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|Colours:||Good land green, city cream, great lakes blue, black & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Oscar Robertson, Dave Cowens, Nate Archibald, Bob Lanier, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Alex English, Moses Malone, Adrian Dantley, Gary Payton, Guy Rodgers, Ray Allen, Sidney Moncrief & Jack Sickma|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Don Nelson|
|Rivals:||Chicago Bulls, Philadelphia 76’ers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers & Toronto Raptors|
|Legends:||Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Sidney Moncrief, Bob Dangridge, Marques Johnson, Junior Bridgeman, Jon McGlocklin, Bob Lanier, Brian Winters, Ray Allen & Giannis Antetokounmpo|
|Retired Numbers:||1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 14, 16, 32, 33|
|NBA Championships:||2: 1971 & 2021|
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Founded in January of 1968, the team’s ownership group held a fan contest to decide the name of Milwaukee’s newest NBA team. With over 40,000 fans participating in the competition, the Robins was the most voted fan entry, however, the selection committee elected to name the team after the second most popular entry, the Bucks in reference to Wisconsin’s national animal, the white-tailed deer.
In their inaugural season, the Bucks won only 26 games and were subsequently awarded the first pick in the 1969 NBA draft, a pick that gave them access to future Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor.
Kareem was a phenomenon at the collegiate, winning three consecutive NCAA national championships at UCLA before joining the Bucks in the NBA. With the addition of Kareem, the Bucks made their first playoff appearance in just their second season. Posting the second best record in the league with 56 wins.
Abdul-Jabbar was the 1970 NBA Rookie of the Year, averaging 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds over his 82 regular season games. Following a loss to the eventual champion New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks traded for Olympic gold medallist, 1964 NBA MVP and Hall of Fame point guard, Oscar Robertson.
The addition of Robertson proved to be the missing piece for the Bucks, finishing the 1970-71 regular season with 66 wins, the second most in NBA history at the time. Kareem won his first of six NBA MVPs, averaging 31.7 points and 16.0 rebounds per game, and the Milwaukee Bucks went on to win their first and to this day only NBA championship, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets.
After claiming a title in just their third season the Bucks became the fastest expansion team in American sports history to win a championship. Despite 63, 60 and 59 win seasons following their 1971 NBA title, the Bucks failed to convert their dominance of the early 70’s into a second championship. Milwaukee reached the NBA finals once again in 1974, although were defeated in seven games by the Boston Celtics.
The aftermath of the 1974 Finals was the beginning of the end for the Bucks championship aspirations. Robertson retired prior to the 1974-75 season, and Kareem missed the first 16 games with a broken hand. The Bucks went 3-13 without their superstar, finishing the season with a 38-44 record, missing the playoffs and finishing at the bottom of their division.
In June of 1975 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, finishing his time in Milwaukee with a championship, three NBA MVPs and averages of 30.4 points and 15.3 rebounds per game through his six seasons as a member of the Bucks.
Despite losing the league’s best player, Milwaukee remained relevant in the NBA. Don Nelson took over as head coach in 1976, and with an abundance of first round picks in the late 70’s, the Bucks were once again a competitive team.
After selecting Sidney Moncrief with the fifth pick in the 1979 draft, the Bucks began a stretch of 11 consecutive winning seasons, including six division titles, 11 playoff appearances and two NBA coach of the year awards for Don Nelson.
Due to the strong play of Moncrief and the arrival of Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce and Jack Sikma, the Bucks were a consistent threat in the Eastern Conference throughout the 80’s. However, like the mid 70’s championships continued to elude them, defeated by the Celtics or 76’ers in every playoff campaign.
The 1990’s were certainly the leanest period of success in Bucks history, with eight consecutive losing seasons and not a single playoff series for the decade. Ray Allen, Tim Thomas and Sam Cassell led the 2001 Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals, off the back of winning 52 regular season games and claiming the franchise’s first divisional title in 15 years.
Despite falling only one victory shy of an NBA finals appearance in 2001, the Bucks missed the playoffs the following season. Throughout the mid 2000’s to mid 2010’s players such as Glenn Robinson, Gary Payton, Michael Redd, Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings, Kwame Brown and Stephen Jackson represented the Bucks franchise over a 10 year stretch that once again saw no playoff series victories.
In 2013, the team as we know it today was forged, selecting Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick in the 2013 NBA draft and trading for Kris Middleton. Antetokounmpo has since been named a four time All Star, 2017 NBA Most Improved Player, member of multiple All-NBA teams and the 2019 NBA MVP. With Middleton being named a two time All Star.
Success was not immediate for Milwaukee, however, once Mike Budenhozer took over as head coach in 2018, the Bucks were once again title contenders. In just two seasons, Budenhozer’s has twice led Milwaukee to the best record in the league, with Antetokounmpo and Middleton as the cornerstones of the team. After winning their first playoff series since 2001, Milwaukee were knocked out of the 2019 playoffs by the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The 2019-20 season saw great expectation for the Bucks. Giannis won his second straight MVP and with his free agency in 2021, Milwaukee needed to win in the postseason.
After finishing with the best record in the league, the Bucks easily defeated the Magic in the first round of the playoffs before coming up against the Miami Heat. The Bucks were unravelled and lost to the Heat in just five games.
With a second straight disappointing playoff exit, many speculated whether Giannis would be traded by the Bucks so they could at least get something in return for him, incase he were to leave for nothing in 2021.
Milwaukee were instead focusing on building their roster to better suit Giannis and allow him to get the success he truely desired. They traded for Jrue Holiday to add a third star to play alongside Antetokounmpo and Middleton and it paid dividends, giving the Milwaukee Bucks their second ever NBA Championship.
It was a relatively easy run for the Bucks, with their toughest test coming in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Nets. Without home court advantage, it took until the 7th game for Milwaukee to overcome Brooklyn, but it made the team stronger and paved the way for them to defeat the Hawks in the Conference Finals and then take care of the Suns in The NBA Finals. Giannis was named Finals MVP after a dominant performance and now it is just a matter of how many rings can they add to the collection.
The Bucks finally did it after years of contending in the Eastern Conference. Giannis faced his playoff demons and had a phenomenal run in the finals on both ends of the floor to lead the Bucks. However, with a Nets team likely at full strength this season and a bunch of teams in the West getting better, do the Bucks have enough to go back to back?
Coach Mike Budenholzer has been the Bucks head coach since 2018 and has led this team to great success. His coaching tenure coincided with the ascension of Giannis as one of the best players in the league. Budenholzer has been very successful as the Bucks head coach including a Conference Finals appearance in his first year and a Conference Semi-Finals appearance in his second year.
Now Budenholzer has a NBA Championship on his head coaching resume and to go with his 2 Coach of the Year awards. Under Budenholzer, the Bucks have been a great defensive team that has struggled offensively at times in the half court. They were able to overcome some of those struggles during the 2021 Playoffs but cracks still showed in the half court.
This offseason the Bucks were busy trying to construct a championship calibre team for Bud. The first move was re-signing Bobby Portis who had a great series in the NBA Finals and was fun to watch. Portis was great last season shooting 48% from 3 which helped space the floor for Giannis. They got rid of the aging PJ Tucker and brought in a bunch of 3 and D wings.
Although we thought the Bucks should’ve tried to keep the low cost veteran due to his great defensive efforts during the playoffs, trading age for versatility is not necessarily bad. The addition of these 3 and D wings will help the Bucks maintain their defensive identity while spacing the floor for Giannis to dominate on the inside. The biggest question has been and will be whether or not the pieces around Giannis can hit their shots when crunch time happens. Until last year, they haven’t been able to.
The Bucks are Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 2 time MVP and former defensive player of the year is, in our opinion, the best player in the NBA. He is a huge impact maker on both ends of the floor. During the finals he showed that with the crucial block on Deandre Ayton and dropping 50 points in game 6 of the finals. Giannis is insane without the 3 point shot and a consistent jumper, but with better shooting he will be even more unstoppable.
We got sneak peeks of that during the finals where Giannis was hitting his free throws and fade away jumpers. The Suns struggle to stop him. If Giannis can replicate that against the Nets and the very best in the NBA, the sky’s the limit for the Bucks. Giannis is a known commodity who somehow has more upside, the Bucks will go as far as Giannis takes them.
Around Giannis, the Bucks have constructed a great team. The Bucks have one of the best defensive starting 5s in the league with Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez to surround Giannis. I think the 2nd best in this team is Jrue Holiday. The addition of Holiday helped this Bucks team turn the corner.
Jrue has been one of the best defenders in the league for years, and although he has struggled offensively at times, he often guarded the opposing team’s best player successfully. Kevin Durant has been on record saying Jrue is the best one on one defender in the league. If Jrue can get more familiarity with Budenholzer’s system and work out on improving and adjusting to fit more offensively, the Bucks will be able to beat anyone, even the Nets. Outside of Giannis, Jrue will be the key.
Bobby Portis will be the breakout player from the Bucks. Portis was a somewhat inconsistent part of the Bucks rotation last season but found himself fitting very well with the team especially toward the end of the season. The reason we think Portis is the breakout star is that the Bucks starting five are 29 or older and have likely shown us their full potential. Portis still has room to grow as he enters his prime.
Portis put up the most efficient seasons in his career at the Bucks. This season, we think Portis will continue to flourish as the Bucks have carved out a clear role for the 25 year old. We got a glimpse of this in the NBA Finals where Portis made a huge difference off the bench, and fit well on the floor with Giannis. When Giannis was out against the Hawks, Portis highlighted his value through his continued hustle and strong shooting. Watch for Portis to get better next season with the Bucks as the 6th man.
Given the Jrue Holiday trade had already occured, Milwaukee opened as second favorites to win the 2021 NBA Championship with +550 odds. They stayed amongst the top five in favoritism all season long and then eventually cashed in as Champs.
Despite eventually winning the Championship and finishing third in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks had a disappointing year compared to bookmakers’ benchmarks, finishing 32-40 against the spread, which was the worst of all teams to qualify for the playoffs. They finished an even 18-18 ATS at home but were just 14-22 on the road.
While not good against the spread, Milwaukee’s game style saw them play in a lot of high scoring games. They finished with the 4th best total points record, 41-31, and were positive both at home and on the road, with a slightly better record for the former.
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Where do the Milwaukee Bucks play?
The Milwaukee Bucks play their home games at the Fiserv Forum.
Who owns the Milwaukee Bucks?
An ownership group consisting of Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan and Mark Fascitelli have been the principal owners of the Bucks since 2015.
Have the Milwaukee Bucks won an NBA Championship?
The Milwaukee Bucks have won tw0 NBA championships, in 1971 & 2021.
Who is the Milwaukee Bucks coach?
Mike Budenhozer is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.
Do the Milwaukee Bucks play tonight?
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What is the Milwaukee Bucks record?
The Milwaukee Bucks had a 46-26 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Milwaukee Bucks win last night?
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How much are the Milwaukee Bucks worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Bucks are worth $1.35 billion.
Who do the Milwaukee Bucks play tonight?
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How to watch the Milwaukee Bucks?
You can watch the Memphis Grizzlies on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Wisconsin, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Milwaukee Bucks make the playoffs this year?
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the regular season in third place in the Eastern Conference and securing a playoff berth with a 46-26 record.
When do the Milwaukee Bucks play?
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Where did the Milwaukee Bucks finish the season?
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the 2020-21 NBA season third in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Milwaukee Bucks win?
The Milwaukee Bucks won 46 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Milwaukee Bucks?
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