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Milwaukee Bucks
Conference Eastern Conference NBA.png Eastern Conference
Division Central Division
Founded 1968
History Milwaukee Bucks
Arena Fiserv Forum
City Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team Colors Good Land Green, Cream City Cream, Great Lakes Blue, Black, White
Media Bally Sports Wisconsin
Owner(s) Wes Edens, Marc Lasry, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitelli
General Manager Jon Horst
Head Coach Mike Budenholzer
Uniform Sponsor Motorola
D-League affiliate Wisconsin Herd
NBA NBA Championship logo.png 2 (1971, 2021)
Conference Conference Championship logo.png 3
Western: 2 (1971, 1974)
Eastern: 1 (2021)
Division 17 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2001, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
Retired numbers 9 (1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 14, 16, 32, 33)
Official Website
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Home court
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The Milwaukee Bucks are an American professional basketball franchise based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks are a member of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Bucks play their home games at the Fiserv Forum.

The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team. Former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl was the long-time owner of the team, but on April 16, 2014, a group led by billionaire hedge fund managers Wes Edens and Marc Lasry agreed to purchase a majority interest in the team from Kohl, a sale which was approved by the owners of the NBA and its Board of Governors one month later on May 16.[11] The team is managed by Jon Horst, the team's former director of basketball operations, who took over for John Hammond in May 2017.

The Bucks have won two league titles (1971, 2021), three conference titles (1971, 1974, 2021), and 17 division titles (1971–1974, 1976, 1980–1986, 2001, 2019–2022). They have featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-JabbarSidney MoncriefOscar RobertsonBob DandridgeBob LanierGlenn RobinsonRay AllenSam CassellJunior BridgemanMichael ReddTerry CummingsVin BakerJon McGlocklinMarques Johnson, and Brian Winters. Abdul-Jabbar and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player while playing for the Bucks, for a total of four MVP awards.

After a 47-year drought, the Bucks reached the 2021 NBA Finals, where they defeated the Phoenix Suns in six games, winning their first NBA championship in 50 years.

Franchise History

Team creation

Milwaukee Bucks logo 1968–1993.

The Milwaukee Bucks were formed in 1968. On January 22, 1968, the National Basketball Association (NBA) awarded a franchise to Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc. (Milwaukee Pro), a group headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman. In October, the Bucks played their first NBA regular-season game against the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467. As is typical with expansion teams, the Bucks' first season (1968–69) was a struggle. Their first victory came in their sixth game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134–118; they won only 26 more games in their first year. The Bucks' record that year earned them a coin flip against their expansion cousins, the Phoenix Suns, to see who would get the first pick in the upcoming draft. It was a foregone conclusion that the first pick in the draft would be Lew Alcindor of UCLA. The Bucks won the coin flip, but had to win a bidding war with the upstart American Basketball Association (ABA) to secure him.[1]

1969–1975: The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar era

The Bucks selected Lew Alcindor with the first pick in the 1969 NBA Draft. Alcindor, alongside Oscar Robertson, led the Bucks to their first NBA championship in 1971, winning NBA Finals MVP. Alcindor would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972, having already privately converted to Islam. During his six seasons with the Bucks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar averaged 30.4 points and 15.3 rebounds per game.

While it was expected that Alcindor would make the Bucks respectable almost immediately, no one expected what happened in 1969–70. They finished with a 56–26 record – a nearly exact reversal of the previous year and good enough for the second-best record in the league, behind the New York Knicks. The 29-game improvement was the best in league history – a record which would stand for 10 years until the Boston Celtics jumped from 29 wins in 1978–79 to 61 in 1979–80 (the difference again being a highly touted rookie, Larry Bird). The Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the Eastern Semifinals, only to be dispatched in five by the New York Knicks in the Eastern finals. Alcindor was a runaway selection for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Oscar Robertson was acquired by the Bucks in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals in 1970 to complement Lew Alcindor. Together, they led the Bucks to their first NBA championship in 1971.

The following season, the Bucks got an unexpected gift when they acquired Oscar Robertson, known as the "Big O", in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals. Subsequently, in only their third season, the Bucks finished 66–16 – the second-most wins in NBA history at the time, and still the most in franchise history. During the regular season, the Bucks recorded a then-NBA record 20-game win streak. They then steamrolled through the playoffs with a dominating 12–2 record, winning the NBA Championship on April 30, 1971, by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games. By winning it all in only their third season, the Bucks became the fastest expansion team in NBA history to win the championship.

The Bucks remained a powerhouse for the first half of the 1970s. In 1972, they recorded their third consecutive 60-win season, the first NBA team to do so. During the year, Lew Alcindor converted to Islam and changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Milwaukee beat the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs 4–1, but lost the conference finals to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers 4–2. In 1973, they recorded their third consecutive 60-win season, the first NBA team to do so, but injuries resulted in an early playoff exit against the Golden State Warriors. However, the Bucks were back in the 1974 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. In game six of the series, Abdul-Jabbar made his famous "sky hook" shot to end a classic double-overtime victory for the Bucks. The Bucks lost game seven and the series to the Celtics, and did not return to the NBA Finals until 2021.

As the 1974–75 season began, Abdul-Jabbar suffered a hand injury and the team got off to a 3–13 start. After his return, other injuries befell Milwaukee, sending them to the bottom of their division with 38 wins and 44 losses. When the season ended, Abdul-Jabbar made the stunning announcement that he no longer wished to play for the Bucks, stating that he needed the big city, requesting a trade to either Los Angeles or New York. The front office was unable to convince him otherwise and on June 16, 1975, the Bucks pulled a mega-trade by sending Abdul-Jabbar to the Los Angeles Lakers for Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman, Brian Winters and David Meyers. The trade triggered a series of events that led to a change in the team's ownership. Jim Fitzgerald, the Bucks largest stockholder, opposed the trade and wanted to sell his stock. Although Fitzgerald was the largest stockholder, he did not own enough stock to control the team.

1976–1979: Transition from Abdul-Jabbar

After the deal, the Bucks had several seasons in transition, but most of these players would go on to help the team. After being sold to cable television executive Jim Fitzgerald and several partners in 1976, the Bucks would enter into another era of greatness. It began with Don Nelson who became head coach in November 1976 after Larry Costello abruptly resigned. In the 1977 draft, the Bucks had three first round picks and drafted Kent Benson, Marques Johnson and Ernie Grunfeld. Johnson would become a staple in the Bucks for years to come. Rookie Sidney Moncrief made his debut in 1979. Don Nelson went on to win two NBA Coach of the Year awards with the Bucks, both during seasons where the team won division titles, in 1983 and 1985.

On October 18, 1977, Jabbar, playing with L.A., punched Benson during a game. Jabbar broke his hand in the process.[2] Benson had been aggressive under the boards and Jabbar, a martial arts blackbelt, snapped. Jabbar was fined $5,000 by the NBA and missed the next 20 games. Meanwhile, Benson never played as aggressively again and the Bucks traded him to the Detroit Pistons in 1980 for veteran center Bob Lanier to fill in the hole left by the departure of Jabbar. They then won the Midwest Division title in 1980. After losing to Seattle in the semi-finals, the Bucks moved to the Eastern Conference's Central Division.

1979–1990: The Sidney Moncrief era

Sidney Moncrief was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 5th pick in the 1979 NBA Draft.

There, they would win six straight division titles and have .500 seasons for the next 11 years. Within those years, the Bucks became perennial Eastern Conference contenders, primarily due to the strong play of Moncrief, Paul Pressey, Craig Hodges and the arrival of Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce and Jack Sikma from trades with the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics respectively. However, the Bucks were unable to make it to the NBA Finals again, being eliminated by either the Celtics or the Sixers each time.

For much of the 1970s the Bucks colors were forest green, deep red and white. In 1978, they added various shades of green to the uniforms, and in 1985, they eliminated red from the team colors.

Noteworthy for the 1980s Bucks is that in 1983 they became the first, and until 2003, only team in NBA history to sweep the Boston Celtics in a best-of-seven playoffs series, being the first team to meet and defeat Michael Jordan in a playoffs series (during Jordan's rookie year), and hosting Julius Erving's final NBA game in the 1987 NBA Playoffs, which would see the Bucks advancing with a game five first-round playoff victory.

Ownership and arena changes

In 1985, Fitzgerald and his partners (one of which was Stuart Shadel) decided to sell the Bucks. He was having health problems and some of his investors wanted to get out. The Bucks were playing in the smallest arena in the NBA and the city did not want to build a new one. Milwaukee businessman and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl bought the Bucks after fears that out-of-town investors could buy the team and move it out of Milwaukee. Before the transaction was complete, Jane and Lloyd Pettit of Milwaukee announced they were donating a new arena called the Bradley Center. In 2003, after considering selling the team, Kohl announced that he had decided against selling the Bucks to Michael Jordan and would "continue to own them, improve them and commit them to remaining in Wisconsin".

In 2012, the arena sold the naming rights of the building to the BMO Harris Bank division of Bank of Montreal, which had purchased the assets of M&I Bank a year earlier, and after the heirs to the Bradley fortune gave their approval, and was renamed the "BMO Harris Bradley Center".

1990–1998: Era of struggles

Milwaukee Bucks logo 1993–2006.

For most of the 1990s, the Bucks franchise was mired in mediocrity under coaches Frank Hamblen, Mike Dunleavy, and Chris Ford. From 1991 through 1998, the Bucks suffered seven straight seasons of losing records. During this period, the Bucks drafted Glenn Robinson with the first overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and in 1996 acquired rookie Ray Allen in a draft day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both players would have prominent roles in the Bucks resurgence during the late 1990s.

After the franchise's 25th anniversary in 1993, the Bucks overhauled their logo and uniforms. The colors were green, purple, and silver. The old logo, which featured a cartoonish deer, was replaced in favor of a more realistic one. The primary color scheme was altered as well, when red was supplanted by purple. Purple road uniforms replaced the former green away uniforms.

In 1997, the Bucks sent all-star forward Vin Baker in a three-team trade to the Seattle SuperSonics, and they would acquire Cleveland Cavaliers guard Terrell Brandon and forward Tyrone Hill. They also traded their tenth overall pick Danny Fortson, guard Johnny Newman, and center Joe Wolf to the Denver Nuggets for center Ervin Johnson. The 1997-98 Bucks finished their season with a 36-46 record, yet failing to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive time.

1998–2003: The Big Three era: Allen, Cassell, and Robinson

Ray Allen, alongside Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson (both not pictured), led a successful renaissance era for the Bucks in the early 2000s, with the team reaching its zenith in the 2000–01 season, winning 52 games and their first division title in 15 years.

After a decade of dwelling near the bottom of the NBA's standings, the Bucks looked to add credibility to their basketball operations. In 1998, the team hired veteran coach George Karl, who had reached the NBA Finals with the Seattle SuperSonics. Under the leadership of Karl and general manager Ernie Grunfeld, and with the steady addition of talent such as Tim Thomas and Sam Cassell, the Bucks developed into an elite team in the Eastern Conference. The nucleus of the "big three"—consisting of Ray Allen, Cassell, and Robinson—along with Karl, created a successful renaissance era in Milwaukee. The team reached its zenith in 2000–2001, winning 52 games and the Central Division title, their first division title in 15 years. In the playoffs, the Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic in four games. the first round. Then, they defeated the Charlotte Hornets in seven games in the semifinals, reaching the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals, in which they lost in seven games to the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers.

After coming close to a NBA Finals appearance in 2001, the Bucks sought to make key off-season player additions to put the team in the NBA Finals. Behind the strong encouragement of George Karl, the Bucks acquired forward Anthony Mason at the beginning of the 2001–02 season. On paper, this move made the Bucks the team to beat in the East. However, Mason battled with his weight and had a tough time finding his role.[3] The Bucks, who at the season's midway point were the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, began to free-fall. The collapse culminated with a loss to the Detroit Pistons on the final night of the season, which eliminated the Bucks from the playoffs. The fallout created tension between the team's players and coach, resulting in a trade of Glenn Robinson to Atlanta (for Toni Kukoc and a 2003 first-round draft pick, used to select T. J. Ford).

During the 2002–03 season, the Bucks traded Ray Allen and backup Ronald "Flip" Murray to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton and Desmond Mason. The trade allowed emerging star Michael Redd to see increased playing time, and with Payton in the backcourt, they finished the season with a 42–40 record. The Bucks made the playoffs, but lost in the first round to the New Jersey Nets in six games. That offseason, team leaders Sam Cassell and Ervin Johnson were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves (for Joe Smith). Payton left via free agency, after playing only 28 games for the Bucks. Coach Karl's tenure also ended after the season. Within a one-year period, the team had lost the coach and players most responsible for the team's success during that era.

2003–2009: The Michael Redd era


Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.

Under the direction of new general manager Larry Harris, the Bucks struggled with inconsistency and injury for the next six years. During that period, they reached the playoffs twice, first under coach Terry Porter in 2004 and then under Terry Stotts in 2006. In both instances, they were defeated by the Detroit Pistons in five games. During that period, Michael Redd blossomed into an all-star and a perimeter shooting threat, becoming the new "face of the franchise".[4] The Bucks received the first pick in the 2005 NBA draft, and used it to select center Andrew Bogut. Bogut struggled with both inconsistency and injuries in his first four years in Milwaukee, but over time became a key contributor to the Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks logo 2006–2015.[5]

In 2006, the team finished 40–42, last in their division, 24 games behind Detroit, but still made the playoffs in a season where every team in their division did. They were paired as the eighth seed versus the 64–18 conference-leading Detroit Pistons. They won game three at home, but lost the other four in a 4–1 series loss.

Also in March, the Bucks announced that they would not renew general manager Larry Harris's contract, which was to expire in June. In April, the Bucks hired John Hammond, formerly vice-president of basketball operations for the Pistons, as their new GM,[6] giving the Milwaukee team a fresh director recently associated with success.

Also in April, the Bucks announced that Larry Krystkowiak, the third and final head coach hired by Larry Harris, had been relieved of his duties. Scott Skiles, formerly of the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns, became head coach.

On June 26, 2008, the Bucks acquired Richard Jefferson from the New Jersey Nets in a trade for 2007 first-round draft pick Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons.[7] Later that day, the Bucks selected West Virginia's Joe Alexander with the eighth pick of the NBA draft. Alexander was the first Taiwanese-born player in the NBA.

2009–2013: The arrival of Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings

In the 2009 NBA draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected point guard Brandon Jennings, who had not gone to college but played in Italy the previous year. Midway through the season, Bucks GM John Hammond traded Hakim Warrick to Chicago, and acquired John Salmons. In a Bucks uniform, Salmons averaged a team-leading 19.9 points per game. The play of Jennings, along with the improvement of Andrew Bogut, the improved Ersan İlyasova, and the Salmons trade, catapulted the team to be a playoff contender. At the beginning of the season, the Bucks had low playoffs expectations; they had not been in four years.[8] In October, the Bucks quickly fell behind the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Central Division, but Milwaukee ultimately clinched a playoff berth on April 6, 2010, with a road win over the Chicago Bulls. It was during that time that the phrase "fear the deer" started, most likely by an ESPN commentator, and adopted on message boards and within Andrew Bogut's Squad 6.[9] The slogan rang well with Bucks fans, who started bringing signs with the phrase to games. The slogan became the team's battle cry in the NBA playoffs. The Bucks finished the regular season with a record of 46–36. The Bucks clinched the sixth seed and were eliminated in a seven-game series against the Atlanta Hawks. It was the farthest Milwaukee had gotten in the postseason since 2001. The Bucks short playoff run was also in part due to Andrew Bogut suffering a broken arm after making an awkward fall after a dunk in a late-season game, thus ending his season. In the 2010–11 season, the Bucks finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, just out of reach of the playoffs.[10]

With Bogut sidelined for the rest of the season and Stephen Jackson and head coach Scott Skiles not seeing eye-to-eye, the Bucks decided to trade both players. On March 13, 2012, 48 hours before the trade deadline, the Bucks traded Bogut and Jackson to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, and Kwame Brown.

Before the 2012 NBA draft, the Bucks sent a first-round pick, Shaun Livingston, Jon Brockman, and Jon Leuer to the Houston Rockets for a first-round pick and Samuel Dalembert. In the 2012 draft, the Bucks selected Doron Lamb and John Henson.

After 32 games of the 2012–13 season, the Bucks fired Skiles, their coach since 2008. Jim Boylan was announced as the interim head coach and led the Bucks to a 22–28 record to finish the season at 38–44. The Bucks qualified as the eighth seed, where they were quickly swept 4–0 by the reigning, and eventual, champions, the Miami Heat.

2013–present: The Giannis Antetokounmpo era

2013–2014: under Larry Drew

Giannis Antetokounmpo was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks 15th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. Antetokounmpo would go on to become the franchise player for the Bucks, winning the NBA Most Valuable Player Award twice in 2019 and 2020. In 2021, he helped lead the team to their first NBA championship since 1971 and was named Finals MVP.

Jim Boylan was relieved of his coaching duties and ex-Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew was hired. They also traded the 43rd pick, Ricky Ledo, for Nate Wolters. In the 2013 free agency campaign, they brought in O. J. Mayo, Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachulia and Gary Neal as well as seeing Monta Ellis opt out of the final year of his contract. The Bucks also agreed to sign-and-trade Brandon Jennings to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov. The Bucks later extended their contract with Larry Sanders with a four-year, $44 million contract and traded Ish Smith and Kravtsov to the Phoenix Suns for Caron Butler. By the start of the 2013–14 season, the Bucks only had four players on their roster from the previous season. The season itself was a struggle, as the Bucks finished with the worst record in the league at 15–67, the worst in team history.

On April 16, 2014, long-time Bucks owner Herb Kohl agreed to sell a majority interest of the team to New York-based billionaires Wes Edens, and Marc Lasry for $550 million, but Kohl still retains a significant minority interest in the team. The new owners were expected to keep the team in Milwaukee. They were also expected to contribute $100 million toward building a new arena for the franchise. Approval from the NBA Board of Governors came on May 15, a month later. By this time, Bradley Center was seen as obsolete. The donation from the Bradley heirs did not provide for the arena's operating expenses or long-term capital needs. This led the NBA to give an ultimatum to Edens and Lasry–unless the Bucks were either close to getting a new arena or actually opening a new arena by the 2017-18 season, Edens and Lasry would be required to return the franchise to the league, which would sell it to prospective ownership groups in Las Vegas and Seattle.[11][12]

On June 26, 2014, the Bucks chose Duke forward Jabari Parker with the second overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft.

2014–2018: under Jason Kidd

On July 1, 2014, the Milwaukee Bucks secured the coaching rights for Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019.[13] With the acquisition of Kidd, the team fired coach Larry Drew.

With the many changes to the Bucks in ownership, coaches, and acquiring new young players to rebuild the team, the Bucks' new slogan for the 2014-15 season became "Own The Future".

The Bucks' overall play vastly improved, and on December 26, the Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-77 for their 15th win, matching their win total of the previous season just 30 games in. The Bucks then went on a stretch from January 24 to February 20, where they went 10-2. The Bucks beat the Sacramento Kings on February 11 for their 30th win of the year, and also became the first ever NBA team to double their win total from the previous season before the All-Star Break.

Off the court, the Bucks made several changes to their roster, releasing Larry Sanders after several off-court incidents that led to multiple suspensions. On February 19, in the final minutes of the trade deadline, the Bucks became part of a 3-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns, sending Brandon Knight, who was in the final year of his contract, to the Suns, and receiving reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee, and Tyler Ennis. The Bucks also lost expected superstar Jabari Parker to a season-ending knee injury on December 15 in a game against the Phoenix Suns.

On January 25, the NBA passed the 'Jay-Z Rule', preventing team ownership to be fractured into less than 25 individual owners and 1%. Both Lasry and Edens sold chunks of Bucks ownership to family, friends, and prominent members of the Milwaukee community.[14]

On April 13, 2015, the Milwaukee Bucks unveiled new primary and secondary logos, as well as a new color scheme. The new branding will take effect beginning with the 2015–16 NBA season. The Bucks' new official colors are Good Land Green, Cream City Cream, Great Lakes Blue, Black and White.[15]

The Bucks finished the 2014-15 season with a 41-41 record. Their 26-game improvement from the previous season was the second highest in franchise history. The Bucks made the 2015 NBA Playoffs as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, where they faced the Chicago Bulls in the first round, losing in six games.

On July 6, 2015, Bucks president Peter Feigin stated if public funding for a new arena falls through, the NBA may buy the team and move it to Las Vegas or Seattle. The latter city could be the frontrunner, as the city had a proven fanbase with the Seattle SuperSonics (a name the Bucks would more than likely pick up with a move to the city), and the NBA only needs a $25 million profit to buy the Bucks and move them to one of the two aforementioned cities. Current Bucks owners Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan combined with Herb Kohl to pledge $250 million for the new arena and are seeking a match from the public. Of those funds, $93 million would come from the Wisconsin Center District in the form of new debt on Milwaukee citizens. The district wouldn't commence repaying the bonds until 13 years thereafter.[16]

On July 9, 2015, the Bucks confirmed their signing of C Greg Monroe to a 3 year, 50 million dollar deal, and their re-signing of Khris Middleton to a 5 year, 70 million dollar contract.

On July 15, 2015, the future for the Bucks in Milwaukee was solidified after the Wisconsin state senate voted 21-10 in favor of a proposal to use public money to help finance a new arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which as of 2015 is the 3rd-oldest arena currently used by an NBA team, behind Oracle Arena and Madison Square Garden, despite opening in 1988, being used by the Bucks for 27 years and counting.[17]

On the court, the young roster of the Bucks went through a step backward, to a 33–49 record in the 2015–16 season, though Giannis Antetokounmpo had an encouraging stretch in the final half of the season, accumulating 5 triple-doubles.

On June 18, 2016, ground was broken for the Bucks' new arena.

On September 19, 2016, the Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo agreed to a 4-year, $100 million contract extension. In addition, the team would add new young improvements to the roster in drafting Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon, and made trades to bring in Tony Snell and Michael Beasley. When the 2016–17 season began, the Bucks were without Khris Middleton, who suffered a torn hamstring during a practice. Even so, the Bucks remained competitive, staying around .500 for the first half of the season, with both Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker leading the offense. While Parker missed making the All-Star team, Giannis was voted in as a starter, becoming the first Bucks All-Star since Michael Redd in 2004. In January, the Bucks slumped, though fans anticipated a turnaround with Middleton's return on February 8 against the Miami Heat. In the same game, however, Parker tore his ACL for the second time in 3 seasons, ending his season. Even so, Middleton's return still sparked a turnaround in March. During the month, the Bucks went 14–4, putting the team back in the thick of the playoff race. On April 8, 2017, the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90–82, clinching the Bucks a playoff spot. On April 10, the Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 89–79 to clinch only the third winning season for the Bucks since 2001. The team finished the 2016–17 regular season with a 42–40 record. Giannis Antetokounmpo made history, becoming only the 5th player in NBA history to lead his team in all five major statistical categories, and was the first in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in the league in each category. The Bucks were the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and lost in the opening round to the Toronto Raptors, 4–2.

On May 23, 2017, Bucks general manager John Hammond stepped down to become general manager with the Orlando Magic.

On January 22, 2018, the Bucks fired Jason Kidd, who had a 23–22 record in the 2017–18 season. In Kidd's three and a half seasons as head coach, the Bucks had a regular season record of 139–152 and reached the first round of the NBA playoffs in the 2014–15 and 2016–17 seasons.[31] Bucks' assistant coach Joe Prunty was announced as Kidd's replacement on an interim basis for the rest of the season.[32] Prunty finished the season with a 21–16 record, leading the Bucks to an overall 44–38 record, their best since the 2009–10 season. Seeded seventh in the 2017–18 Eastern Conference playoffs, the Bucks lost the series to the second-seeded Boston Celtics, 4–3.

2018–present: under Mike Budenholzer

On May 17, 2018, the Bucks announced former San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach and former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach.

On August 26, 2018, the Bucks' new arena, Fiserv Forum, opened to the public.

The Bucks stormed through the regular season, finishing 60–22, their most wins since the 1980–81 season. They also finished with the league-best record for the second time in franchise history, and the first time since the 1970–71 championship season. This garnered them home court advantage in a playoff series for the first time since 2001, and only the second time in the new millennium. On April 22, 2019, the Bucks swept the Detroit Pistons for their first playoff series win since 2001. On May 8, they defeated the Boston Celtics in five games to reach their first conference finals since 2001, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors in six games. After the season, Giannis Antetokounmpo was named the league's Most Valuable Player.

In their 2019–20 season, the Bucks clinched a playoff berth after the team's 56th regular season game, becoming the fastest team to clinch a playoff spot measured by the number of games played and by the calendar date (February 23) since the NBA changed its playoff format in 1984. Following the suspension of the 2019–20 NBA season, the Bucks were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA Bubble to participate in the final 8 games of the regular season.

When the format of the Bubble announced, Bucks won the Central Division on June 4 and tied Detroit Pistons' record of 9 Central Division titles. On August 6, 2020, following a 130–116 victory over the Miami Heat after coming back from a 23-point deficit, the Bucks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference for a second consecutive season.

In the playoffs, the Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic in the first round in five games, advancing to the semifinals, where they were upset by the eventual Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat in five games.

On August 26, 2020, the Bucks’ players refused to play in their playoff matchup against the Orlando Magic following the shooting of Jacob Blake by police on August 23, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is 32 miles south of Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo received his second consecutive Most Valuable Player award after returning home from the NBA Bubble upon the Bucks losing in the semi-finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs to the Miami Heat. During the first possession of a 2020–21 regular season game against the Detroit Pistons on January 6, 2021, both teams took a knee in protest to the announcement that criminal charges would not be filed against police officers in the Blake shooting. The Bucks held the ball for seven seconds in reference to Blake's seven gunshots.

2020–21: Return to the NBA Finals and Second NBA championship

During the offseason, the Bucks signed Giannis Antetokounmpo to a 5-year, $228 million contract extension, the largest contract in NBA history. Along with resigning their superstar, the Bucks also made a trade which resulted in Eric Bledsoe being sent to the New Orleans Pelicans and receiving Jrue Holiday. The Bucks also strengthened their bench with free agent signings of Bobby Portis and Bryn Forbes. In their 2020–21 season, the Bucks clinched the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a record of 46–26, as well as their third consecutive Central Division title. It was the third consecutive season the Bucks had a winning percentage of at least .600, the first time it had happened in franchise history since 1984–86. During the season, the Bucks acquired P.J. Tucker to further strengthen their defense for the playoffs.

In the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Bucks began by defeating the Miami Heat in a four-game sweep in the first round in a rematch of the previous year's Eastern Conference Semifinals. They then defeated the Brooklyn Nets (led by their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden) in seven games in the Conference Semifinals, culminating with a Game 7 overtime victory on the road at Barclays Center. They then defeated the Atlanta Hawks in six games in the Conference Finals to secure their third NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and their first since 1974. In the NBA Finals, the Bucks faced the Phoenix Suns, who were favored after defeating the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the Western Conference first round. The Bucks defeated the Suns in six games, winning their second NBA championship and their first since 1971 in six games culminating with a 105–98 win in Game 6 at Fiserv Forum. Giannis Antetokounmpo was named Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points in the Finals series including a 50-point performance in Game 6.

2021–22: Title defense

The Bucks finished the 2021–22 season with a 51–31 record, clinching the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They began their title defense by defeating the 6th-seeded Chicago Bulls in five games in the first round, advancing to the semifinals where they faced the 2nd-seeded Boston Celtics. The two teams previously met in the 2019 NBA Playoffs also in the semifinals, with the Bucks winning in five games. However, the Bucks lost to the Celtics in seven games, ending their title defense.


As of July 16, 2015, the following individuals and groups are the among owners of the Bucks:

  • Jamie Dinan,[18] hedge fund manager and founder of York Capital Management.
  • Wesley Edens, co-founder of the Fortress Investment Group LLC, based in New York
  • Giacamo Falluca,[19] CEO Palermo's Pizza
  • Michael D. Fascitelli,[20][21] former CEO of Vornado Realty Trust.
  • Jon Hammes,[18] co-chair of fundraising for Scott Walker's 2016 presidential campaign.[22]
  • Jeffrey A. Joerres,[21] executive chairman of ManpowerGroup
  • Jim Kacmarcik,[23] president of Kapco, a metal stamping company in Grafton, Wisconsin
  • Craig Karmazin,[23] CEO of Good Karma Brands
  • Ted Kellner,[23] chairman of the board and CEO, Fiduciary Management, Inc. and formerly of the Marshall & Ilsley Corporation board of directors
  • Gale Klappa,[18] CEO Wisconsin Energy Corporation
  • Michael Kocourek,[23] president of Mid Oaks Investments
  • Partners for Community Impact,[18]
  • Herb Kohl,
  • Marc Lasry, CEO and co-founder of Avenue Capital Group
  • Keith Mardark,[23] chairman and CEO of Hal Leonard Corporation, a sheet music company
  • Agustin Ramirez,[21] executive chairman of Waukesha-based HUSCO International Inc.
  • Austin Ramirez,[21][24] president and CEO of HUSCO International
  • Adam Stern[21] minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, a managing director and head of business development at Aristeia Capital, a New York-based asset management firm
  • Marc Stern,[21] minority owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, chairman TCW Group Inc.
  • Teddy Werner,[23] Milwaukee Brewers vice president of business development and son of Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner
  • Aaron Rodgers, American football player for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL)

Notable firsts in Bucks history

First draft choice

First game

  • On October 16, 1968, the Bucks hosted the Chicago Bulls, dropping an 89–84 decision in front of a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467. Starting for the Bucks were Guy Rodgers, Jon McGlocklin, Fred Hetzel, Len Chappell, and Wayne Embry. McGlocklin scored the first points in team history, draining a jump shot just 13 seconds into the contest and Rodgers led the Bucks with 16 points.

First win

  • The Bucks first claimed victory on October 31, 1968, in a 134–118 decision over the Detroit Pistons at the Milwaukee Arena.

First NBA championship

  • No expansion team in sports history has earned a championship more quickly than the Bucks, who captured the 1971 NBA title in their third season of existence. The 1970–71 Bucks posted a 66–16 regular-season mark under coach Larry Costello. In the postseason, they beat the San Francisco Warriors (4–1) and the Los Angeles Lakers (4–1) before sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four straight for the title.

First Bradley Center game

  • In front of a sellout crowd of 18,649 on November 5, 1988, the Bucks dropped a 107–94 decision to the Atlanta Hawks. Terry Cummings led the Bucks with 19 points.

First Bradley Center win

  • In their second home game in their new home, on November 9, 1988, the Bucks topped Philadelphia 114–103 behind 31 points from Terry Cummings.

Last Bradley Center game

  • In front of a sellout crowd of 18,717 on April 9, 2018, the Bucks defeated the Orlando Magic 102–86. Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with a triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists), while the team's leading scorer was Shabazz Muhammad (22).

First Fiserv Forum game

  • In front of a sellout crowd of 17,341 on October 19, 2018, the Bucks defeated the Indiana Pacers 118–101. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 26 points and 15 rebounds.


The Bucks' official mascot is Bango, presently performed by Kevin Vanderkolk. The word "Bango" was originally coined by Eddie Doucette, the longtime play-by-play announcer for the Bucks. Doucette used the word whenever a Bucks player connected on a long-range basket. It was often used for sharpshooter Jon McGlocklin. When it came time for the Bucks to choose a name for their new mascot, the name "Bango" won the contest.

Bango has been the Bucks' official mascot for over 37 years. He made his official debut on October 18, 1977, which was Milwaukee's home opener of the 1977-78 NBA season. In addition to the date being Bango's home debut, the game itself pitted Milwaukee against former Bucks center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Los Angeles Lakers at the Milwaukee Arena. Bango has worked hard to become popular with Bucks fans all throughout the state of Wisconsin over the years, appearing at schools, parades, and festivals as a goodwill ambassador for the team. His high-flying acrobatic layups, daring rebounds, and other entertaining antics still play an important role in energizing Bucks fans at the Bradley Center.Template:Citation needed Since 2001, Bango has also made perennial appearances at the NBA All-Star Game.

At the 2009 All-Star Weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, Bango suffered an injury during a mascot-participative skit. While standing on one basket's rim, Bango's right leg slipped through the hoop, and he fell on the rim. He then slipped further and fell through the basket entirely. Bango tore his ACL due to the fall and was unable to perform for the remainder of the 2008–09 season, periodically making appearances at games in a wheelchair. A video of Bango's injury at the 2009 Mascot Challenge was uploaded onto YouTube shortly after the incident occurred.[26]

During game four of the 2009–10 first-round playoff series between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks, Bango successfully performed a back-flip dunk from the top of a 16-foot ladder, a feat similar to the Seattle SuperSonics' mascot Squatch's feat during a March 19, 2008, game between the SuperSonics and the Phoenix Suns.

Logos and Uniforms


The Bucks entered the NBA wearing hunter green and white uniforms with red trim. The white uniform featured "Bucks" in green serifed letters with red trim and block numbers, while the green uniform has "Milwaukee" in white serifed letters with red trim. Both sets have the deer head logo on the left leg.

Prior to the 1971–72 season, the letters on the white uniform changed to red with green trim, with "Bucks" now taking a block letter style. They kept the original green uniform until 1973, when it was modified to feature a script "Milwaukee" in red with white trim and numbers below the left chest. Both sets removed the deer head logo on the shorts.

In the 1975–76 season, the Bucks' white uniform changed to feature a script "Bucks" lettering and numbers on the left chest. The green uniform brought back the block "Milwaukee" lettering and centered numbers but kept the red base and white trim. The striping on the shorts was also modified.


Coinciding with the debut of Robert Indiana's iconic MECCA court in the 1977–78 season, the Bucks redesigned their uniforms. It now featured side stripes of kelly, lime and hunter green (a.k.a. the "Irish Rainbows"). Both the hunter green and white uniforms featured the streamlined "Bucks" lettering from the team logo and block lettering. They removed the color red prior to the 1985–86 season, while lime green was promoted to accent color.


The Bucks changed their logo and uniforms for the 1993–94 season. Green was relegated to trim color in favor of purple, while silver was added as an accent color. The original white uniform featured the letters in green with silver and purple trim, while the purple uniform featured letters in white with green and silver trim. In the 2001–02 season, the uniforms were tweaked to include the alternate antler logo on the waist along with extended side stripes. Letters on the purple uniform were now silver with green and white trim.

In the 1995–96 season the Bucks unveiled a hunter green alternate uniform. The script "Bucks" lettering was in white fading to silver and purple and numbers were in white with green and purple trim. The uniform featured the graphic deer logo on the right side. They were retired after the 1998–99 season. It would be resurrected for the 2012–13 season during Hardwood Classics Nights, to updated uniform standards.


Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.

The uniforms were changed again for the 2006–07 season. The new home uniform was white with hunter green stripes on the sides. Inside each green stripe is a thinner red stripe that splits into two stripes near the shoulders. The numbers are green with a red outline. Milwaukee had two road uniforms as part of this set. The primary one was hunter green and a similar design to the home uniform with white numbers with a silver highlight and red outline. Both uniforms jerseys said "BUCKS" across the chest in beveled block letters, the 'B' and 'S' slightly larger than the rest of the letters. A secondary road uniform was introduced in the 2008–09 season. Consisting of red jersey and shorts, it was made to resemble the 1968–73 uniforms. It says "Milwaukee" in white and silver writing, along with the numbers. The uniform set was tweaked for the 2014–15 season, with the addition of a gold tab commemorating their 1971 championship and the move of the NBA logo to the back. The 'Bucks' lettering was tweaked to make all the letters the same height.

During the 2014–15 season, hints were made by the Bucks that their logo and uniforms were going to be redesigned. For one home game, it was anticipated that new uniforms were going to be revealed with hunter orange replacing red as the secondary color. It turned out to be an April Fool's joke, though the Bucks did announce that a new logo and colors would be revealed on April 13, 2015.[15]


Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.

On April 13, 2015, the Milwaukee Bucks unveiled new primary and secondary logos, as well as a new color scheme. The new branding will take effect beginning with the 2015–16 NBA season. The Bucks' new official colors are Good Land green (a reference to "Milwaukee" being supposedly based on an Algonquian word meaning "The Good Land"), Cream City cream (based on Milwaukee's old nickname of "the Cream City", which came from the cream-colored bricks that were used for constructing many of Milwaukee's buildings back during the late 19th century), Great Lakes blue, black, and white.

On June 6, 2015, the Milwaukee Bucks unveiled their new home and road uniforms, to be worn beginning with the 2015–16 NBA season. The new uniforms remained white at home and green on the road, but red is now replaced by cream. The city name also returned to the road uniforms for the first time since 1977. In addition, the jerseys feature a unique color block pattern on the sides, titled the "Cream City Rainbow". The pattern consists of the team's new colors of green, cream, royal blue and black, which the Bucks described as an homage to the "Irish Rainbow" design of the 1980s. Blue was also included inside the collar, representing Milwaukee, and Wisconsin's "blue collar" citizens, while the inscription "Fear the Deer" was written on the bottom left upside down.[27]

The back collar features a small gold tab above the NBA logo, commemorating the Bucks' 1971 and 2021 NBA championships.

On October 3, 2015, the Milwaukee Bucks unveiled a new black alternate uniform. The uniforms still feature the trim and the "Cream City Rainbow" on the sides, with the new Bucks logo in the center and the uniform number placed between the antlers of the logo. In conjunction with the unveiling of the uniform, dubbed the "Fear the Deer uniform", the team also unveiled a new alternate court design, a first in NBA history. The team planned to wear the black alternate uniform and play on the alternate court design for at least four home games during the 2015–16 season.

In 2017, as part of the NBA's new protocol for uniforms, with each team allotted 5 different uniform sets, the Bucks added to their regular home (now "Association" white) and road (now "Icon" green) uniforms, as well as their alternate black ("Statement") uniforms. For their retro uniform, the Bucks went with a replica version of their inaugural home uniforms from 1968 to 1970, as part of the Bucks celebrating their 50th season in the NBA. In addition, the Bucks were also given new "City" uniforms, conceived by Nike as a way of commemorating each of the NBA teams' city history and pride. The "City" uniforms, dubbed "Cream City" uniforms, featured cream-colored jerseys and shorts, with the "Cream City Rainbow" running horizontally along the front of the uniform, with the Bucks logo in the middle. The "Cream City Rainbow" was also on the shorts, shaped in an "M" on both sides that are part of the regular Bucks' uniform design.

For the 2018–19 season, Milwaukee's "City" uniform will pay homage to Robert Indiana's famous MECCA court, featuring yellow, beige and red as base colors and light blue and forest green on the hem of the shorts. "Bucks" is written vertically on the right while the number is on the left; both are in forest green with lime green trim. The Bucks would also wear an "Earned" uniform by virtue of qualifying in the 2018 playoffs; this uniform is essentially the "City" uniform but with the visual elements of red with green stripes, inspired from the 1977–1985 "Irish Rainbow" home uniform.

The Bucks made slight updates to the black "Statement" uniform prior to the 2019–20 season. It was essentially a black version of the team's 2017–18 "City" uniform, with the exception of the "Fear the Deer" insignia on the beltline and near the jock tag.

The Bucks' 2019–20 "City" uniform again used a cream base, this time with a stylized "Cream City" wordmark in front. Blue, cream and green stripes run through the piping while a giant "M" insignia is featured on the shorts. These uniforms are a nod to the team’s fondness of the cream-colored brick buildings which surround the city of Milwaukee.

The 2020–21 Bucks "City" uniform used three shades of Great Lakes Blue as its base color. The uniform was a nod to Milwaukee's meaning as "the gathering place by the water" due to the city's location at the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic rivers flowing into Lake Michigan.

As in 2019, the Bucks were given an "Earned" uniform after making the 2020 playoffs. This design, with a predominantly green base, featured "Bucks," the uniform number and piping in white with black trim, and stylized antlers on each side.

The 2021–22 Bucks "City" uniform combined different elements of each of the Bucks' different uniform designs during their history, as part of the NBA's 75th season celebration. The jersey is white, with the same arched block letters, similar to their first uniforms. The sides featured the different shades of green from the team's "Irish Rainbow" uniform, as well as one line of blue from their current "Cream City Rainbow". Down the rest of the side of the jersey is purple, from the team's uniforms of the late 1990s.

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Percentage

Season W L % Playoffs Results
Milwaukee Bucks
1968-69 27 55 .329
1969-70 56 26 .683 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 1
New York 4, Milwaukee 1
1970-71 66 16 .805 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Milwaukee 4, San Francisco 1
Milwaukee 4, Los Angeles 1
Milwaukee 4, Baltimore 0
1971-72 63 19 .768 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Milwaukee 4, Golden State 1
Los Angeles 4, Milwaukee 2
1972-73 60 22 .732 Lost Conference Semifinals Golden State 4, Milwaukee 2
1973-74 59 23 .720 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Milwaukee 4, Los Angeles 1
Milwaukee 4, Chicago 0
Boston 4, Milwaukee 3
1974-75 38 44 .463
1975-76 38 44 .463 Lost First Round Detroit 2, Milwaukee 1
1976-77 30 52 .366
1977-78 44 38 .537 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Milwaukee 2, Phoenix 0
Denver 4, Milwaukee 3
1978-79 38 44 .463
1979-80 49 33 .598 Lost Conference Semifinals Seattle 4, Milwaukee 3
1980-81 60 22 .732 Lost Conference Semifinals Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 3
1981-82 55 27 .671 Lost Conference Semifinals Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 3
1982-83 51 31 .622 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Milwaukee 4, Boston 0
Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 1
1983-84 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Milwaukee 3, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 4, New Jersey 2
Boston 4, Milwaukee 1
1984-85 59 23 .720 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Milwaukee 3, Chicago 1
Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 0
1985-86 57 25 .695 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Milwaukee 3, New Jersey 0
Milwaukee 4, Philadelphia 3
Boston 4, Milwaukee 0
1986-87 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Milwaukee 3, Philadelphia 2
Boston 4, Milwaukee 3
1987-88 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Atlanta 3, Milwaukee 2
1988-89 49 33 .598 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Milwaukee 3, Atlanta 2
Detroit 4, Milwaukee 0
1989-90 44 38 .537 Lost First Round Chicago 3, Milwaukee 1
1990-91 48 34 .585 Lost First Round Philadelphia 3, Milwaukee 0
1991-92 31 51 .378
1992-93 28 54 .341
1993-94 20 62 .244
1994-95 34 48 .415
1995-96 25 57 .305
1996-97 33 49 .402
1997-98 36 46 .439
1998-99 28 22 .560 Lost First Round Indiana 3, Milwaukee 0
1999-00 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Indiana 3, Milwaukee 2
2000-01 52 30 .634 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Milwaukee 3, Orlando 1
Milwaukee 4, Charlotte 3
Philadelphia 4, Milwaukee 3
2001-02 41 41 .500
2002-03 42 40 .512 Lost First Round New Jersey 4, Milwaukee 2
2003-04 41 41 .500 Lost First Round Detroit 4, Milwaukee 1
2004-05 30 52 .366
2005-06 40 42 .488 Lost First Round Detroit 4, Milwaukee 1
2006-07 28 54 .341
2007-08 26 56 .317
2008-09 34 48 .415
2009-10 46 36 .561 Lost First Round Atlanta 4, Milwaukee 3
2010-11 35 47 .427
2011-12 31 35 .469
2012-13 38 44 .463 Lost First Round Miami 4, Milwaukee 0
2013-14 15 67 .183
2014-15 41 41 .500 Lost First Round Chicago 4, Milwaukee 2
2015-16 33 49 .402
2016-17 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Toronto 4, Milwaukee 2
2017-18 44 38 .537 Lost First Round Boston 4, Milwaukee 3
2018-19 60 22 .732 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Milwaukee 4, Detroit 0
Milwaukee 4, Boston 1
Toronto 4, Milwaukee 2
2019-20 56 17 .767 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Milwaukee 4, Orlando 1
Miami 4, Milwaukee 1
2020-21 46 26 .639 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Milwaukee 4, Miami 0
Milwaukee 4, Brooklyn 3
Milwaukee 4, Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 4, Phoenix 2
2021-22 51 31 .622 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Milwaukee 4, Chicago 1
Boston 4, Milwaukee 3
Totals 2181 2013 .520
Playoffs 121 135 .473 2 Championships

Arena History


Current Roster

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 7 Allen, Grayson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1995-10-08 Duke
F 34 Antetokounmpo, Giannis 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 1994-12-06 Greece
F 43 Antetokounmpo, Thanasis 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 219 lb (99 kg) 1992-07-18 Greece
G 5 Carter, Jevon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1995-09-14 West Virginia
G 24 Connaughton, Pat 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 209 lb (95 kg) 1993-01-06 Notre Dame
G 3 Hill, George 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 1986-05-04 IUPUI
G 21 Holiday, Jrue 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1990-06-12 UCLA
F 25 Ibaka, Serge 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989-09-18 Republic of the Congo
C 11 Lopez, Brook 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 282 lb (128 kg) 1988-04-01 Stanford
F/C 54 Mamukelashvili, Sandro (TW) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1999-05-23 Seton Hall
G 23 Matthews, Wesley 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1986-10-14 Marquette
F 22 Middleton, Khris 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1991-08-12 Texas A&M
F 13 Nwora, Jordan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1998-09-09 Louisville
F 9 Portis, Bobby 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1995-02-10 Arkansas
G 59 Tucker, Rayjon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1997-09-24 Little Rock
G 6 Vildoza, Luca 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995-08-11 Argentina
G 28 Wigginton, Lindell (TW) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1998-03-28 Iowa State
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Last transaction: April 7, 2022

Retained draft rights

The Bucks hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who isn't signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA team. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[28] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref
2004 2 39 Miralles, AlbertAlbert Miralles F/C Template:ESP FIATC Joventut (Spain) Acquired from the Toronto Raptors (via Miami and Boston) [29]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members

Only individuals inducted as players are listed here. The "Coaches and others" section includes a list of individuals inducted in other roles, one of whom (Wayne Embry) played for the Bucks.

Julius Erving was drafted by the Bucks in 1972, but never played a game with Milwaukee.

Retired numbers

Milwaukee Bucks retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
1 Oscar Robertson G 1970-1974
2 Junior Bridgeman F 1975-1984 and 1986-87
4 Sidney Moncrief G 1979-1990
8 Marques Johnson F 1977–1984
10 Bob Dandridge F 1969-1977 and 1981
14 Jon McGlocklin G 1968-1976
16 Bob Lanier C 1980-1984
32 Brian Winters G 1975-1983
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar C 1969-1975

First overall picks

Coaches and others

Hall of Fame members

Individuals are listed by the roles in which they are enshrined.


  • Don Nelson (1976–1987 as head coach; inducted in 2012)


  • Hubie Brown (1972–1974 as assistant coach; inducted in 2005)
  • Wayne Embry (1968–1969 as player, 1972–1979 as general manager; inducted in 1999)

Current coaching staff

  • Head coach: Mike Budenholzer
  • Assistant coaches: Vin Baker, Chad Forcier, Darvin Ham, Charles Lee, Josh Longstaff, Patrick St. Andrews, Ben Sullivan

Coaching history

General manager history

  • John E. Erickson
  • Ray Patterson
  • Wayne Embry
  • Mike Dunleavy
  • Bob Weinhauer
  • Ernie Grunfeld
  • Larry Harris
  • John Hammond
  • Jon Horst

High points

Individual awards


NBA Finals MVP

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

NBA Rookie of the Year

NBA Sixth Man of the Year

  • Ricky Pierce – 1987, 1990

NBA Most Improved Player

NBA Sportsmanship Award

NBA Coach of the Year

NBA Executive of the Year

  • John Hammond – 2010
  • Jon Horst – 2019

All-NBA First Team

All-NBA Second Team

All-NBA Third Team

Template:Column NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

NBA Rookie First Team

NBA Rookie Second Team


Since the 2005–06 season, all Bucks games not nationally broadcast have aired exclusively on regional cable television over Fox Sports Wisconsin; before that throughout the late 1970s until 1999 after broadcast deals with WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) and WISN-TV (Channel 12), WVTV (Channel 18) in Milwaukee aired mostly road games over a statewide network of stations in other markets, and from 1999–2005, WCGV-TV (Channel 24) shared games with Fox Sports Wisconsin. Since 1986, Jim Paschke has been the team's TV announcer, with former Buck Jon McGlocklin providing color commentary for the team since 1976. Since April 2012 when Milwaukee Brewers games conflict with those of the Bucks, Bucks games are moved over to Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus, a gametime-only overflow channel.

On the radio side the team has been carried by WTMJ (620) and throughout the state on the Bucks Radio Network (which is sponsored by Marshfield Clinic) for most of the team's history. Ted Davis announces, with former WTMJ-TV sports director Dennis Krause providing color and serving as solo announcer on nights where Davis has a broadcasting assignment elsewhere.[30]


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