| Milwaukee Bucks HISTORY
Arena: Bradley Center
Division Championships: 16
Midwest Division 6 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980)
Centeral Division 10 (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2001, 2019, 2020, 2021)
Conference Championships 3 (1971, 1974, 2021)
NBA Titles: 2(1971, 2021)
Best Season: 1970-71 (66-16)
Worst Season: 1993-94 (20-62)
The Bucks seen unprecedented success as a new franchise. Though the did miss the playoffs their first year, they were awarded the top pick in the NBA draft and selected UCLA big man Lew Alcindor. Alcindor immediately changed their fortunes and the team won 56 games the next season and made the playoffs. In their third year they won a franchise record 66 games and the franchises only NBA title.
The title in their third year is the quickest for any expansion team in NBA history. The Warriors, Bullets,and Lakers all won titles in their first year in the NBA, but the Warriors won their first title the first year of the NBA, the Bullets joined from the ABL and won it in the 2nd year of the NBA, and the Lakers the defending NBL champion where also an established team. The Bucks were the only team to win it in such a short time period after being founded.
Winningest inthe 1980s:
The 1980s are defined by the Lakers and Celtics, but the Bucks were also one of the most successful franchises of the era. The Bucks won 56 games from 1980 until 1990, coming in third behind the Lakers, Celtics and Sixers. The Bucks, however, are the only one of the top 5, Phoenix is the other franchise, not to make the NBA finals and they and the Suns are the only top winning teams not to win an NBA title in the 1980s.
Bucks win first title in 50 years; a brief history of the Milwaukee Bucks |
The Milwaukee Bucks closed out the Phoenix Suns to win their first NBA title in 50 years. The title was a long time coming for a franchise who has quietly been one of the better franchises in the NBA, but one who has just not been able to get over the hump and win big games.
The Bucks history started out probably better than any expansion team in sports history. Just 3 years after being introduced to the league the Bucks were hoisting their first NBA title banner. Part of that was due to them hitting pay dirt following their first season.
Like all expansion teams, the Bucks struggled their first season in the NBA going just 27-55. The 27-55 mark is their 4th worst in franchise history. But it allowed them to have a coin flip with the Phoenix Suns for the top pick in the draft, which they won. They were able to take UCLA center Lew Alcindor first overall.
|Bucks 71-72 champinship team|
Milwaukee took the 1970-71 NBA championship by playing phenomenal basketball. It all started when the Bucks made an off season move to trade Flynn Robinson and Charlie Paulk to the Cincinnati Royals in return for guard Oscar "The Big O" Robertson.
Milwaukee Bucks NBA champions
Lucius Allen, Kareem and Bobby Dandridge in the early 70s
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posts up.
Kareem first wearing his iconic googles.
The 2001-2002 Bucks, featuring coach George Karl, Ray Allen, Earving Johnson, Anthony Mason, Glenn Robinson and Tim Thomas
Giannis Antetokounmpo has given the Bucks new life.