Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ray Allen, Oscar Robertson, Sidney Moncrief, Giannis Antetokounmpo. These are the names that first come to mind for most when asked about the greatest Milwaukee Bucks players of all time — and rightfully so.
Ever since being established in 1968, the Bucks have had quite an intriguing history. Their most successful era came during the early years of the franchise, with an Abdul-Jabbar-led side memorably lifted the championship in 1971.
Between then and now, however, so much has happened. A myriad of players have come and gone, with some of them — regardless of their stature in the league — not even able to make their mark on the organization. Today we take a look at the five best and most forgotten players that once dawned the Bucks uniform.
The younger generations know Dell Curry as the father of former back-to-back MVP winner Stephen Curry. What not everyone knows is how great a shooter Dell himself was during his heyday. After all, Steph’s shooting gene had to come from someone, right?
Curry spent most of his career with the Charlotte Hornets, which is where Steph actually grew up. It is not common knowledge, however, that Dell actually played a lone season for the Bucks.
This came during the 1998-99 campaign, following Dell’s memorable decade-long tenure with the Hornets. At 34 years of age, Charlotte let him walk as a free agent, and Milwaukee was quick to sign him to a new deal.
It ended up being a short-lived union, though, with Curry signing with the Toronto Raptors after just one year with Milwaukee.
Towards the latter part of his career, J.J. Redick amazingly developed into one of the best shooters in the league. At one point in his career, he was averaging a career-best 3.2 triples per game for the Philadelphia 76ers at a highly-efficient 39.7-percent clip — at the age of 34. Like fine wine, it seemed like Redick only got better as he got older.
It’s easy to forget that Redick actually once played for Milwaukee. We can’t fault you if you either completely forgot or didn’t even know about it. After all, it was a quick stop for the sharp-shooting two-guard, playing in only 28 games for Milwaukee during the second half of the 2012-13 campaign.
The Orlando Magic traded Redick to the Bucks in a mid-season deal, but he was once again moved to the Los Angeles Clippers the following summer, cutting short a very brief stint in Milwaukee.
Toni Kukoc will forever go down is history as a crucial piece for the second three-peat of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the 1990’s. As such, it’s easy to overlook the fact that he actually spent the final four seasons of his career with the Bucks.
Kukoc was traded by the Bulls in 2000 to the Philadelphia 76ers, spending a year with the team. He then played for the Atlanta Hawks for a season and a half, before finally settling in Milwaukee.
After four full seasons with the Bucks, Kukoc retired in 2006 at the age of 37.
The highlight of Mo Williams’ career has got to be his lone All-Star season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, playing alongside LeBron James. Williams actually also rejoined the Cavs at the end of his career, taking part in Cleveland’s historic 2016 championship.
For those who may have forgotten, the 6-foot-1 guard actually had a very productive run with the Bucks early in his career.
After failing to impress with the Utah Jazz as a rookie, Williams was allowed by the team to enter free agency. The Bucks signed him to a deal, and it resulted in a respectable four-year stint with the organization.
Williams was a Buck between 2004 and 2008, during which he averaged 14.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.1 steals.
Finally, we have Jerry Stackhouse, who dawned the Milwaukee jersey during the 2009-10 campaign. At that point, the former third overall pick was already a shadow of his former All-Star self.
Stackhouse joined the Bucks as part of an elaborate four-team trade involving his former team, the Dallas Mavericks. He played 42 games for the Bucks, averaging just 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 20.4 minutes per contest. He was pretty much done at that point, but he still managed to play three more seasons — with three different teams — after his lone year in Milwaukee.
Stackhouse was an absolute beast in his heyday (he once averaged 29.8 points for a full season with the Detroit Pistons), and its a shame the Bucks got a depleted version of the former superstar. it’s not impossible to think that if Stackhouse joined Milwaukee in his prime, he could have been one of the franchise greats.