Video: Bucks retire Marques Johnson’s No. 8 jersey
The Milwaukee Bucks honored legendary forward Marques Johnson on Sunday by retiring his no.8 jersey.
During halftime of the Bucks’ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team held a ceremony for Johnson.
No. 8 ascending to the rafters in Milwaukee once and for all. pic.twitter.com/o70ZEYX1OZ
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) March 24, 2019
Marques Johnson spent 11 seasons in the NBA. The first seven of those were spent with the Milwaukee Bucks. In those seven years, he had most of his best performances in the NBA.
In his rookie season (1977-78), Johnson averaged 19.5 points and a career-best 10.6 rebounds per game. He followed that up by averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game. Just two seasons later, he posted a career-high with 4.6 assists per game.
Needless to say, Johnson could do it all. That’s a major part of why he made five All-Star games. Johnson also made the All-Rookie first team, as well as the All-NBA first team once and All-NBA second team twice.
His lone award came in 1985-86 when he won the Comeback Player of the Year. Team-wise, he won a National Championship at UCLA, but never won an NBA ring.
Johnson ended up playing for three teams between his 11-year career. After the Bucks, he spent three years with the Los Angeles Clippers and one with the Golden State Warriors. He finished his career averaging 20.1 points to go along with 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
He missed two seasons of his career with a neck injury before returning in 1989-90. He only played in 10 games, however. Johnson’s career ended there at the age of 33. It’s safe to say he could’ve built even more on his impressive resume if that never happened.
These ceremonies are always special. They give the fans a chance to reminisce on what a player did for a franchise. It’s great to see someone like Marques Johnson get the recognition he deserves.