Milwaukee Bucks play basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the Eastern Conference Central Division. The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Although like most expansion teams (which for the uninitiated is a totally new team in a city which has never hosted a team in that particular sport hitherto) the Bucks struggled at first they have to their considerable credit one championship (1971), two conference titles (1971 and 1974), and 13 division titles (1971–74, 1976, 1980–86, 2001).
The choice of the team's nickname was selected from more than 14,000 contest entries, and the winner was a Mr R.D. Treblicox of Whitefish Bay, Wis. His choice of Bucks for the club that entered the NBA in 1968 won him a new car. Contest judges chose a name that reflected the fish and game area "because it is indigenous to Wisconsin," was the comment of the then General Manager John Erickson. "The predominance of bucks led us to the name."
Their one and only championship win was quite remarkable both for the speed with which it happened and for its emphatic nature. In only their third year since inception, the Bucks managed to do what no equivalent team in the history of major North American sports has managed to do - earn a championship as quickly than the Bucks did when capturing the 1971 NBA title. In their regular season of 1970–71 the Bucks ran out at 66–16.In the postseason, they beat San Francisco (4–1) and the Los Angeles Lakers (4–1) before knocking Baltimore clean out with four straight wins for the title.
The Bucks have had some great players on court in their 48 year history and let’s briefly review some of them. Pride of place goes to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest centers of all time. It was Kareem who led the Bucks to their 1971 championship and " with lethal footwork, a soft touch and his trademark sky hook, he was a nightmare for defenders and nearly impossible to stop. He formed a lethal duo with Oscar Robertson who had the ability to score, rebound and get teammates involved through stellar passing which was relatively unprecedented at the time for someone 6'5".
Bob Dandridge was a key member of the Championship winning side - averaging 18.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists while converting 50.9 percent of his field-goal attempts. His ability to take pressure off the two superstars was priceless and a large reason why the Bucks were able to roll to the championship.
Sidney Moncrief, tied for the second-longest tenure in a Bucks uniform, and from 1982-86, he was one of the best players in the league. Sidney was the driving force behind the team's 272-138 record and three Eastern Conference Finals appearances. Along with being a solid offensive weapon, Moncrief was a tenacious defender and was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984.
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