Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are a team of North American professional basketball league NBA. Play their home games in the franchise in the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The Milwaukee Bucks were formed in January 1968 and participated in the 1968/69 season their game operating in the NBA. The Bucks were extremely successful within a few years. They chose ( Kareem Abdul- Jabbar later) from the 1969 NBA Draft in the first place Lew Alcindor. In addition, a year later came superstar Oscar Robertson joined the team. This duo made ​​the Bucks one of the most dominant teams of the early 70s. Already in its third season, they managed with 20 wins in a row so far longest winning streak in the NBA. In the same season, the Bucks won their first NBA championship. In the NBA Finals, they dismantled the Baltimore Bullets 4-0 victories. The Bucks are associated with this title after only three years until today the team that was the fastest win the NBA trophy after its foundation.

In the following years, the Bucks were a top team in the Eastern Conference. You could their Central Division win four times in a row ( 1971-1974 ). In the 1973/74 season the team again made ​​it to the NBA Finals, this time losing to the Boston Celtics with 2:4 victories. After the final defeat Abdul- Jabbar left the Bucks and moved to the Los Angeles Lakers. Robertson, however, ended his career.

In the 1980s, the fan base in Milwaukee had a concern about the future of the Bucks, as the Bucks played so far in the smallest room of the NBA and the city did not want to build bigger. Therefore, rumors spread that the Bucks could leave the city. 1985 Herb Kohl bought the Milwaukee Bucks and was built with other business people from Milwaukee, a new hall. In general, however, included the 1980s to the successful years of the team. Don Nelson, who took over the team in 1977, built on to players such as Sidney Moncrief, Marques Johnson, Paul Pressey, Ricky Pierce, Terry Cummings, and Jack Sikma, a quick-witted team that was among the best in the league and regularly reaching the playoffs. 1983, 1984 and 1986 reached the Eastern Conference finals, the Bucks, but without winning a series. 1987 Nelson left the Bucks and Del Harris took over. Milwaukee remained competitive until the early 1990s, however, then continued with the resignation of many stars, the gradual break -in.

After a long period of reconstruction followed. Due to bad season balances high draft positions were guaranteed. 1993 was chosen Vin Baker, Glenn Robinson followed in 1994 and 1996 were obtained Ray Allen. However, the sporting success would not be set, so that Baker was transferred in 1997 to the Seattle SuperSonics for Terrell Brandon and Tyrone Hill. Also in 1998 George Karl was obliged as the new coach. After even got Sam Cassell of the New Jersey Nets, also sporting success returned.

Towards the end of the 90s was followed by a very successful athletic time and the Bucks were able to establish a number of years in the play- offs and have long been considered one of the top clubs in the Eastern Conference. 2001 we again reached the Eastern Conference finals, but was eliminated just against the Philadelphia 76ers. The successful period ended around the mid-2000s after Robinson, Allen and Cassell successively left the team and the persons liable as a successor hopefuls could not convince hopes of athletic, or were thrown back by injuries over again. Especially center Andrew Bogut, who was pulled in the 2005 NBA Draft in the first place, could never be the hoped full power carrier. The biggest bright spot in these years was Michael Redd. This was the mid- 2000s to the best scorers in the league.

In the 2009 Draft, they secured the rights to the Bucks guard Brandon Jennings. To order him around a new team be set up and the Bucks established again as play-off contenders and could this 2009/10 also achieve. Especially coach Scott Skiles made ​​for a stabilization of the Bucks, the Play Offs missed although in 2010 and 2011, but was only slightly behind the other teams. In the spring of 2012, the Bucks secured by a trade the services of guard Monta Ellis to Jennings to put another scorer to the side. With Ellis and Jennings on the guard positions, the Bucks want to become a figurehead of the Conference again. Other important components of this should be the forwards Ersan İlyasova, Luc Mbah a Moute and center Samuel Dalembert.

During the 2012/13 season, the Bucks reached third in the Central Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference after three years the playoffs. There they met the champion of last year, the Miami Heat. Against Miami eliminated the Bucks with 0:4 victories. Shortly afterwards Head coach Jim Boylan was dismissed as head coach, and was succeeded by Larry Drew. Drew had previously cared for the Atlanta Hawks head coach.

In the summer of 2013 Jennings left the Bucks and changed, for Brandon Knight, to the Detroit Pistons. Also Ellis and Dalembert changed and signed with the Dallas Mavericks. As a replacement Caron Butler and Zaza Pachulia were among other OJ Mayo committed. In addition, the contract was extended with the hopeful Center Talent Larry Sanders.


At its inception in 1968, the Bucks moved to the U.S. Cellular Arena. The arena was built in 1950 to 1988 was the home of the Bucks Hall. In the early 80s, voices were raised that the Bucks need a new venue in the future would be to continue to be competitive. Through the efforts of Bucks owner Herb Kohl plans were made for a new arena and ultimately transposed into action.

1986, the foundation stone for the BMO Harris Bradley Center was laid, which was finally opened in 1988. Since the 1988/89 season, the Bradley Center is the home of the Bucks Hall and is also home to the training center of the club, as well as premises of the club's leadership. September 2013 was the NBA that the arena of Bucks was no longer appropriate and that in the near future should a new hall created to keep the franchise in Milwaukee.

Current squad

Honors and significant achievements