Bucks Highlights

Despite its status as a “small market team”, the Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the most renowned franchises in the NBA. Home to the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have a pair of NBA Championships and consistently field competitive teams. Antetokounmpo currently leads the Bucks’ team stats, as he aims to produce more titles for the team.

Milwaukee has generally been a good team to support when betting online. True, it has had some rough stretches, like the ones during the early 2010s or 1990s. But considering its price at the NBA odds, the Bucks tend to exceed expectations and can be a lucrative bet on the outright lines.

General Information

Conference & Division

  • Conference: Eastern
  • Founded: 1968
  • Division: Central

City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stadium: Fiserv Forum

Championships & Titles


  • 2 NBA Championships
  • 3 Conference Championships
  • 17 Division Titles

Milwaukee Bucks All-Time Records

Most points all-time:

John Havlicek, 26,395

Most rebounds all-time:

Bill Russell, 21,620

Most assists all-time:

Bob Cousy, 6,945

Most steals all-time:

Paul Pierce, 1,583

Most blocks all-time:

Robert Parish, 1,703

Most wins all-time (coach):

Red Auerbach, 795

Milwaukee Bucks Stats & Team History

The Bucks joined the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1968. The team did not have to wait long to be successful, as it won the right to draft budding superstar Lew Alcindor during the 1969 NBA Draft. The man, who would later be known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, changed the franchise overnight.

Alcindor won Rookie of the Year. Afterwards, in his sophomore year, he won the MVP and Finals MVP. Aided by Oscar Robertson, the Bucks became one of the fastest expansion teams to win a title in professional sports. Abdul-Jabbar went on to win two more MVPs, and the Bucks came one win short of another NBA title in 1974. He left and then it was time for a new era.

Don Nelson joined the team as the coach and Sidney Moncrief as the new star player. Together, Nelson and Moncrief led the Bucks back to contention. The team won 49 or more games for eight straight seasons. While Milwaukee made deep, playoff runs, it consistently lost to the powerhouse teams like Boston or Philadelphia.

Following Nelson’s and Moncrief’s departures, the Bucks became one of the worst franchises in the league. The team missed the playoffs from 1991 until 1998, when George Karl came on as coach. With star players like Ray Allen and Sam Cassell, Milwaukee became a formidable team again.

Allen led the Milwaukee Bucks’ stats as well as a trip to the Conference Finals in 2001. Milwaukee came within one game of returning to the NBA Finals. But this would be the team’s peak under Karl and Allen, as the team disbanded and once again became a moribund franchise.

The team’s struggles came with a silver lining, since it allowed it to draft Giannis Antetouknmpo. While initially raw, Antetokounmpo blossomed to become one of the best players in the NBA. Aptly named “The Greek Freak”, Antetokounmpo went on to win many accolades including back-to-back MVPs and the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Milwaukee brought in supporting stars like Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to aid Antetokounmpo. And with Mike Budenholzer’s coaching, the team ended a 50-year drought and won the NBA Championship in 2021. So long as Antetokounmpo is with the team, the Bucks should be considered NBA title contenders.

Milwaukee Bucks FAQs

Why Is the Milwaukee NBA Team Called the Bucks?

The name “Bucks” was chosen in a contest to name the team. A buck is a male deer and is often fast, agile, and a good jumper, suitable for an NBA team.

What Are the Milwaukee Bucks Known For?

The Bucks are known for most recently winning an NBA Championship in 2021. Prior to that, Milwaukee won a title in 1971. All-time greats Giannis Antetokounmpo and Lew Alcindor led these title-winning teams, respectively.

When Did the Milwaukee Bucks Change Their Name?

Milwaukee’s NBA team was supposed to be the “Robins”. However, the judges overruled the public and elected to go with a more traditional name in “Bucks.”
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