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Founded in 1968 as an NBA expansion team, the Milwaukee Bucks have a rich history marked with many highs and many lows. With notable players that have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Ray Allen, and Michael Redd, the team has taken 13 division titles—making them among the top 5 in the league—and won the NBA Championship in 1971. Today, with a team that boasts stars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, Bucks fans clamor to get their hands on tickets for home games at the Bradley Center to catch all the baseline-to-baseline action.
Like most new expansion teams, the Milwaukee Bucks struggled to find their footing in the first season, but soon found incredible success following the signing a little player named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Over the next 7 years, they would have their most success streak to date, taking 5 Midwest Division titles, 2 Western Conference Championships, and the 1971 NBA victory over then-Baltimore Bullets. The team was met by 3 seasons of decline following Abdul-Jabbar’s departure for the Los Angeles Lakers, but turned things around yet again with stars like Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Terry Cummings, and Ricky Pierce. Between 1979 and 1990, they won 6 consecutive division titles and battled it out in the Conference Finals 3 more times.
However, after the loss of some of their major players, the Bucks fell into decline over the next decade, missing 7 straight playoffs between 1992 and 1998. But after a decade of dwelling near the bottom of the NBA’s standings, the team brought on Head Coach George Karl, who was famous for leading then-Seattle SuperSonics during arguably their strongest season of all time. With players like Ray Allen, Tim Thomas, and Sam Cassell, the Bucks became an Eastern Conference contender yet again, taking first in the Central Division in 2001. But George Karl only stayed for 5 years and the following decade was a rollercoaster. Despite blossoming all-star Michael Redd, the Bucks were only able to make it as high as sixth place in the conference.
Today, the Bucks are looking to reclaim their former glory and have brought on stars such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Jason Terry. Together, they’re working to climb their way up the Eastern Conference and have had the range of hard-earned victories, exciting surprises, and upsetting disappointments. Fans can’t wait to see what happens next. Join all the action with Bucks tickets to see the team face off against rivals like the Chicago Bulls, the Indiana Pacers, and the Miami Heat.