Every NBA team’s Mount Rushmore

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Milwaukee Bucks

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played the first six seasons of his career with the Bucks, bringing the franchise its only NBA title in just his second season. Over that six-year span, he played in six All-Star games, won Rookie of the Year and three MVP Awards, leading the league in scoring twice. By strength-of-schedule-adjusted point differential, the 1971 and 1972 Bucks’ teams led by Abdul-Jabbar are among the greatest in NBA history. He may be remembered primarily as a Laker, but Abdul-Jabbar was the first and one of the brightest stars in Bucks’ history.

Sidney Moncrief, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, played 10 seasons in Milwaukee, leading the team to the playoffs every single year. The five-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game during his time in Milwaukee. Over his 10 seasons with the team, the Bucks finished with a win percentage over .600 seven different times.

Marques Johnson helped bridge the era between Abdul-Jabbar and Moncrief, playing seven seasons with Milwaukee, from 1977 to 1984. He was a versatile forward who averaged 21.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals per game, making four different All-Star teams with the Bucks. His versatility also shows up across Milwaukee’s all-time franchise record books — he ranks sixth in scoring, third in rebounds, ninth in assists, eighth in blocks and sixth in steals.

Bob Dandridge was another versatile wing player and a key contributor on Milwaukee’s elite teams in the early 1970s. Dandridge played eight full seasons for the Bucks (and part of a ninth at the end of his career), averaging 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He made three All-Star games as a member of the Bucks and still stands as one of the most obvious Hall-of-Fame omissions.