In Sports Commentary

Coach Larry Costello (center) led some of the Bucks' better all-time players.

In Sports Commentary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (right) has to be near the top of the list.

In Sports Commentary

Many of the Bucks' great performances came on Robert Indiana's MECCA floor.

Who are the 20 greatest Bucks players of all time?

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4. Marques Johnson: Had the burden of being a post-Kareem baby, but was an outstanding player. Had some personal issues but knew his way around a court.

5. Bob Dandridge: His game was speed and silk. Moved with extreme grace and played great two-man basketball with Abdul-Jabbar. Plus, had one of the best smiles you've ever seen.

6. Glenn Robinson: I know lots of fans think he was a dog. But put a basketball in his hands and there was magic more often than not. The problems came when he didn't have a ball in his hands.

7. Bob Lanier: Helped bring the Bucks back to a force after a down period. Without him, Don Nelson might never have been as successful a coach. A great leader and the best sense of humor ever on the team.

8. Quinn Buckner: A real solid citizen who was great at getting other players involved in the game. A Bobby Knight disciple who excelled at using his brain to play the game.

9. Michael Redd: Nobody shoots it like Redd. He's got range and touch and can take it inside as well, rare for a pure shooter.

10. Paul Pressey: Maybe the best defensive player the team has ever had. When the big time scorers came to the Arena, Pressey got the job of stopping them. Tough, tough.

11. Jon McGlocklin: Often overlooked as a player because of his immense civic presence. But he could shoot the ball with the best of them and is the only Buck who ever owned a carpet store (we think. -ed.).

12. Brian Winters: The reincarnation of McGlocklin. Great, great jump shot and very good under pressure.

13. Lucius Allen: Played with Abdul-Jabbar at UCLA, Allen had speed to burn. He was a great reserve on the championship team.

14. Ray Allen: One of the all-time worst trades in the world was the one that got rid of this guy. Not a great defender, but could run, pass and shoot. Those are three pretty good skills.

15. Junior Bridgeman: Had a very unusual shot with a weird spin, but managed to hit it. Could run with the best of them and played bigger than he was.

16. Terry Cummings: Was a real force for five seasons in the '80s. Combination of great scoring and very tough. Learned to play from Ray Meyer at DePaul.

17. Rickey Pierce: One of the sweetest jump shots ever, he was the classic sixth man. Only needed half a second to get warm and hot. Simply an amazing shooter.

18. Vin Baker: I know, I know. Big alcohol problems. But when he was sober and in shape, he could play the strong forward spot about as well as it can be played. Great player, but a sad case.

19. Sam Cassell: Teamed with Robinson and Ray Allen to form the Big Three. Sam was an odd duck, but he was a real go-to guy in crunch time. Rarely made a bad shot or bad pass under pressure.

20. Mickey Davis: Was a reserve forward on the title team. Never saw a floor he wouldn't dive on or a basketball he wouldn't chase. A nice guy who loved the game, the guys he played with and got a championship ring he deserves. This guy would fight at the drop of a hat.

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uwwcommuter | Jan. 26, 2008 at 12:37 p.m. (report)

Todd "I dont care what" Day "it is I can still shoot the 3" - was a freak, a stud, and a class act. If he is not included in a top 20 all time Bucks list and a guy like M. Redd - who cannot even spell Defense - is in the top 10..... I just do not understand

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DanEBoy | Jan. 25, 2008 at 2:23 p.m. (report)

Dave: Your list and mine are incredably similar, especially the top 10. I know your criteria to make this list may limit some, but my list would have to include Jack Sikma replacing Vin Baker and Flynn Robinson replacing Mickey D. even though each were only here for limited years. Great list. Great minds think the same. Hope to see you soon on the links. Dan Surges

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Breestjm13 | Jan. 25, 2008 at 11:14 a.m. (report)

I think you need to include guys like Sikma and some others to condsider so here's like and top list, the honorable mention Marques Johnson Craig Hodges Blue Edwards Toni Kukoc Dale Ellis Alvin Robertson Jay Humphries Eric Murdock Frank Brickowski

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sandstorm | Jan. 24, 2008 at 11:10 a.m. (report)

no Jack Sikma discredits the entire list.

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LegallyBlonde | Jan. 24, 2008 at 9:33 a.m. (report)

Begel...Big Dog over Allen? Maybe if you're talking strictly on total points scored, but that's it! Not even close skill-wise. Ray is Sick. Big Dog is like Antonio Freeman, lots of talent, never worked hard once after his 1st or second year, and their careers fall short of what they could have been. Love your new picture though. Also, where's Blue Edwards?

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