Famous Firsts in Bucks History

First Draft Choice

In the 1968 Draft, the Bucks selected Charlie Paulk of Northeastern University in the first round (seventh overall).

First Game

On October 16, 1968, the Bucks hosted the Chicago Bulls, dropping an 89-84 decision in front of a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467. Starting for the Bucks were Guy Rodgers, Jon McGlocklin, Fred Hetzel, Len Chappell and Wayne Embry. McGlocklin scored the first points in team history, draining a jump shot just 13 seconds into the contest. Rodgers led the Bucks with 16 points.

First Win

After dropping their first five games of the inaugural season, the Bucks claimed victory on October 31, 1968, a 134-118 decision over the Detroit Pistons at the Arena. Wayne Embry led the Bucks in scoring with 30 points and became the first player in Bucks history to score 30-plus in a single game.

First NBA Championship

No expansion team in pro sports history earned a championship quicker than the Bucks, who captured the 1971 NBA title in just their third season of existence. The 1970-71 Bucks posted a 66-16 regular-season mark under Coach Larry Costello. In the postseason, they beat San Francisco (4-1) and the Los Angeles Lakers (4-1) before sweeping Baltimore in four straight for the title.

First Bradley Center Game

In front of a sellout crowd of 18,649 on November 5, 1988, the Bucks dropped a 107-94 decision to the Atlanta Hawks. Terry Cummings led the Bucks with 19 points.

First Bradley Center Win

In their second home game in their new home, on November 9, 1988, the Bucks topped Philadelphia 114-103 behind 31 points from Terry Cummings.