Milwaukee Bucks retired numbers

2   Junior Bridgeman

When Junior Bridgeman joined the Bucks, Milwaukee was coming off a 38-44 season in which they failed to make the playoffs. When he left nine seasons later, the Bucks were Eastern Conference Finalists with four straight divisional championships to their credit.

J.B, acquired from the Lakers with Brian Winters in the trade that sent Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Los Angeles, easily found his niche as the Bucks "Super Sub." He started only 105 of the 711 games he played in a Bucks uniform, but Bridgeman scored in double figures for eight straight seasons, consistently appearing atop the list of the league's highest scoring non-starters.

He was the league's top scoring sixth man in 1978-79, averaging 15.5 ppg, but he was just warming up. He averaged 17.6 ppg in the 1979-80 season, and 16.8 ppg the following year as the Bucks reached the 60-win plateau for the fourth time in their history. In nine seasons, he hit double figures eight times. His tenure with the Bucks appeared to be over when he was traded (with Marques Johnson and Harvey Catchings) to the L.A. Clippers for Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce and Craig Hodges on Sept. 29, 1984. In 1987, after two seasons with the Clippers, Bridgeman re-signed with the Bucks in January of 1987, assisting the Bucks on their way to a seventh consecutive 50-win season.

When all was said and done, Bridgeman had played more games than any player in Bucks history (711), a record he still holds. In addition, he is among the Bucks all-time leading scorers (6th, 9,892) and rebounders (10th, 2,642), and also among the Bucks all-time leaders in minutes (7th, 18,044), steals (7th, 607) and field goals made (5th, 4,142) and attempted (4th, 8,658).

His No. 2 was retired on January 17, 1988, during a 111-93 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Milw. Totals (75-84, 86-87; 10 seasons)

G Min. FGM-A .PCT FTM-A PCT REB AST PF PTS AVG
Career 711 18044 4142-8658 .478 1588-1891 .840 2642 1787 760 9892 13.9
Playoffs 49 1359 256-581 .441 106-143 .741 172 128 148 648 13.2