Former Bucks pick their all-time teams

Former Bucks pick their all-time teams
Bridgeman, Humphries, others share their favorites
by Adam Rose / special to Bucks.com

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February 18, 2008

MILWAUKEE -- Bucks.com has been busy the past few weeks contacting some of your favorite Bucks alums to discuss the candidates for the Bucks 40th Anniversary team. We gave them the opportunity to select four players that they’d like to team up with in a pick-up game. We also gave them an opportunity to get a sixth man. All of the picks were based on what those players did in a Milwaukee uniform. Fans can cast their own ballots for the top-20 players through February 25th at the official voting page.

We’ll lead off with Jay Humphries since we had a few minutes to chat at length with him about his squad.


Jay Humphries (5 seasons: 13.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists)

Jay Humphries (Getty)
“If we were playing with five, I’d want Kareem at center, Terry Cummings, Oscar Robertson and Sidney Moncrief.”

We gave him the opportunity to also bring a sixth man to his group…

“For a sixth man I’d go with Paul Pressey. He’s versatile and could play the one, two or three. He’s three players in one.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Terry Cummings (6 seasons: 19.4 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.3 ast)
Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)

Sixth man: Paul Pressey (eight seasons: 11.9 pts, 4.3 reb, 6.3 ast)

Humphries went on to give a little insight into why he picked the players he did.

“You can’t go wrong with Kareem and Oscar. Terry is going to give you the tenacity and team toughness. As a player, Terry’s character was good. It was the same with the rest of the guys. You go down the line, with Sid and the rest of these guys, they’re going to get it done. And like I said, Pressey is going to give you the versatility.”

We mentioned that he picked a team with a few of his former teammates to go along with a couple of hall-of-famers in Abdul-Jabbar and Robertson.

“Of course I’m not going to forget any of my former teammates. I might need a second team too, so I can get players like Ricky Pierce and Dale Ellis. There are a lot of great players here, I could keep naming them.”

We’d like to note that the numbers Humphries put up with the Bucks were pretty good as well. In five seasons in Milwaukee, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds. He appeared in 323 games and shot 48.6 percent from the field while helping to guide the Bucks to four postseason appearances.


Junior Bridgeman (10 seasons: 13.9 pts, 3.7 reb, 2.5 ast)

Junior Bridgeman (Getty)
The man who has played more games in a Bucks uniform than anyone else was on hand recently to see his #2 jersey re-dedicated. Bridgeman, who is on the franchise leaderboard for games (711, 1st), points (9,892, 7th), field goals (4,142, 5th), steals (607, T-9th), free throw percentage (.840, 10th) and minutes (18,044, 7th), checked in with Bucks.com to pick his squad:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Bob Lanier (5 seasons: 13.5 pts, 5.9 reb, 2.7 ast)
Marques Johnson (7 seasons: 21.0 pts, 7.5 reb , 3.7 ast)
Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)

Sixth man: We generally had our panelists included in the starting lineup, but Bridgeman decided that he’d come off the bench for this crew, being the team player that he is and, he’s obviously had considerable success in that role. He’s also had success off the floor as the owner and president of Manna, Inc. and ERJ Inc. which currently oversees the administration and operation of 163 Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburger Restaurants in five states and 105 Chili’s Restaurants in seven states.


Marty Conlon (2 seasons: 7.8 pts, 3.9 reb, 1.1 ast)

Marty Conlon (Getty)
A fan-favorite in his two seasons with the Bucks, Marty Conlon is currently the Manger of Basketball Operations International for the NBA and we caught up with him to get his take on the players he’d want to lace ‘em up with in a pickup game.

Here are his selections:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Marques Johnson (7 seasons: 21.0 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.7 ast)
Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)

Sixth man: Ricky Pierce (8 seasons: 16.5 pts, 2.7 reb, 2.0 ast)


Larry Kyrstkowiak (5 seasons: 9.8 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.3 ast)

Larry Krystkowiak (Getty)
Bucks head coach Larry K made his selections and decided that he was going to go big with his line-up:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Jack Sikma (5 seasons: 13.4 pts, 7.9 reb, 2.9 ast)
Marques Johnson (7 seasons: 21.0 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.7 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)

Sixth man: Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)

With coach K in that starting group, Bucks.com has visions of 6-10 former Buck running the break with Kareem and Sikma on the wings and Marques slashing through the lane. He averaged 1.3 assists during his time in Milwaukee, but being able to pass to that group should raise his average considerably. We’re also guessing this group could get after it on the boards, considering this squad’s shortest player (Moncrief, 6’4”) averaged 5.0 rebounds with the Bucks.


Jon McGlocklin (eight seasons: 12.6 points, 2.4 reb, 3.2 ast)

Jon McGlocklin (Getty)
Jonny Mac has been with the Bucks since day one, so he has a good perspective on who he’d like to join him on the court.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Terry Cummings (6 seasons: 19.4 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.3 ast)
Bob Dandridge (9 seasons: 18.6 pts, 7.3 reb, 3.2 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)

Sixth man: Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)

This group has a good blend of players McGlocklin is familiar with – along with two stars from the 80s. We’re sure they’d come together pretty quickly. Surprisingly, Dandridge only appeared on McGlocklin’s ballot – The Greyhound averaged 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists with the Bucks.


Paul Pressey (8 seasons: 11.9 pts, 4.3 reb, 6.6 ast)

Paul Pressey (Getty)
Paul Pressey, now an assistant coach with the New Orleans Hornets, played in 580 games with the Bucks – sixth on the franchise charts. He’s the most giving of all Milwaukee players with 3,272 dimes in a Bucks uniform. Pressey is also among the leaders in points (6,906, 13th), free throws (1,716, 9th), minutes (16,949, 10th), steals (894, 2nd) and blocks (372, 8th). His squad includes:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Terry Cummings (6 seasons: 19.4 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.3 ast)
Marques Johnson (7 seasons: 21.0 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.7 ast)
Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)

Sixth man: Alvin Robertson (4 seasons: 12.7 pts, 5.3 reb, 5.0 ast)

Pressey is the only person not to select Oscar Robertson (he may have missed Oscar because his selections were pre-game), but he did include another Robertson in Alvin. Alvin Robertson made the All-Defensive First Team in 1990-91, Pressey made the All-Defensive Team in 1985-86 and 1984-85, Moncrief is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Defensive Team five consecutive seasons and Kareem was an All-Defensive Team member four times. So in addition to this group’s offense, they probably wouldn’t give up many points either.


Shawn Respert (2 seasons: 4.3 pts, 1.1 reb, 1.0 ast)

Shawn Respert (Getty)
Former Bucks guard Shawn Respert, now the Director of Basketball Operations at the D-League, chatted with Bucks.com and about what he’s been up to. Here’s his group (note that Respert, a Detroit native, took Bob Lanier – who spent several seasons with the Pistons):

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)
Ray Allen (7 seasons: 19.6 pts, 4.6 reb, 3.8 ast)
Ricky Pierce (8 seasons: 16.5 pts, 2.7 reb, 2.0 ast)

Sixth man: Bob Lanier (5seasons: 13.5 pts, 5.9 reb, 2.7 ast)

Respert pointed out that he ended up leaving out several players that he really wanted on the list. Among those players he named were Vin Baker and Glenn Robinson. Respert played with both Baker and Robinson, along with Ray Allen, who did make the cut. If he had one more roster spot, he probably would’ve gone with Sidney Moncrief.


Scott Williams (3 seasons: 6.7 pts, 5.9 reb, 0.5 ast)

Scott Williams (Getty)
Scott Williams was part of the Bucks team that went to the Eastern Conference Finals and he went with two of his teammates from that club.

The FSN Wisconsin sideline reporter selected the following group:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast)
Glenn Robinson (8 seasons: 21.1 pts, 6.2 reb, 2.8 ast)
Ray Allen (7 seasons: 19.6 pts, 4.6 reb, 3.8 ast)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast)

Sixth man: Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast)


Recap:

Those are the lists are panelists came up with. Based on votes, the top four are:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (6 seasons: 30.4 pts, 15.3 reb, 4.3 ast) (8)
Sidney Moncrief (10 seasons: 16.7 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.9 ast) (7)
Oscar Robertson (4 seasons:16.3 pts, 4.9 reb, 7.5 ast) (7)
Marques Johnson (7 seasons: 21.0 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.7 ast) (4)

The sixth man would be Terry Cummings (6 seasons: 19.4 pts, 7.8 reb, 2.3 ast) (3).

There were a possible eight votes with Kareem being the only unanimous selection; although Moncrief and Robertson weren’t far behind. Ray Allen, Bob Lanier and Ricky Pierce were tide with two votes each while Bob Dandridge, Paul Pressey, Alvin Robertson, Glenn Robinson and Jack Sikma each received one vote.