Milwaukee Bucks

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Milwaukee Bucks is a franchise that operates from the city of Milwaukee, which is in the state of Wisconsin. Its home floor is the Fiserv Forum which opened in 2018 via public funding. It is a part of the Central Division that also features the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Chicago Bulls, the Indiana Pacers, and the Detroit Pistons. The franchise has been operational since 1968 and played its first NBA game in October of that year. Before the following season, because of a grueling 27-55 record, they earned the right to the first pick following a coin flip.?

On the stake was Lew Alcindor(now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), a transcendental talent who was deemed way too good for the NCAA. After winning the coin flip, the budding ABA?s New York Nets challenged them in a bidding war to bring Alcindor. But, the Bucks succeeded in bringing him into the fold. And just in his second year and the franchise?s third season, they claimed their first NBA Championship. Therefore, Milwaukee Bucks is the first expansion franchise that win a title within the first three years of its existence. Since then, it has won one more title. It happened in 2021, when Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton made one of the most brilliant runs in the history of the game. They beat the Suns in six games during the championship round.?

USA Today via Reuters

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Current Background

The Milwaukee Bucks? jersey colors are Cream City cream, Good Land green, Great Lakes blue, black, and white. The Franchise is owned by Wes Edens, Jimmy Haslam, Jamie Dinan, and Mike Fascitello. From 1984 to 2014, US Senator Herb Kohl was the longest-serving Bucks owner. It is because of his political maneuvering that the Bucks have been able to stay in Milwaukee.

As of the 2023 preseason, their General Manager is Jon Horst. Their President is Peter Feigin. Their current head coach is Adrian Griffin who got the job after Mike Budenholzer got fired after the first-round exit in the 2022-23 Playoff. Budenholzer was at the helm when the Bucks won the 2021 ring, and he also led them to the best record in the league. However, after a first-round disappointment against the Heat, Griffin has the reins for now.?

Now Griffin will have a chance to coach Damian Lillard. The team acquired him by giving up their core two-way threat Jrue Holiday who later went to the Boston Celtics, which is a Conference rival.?

Net Worth & Main Sponsorships

Per Statista, as of 2022, Milwaukee Bucks is valued at $2.3 billion. In 2021, its value was around $1.9 billion, so it has seen a 21% rise.?

Fiserv earned the rights to the newly opened Arena in 2017 and since then, it is known as Fiserv Forum. Since 2021, Motorola has been the team?s official jersey sponsor. BMO Bank has been a long-term partner and one of the founders of the Fiserv Forum. It signed a 30-year contract with the Franchise. Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin is the official healthcare partner of the Milwaukee Bucks. The Arena?s official smart building control partner is Johnson Control, which oversees the developments in the arena that shape technology services.?

Lineups/Roster

This is what the Milwaukee Bucks? roster looks like as of October 2023.

Projected Starting Lineup

PG: Damian Lillard

SG: Malik BeasleySF: Khris MiddletonPF: Giannis AntetokounmpoC: ? Brook Lopez

Projected Bench

Guards: Cameron Payne, Pat Connaughton, AJ Green, Ty Ty Washington Jr, Lindell Winnington, Andre Jackson Jr., Jazian Gortman

Forwards: MarJon Beauchamp, Jae Crowder, Thanasis Antetounmpo, Chris LivingstonCenters: Bobby Portis, Robin Lopez, Drew Timme, Marques Bolden.

Highest Paid Players

As per Sporttrac, these are the top-five paid Milwaukee Bucks players for the 2023-24 season:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: Cap Figure: $45,640,084

  • Damian Lillard: Cap Figure: $45,640,084

  • Khris Middleton: Cap Figure: $29,320,988

  • Brook Lopez: Cap Figure: $25,000,000

  • Bobby Portis: Cap Figure: $11,710,818

Achievements

NBA championships

2:1971, 2021

Conference Titles

2: 1971, 1974, 2021

Division Titles:

18

MVPs

5: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 3, Giannis Antetokounmpo: 2

Retired Numbers

1: Oscar Robertson2: Junior Bridgeman4: Sidney Moncrief8: Marques Johnson10: Bob Dandridge14: Jon McGlocklin16: Bob Lanier32: Brian Winters33: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Overview

First season1967-68?
OwnersWes Edens, Jimmy Haslam, Jamie Dinan, Mike Fascitello
PresidentPeter Feigin
General ManagerJon Horst
ConferenceEast
DivisionCentral
Last season record58-24
Home ArenaFiserv Forum
Championships2
Conference Titles3
Team Value$2.3 billion(2022)
Jersey sponsorMotorola
Highest Paid PlayersGiannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard
Luxury Tax Payroll$183,584,668
Official Websitewww.nba.com/bucks

Social Media

Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/bucks/?hl=en
X/Twitterhttps://x.com/Bucks?s=20
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/milwaukeebucks/

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