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The Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns entered the NBA in the 1968 expansion. That first season the Bucks went 27-55. They won a coin-flip against the Suns for first pick in the 1969 NBA draft and selected, to no ones surprise, Lew Alcindor, who changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971. The team shocked the basketball world and made NBA history by riding their Rookie of the Year to a 29-game improvement to 56-26 in the 1969-70 season. The next year they lost just two games in the playoffs and knocked off
From their entry into the league in 1968 to the end of the 1990-91 season 23 years later the Bucks made it to the NBA playoffs 19 times. In the 17 seasons since they have only been to the tournament six times, most recently getting eliminated in the First Round by the Detroit Pistons.
In 2000-01 the Milwaukee Bucs won 52 games in the regular season and made it to the Conference Finals, losing to the
After back-to-back losing seasons the Bucks decided not to renew GM Larry Harris’s contract in March, 2008. John Hammond, former VP of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons, was hired as his replacement. In April head coach Larry Krystkowiak was let go and former Bulls and Phoenix head coach Scott Skiles was hired. In June they dealt Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons to the nets in exchange for forward Richard Jefferson. The team drafted 8th in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft and selected