Giannis Antetokounmpo recently surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the greatest scorer in Bucks history, shocking the NBA world that he did it at only age 27. There is no doubt that The Greek Freak is a superstar player, and has a chance to retire as one of the all-time greats. Right now, Giannis might be the best player in the world.
But with Giannis passing Kareem in Bucks history in total points, where does he rank in PPG average as a Bucks player? Continuing the series of greatest scorers in franchise history, it is time to rank the top-10 greatest scorers in Bucks history in PPG averages. It might be surprising to see some names appear, while superstars such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Giannis Antetokounmpo will feature among the top-5 best offensive talents.
10. Monta Ellis - 18.9 PPG
(2 Seasons, 2012-2013)
At age 26, Monta Ellis joined the Milwaukee Bucks with a chance to make an impact as the starting shooting guard. The guard put up 17.6 PPG in his first season, averaging 43.2% from the field and 26.7% from three. Clearly, Ellis was a high-usage guard that loved getting his shots up through 21 games.
The following season, Ellis averaged 19.2 PPG and 6.0 APG on 41.6% from the field, 28.7% 3-PT FG, and 77.3% from the free-throw line. In 82 games played, the shooting guard struggled to be efficient but still put up decent scoring numbers while playing in every game.
9. Sam Cassell - 19.0 PPG
(5 Seasons, 1999-2003)
Before he became an All-Star with the Minnesota Timberwolves at age 34, Sam Cassell had 5 solid seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks from age 29 to age 33. The point guard was known for his handles, passing, and scoring ability; and was generally consistent in providing all the above for his side.
After only playing 4 games in his first season in Milwaukee, Cassell would average over 18 PPG each season over the next 4 years. The point guard had his best season with the Bucks during the 2002 season when he dropped 19.7 PPG and 6.7 APG on 46.3% FG, 34.8% 3-PT FG, and 86.0% FT.
8. Terry Cummings - 19.4 PPG
(6 Seasons, 1985-1989, 1996)
After getting drafted No. 2 overall in 1982 by the San Diego Clippers, Terry Cummings would complete two seasons with them before moving onto Milwaukee. Upon his arrival, Cummings became an All-Star forward. His first season in Milwaukee went extremely well, as he posted averages of 23.6 PPG while adding 9.1 RPG.
An elite scorer, Cummings shot 49.5% from the field in his first All-Star year and went on to put up over 19 PPG the next 4 seasons. Not to be outdone by his first year, Cummings would make his second All-Star appearance with the Bucks in his last season with the franchise by dropping 22.9 PPG on 46.7% FG.
7. Ray Allen - 19.6 PPG
(7 Seasons, 1997-2003)
Before Ray Allen became a multiple-time All-Star with the Seattle SuperSonics and Boston Celtics, the shooting guard was extremely effective with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him No. 5 overall in the 1996 NBA Draft, although he would start his career with the Bucks.
It took Allen 4 seasons to become an All-star with the Bucks because he averaged over 17 PPG only twice in his first three years. But his 4th season was excellent as he put up 22.1 PPG on 45.5% FG and 42.3% 3-PT FG. He would make the All-Star Team the following two seasons, dropping over 20 PPG on over 43% 3-PT FG, before getting traded into his 7th season.
6. Michael Redd - 20.0 PPG
(11 Seasons, 2001-2011)
NBA fans should not forget about Michael Redd, a talented shooting guard with offensive skills that were impressive in his prime. Redd started having a very consistent career in Milwaukee as a scorer before injuries derailed him. It took 4 seasons before Redd scored 20 PPG, and he did it by putting up 21.7 PPG on 44.0% from the field and 35.0% from three.
Redd made his first All-Star Team and only All-NBA Team selection in his 4th season, along with averaging over 20 PPG for 5 straight seasons. The shooting guard was a long-range sniper and was also capable of creating his own jumpshots. Once injuries hit Redd badly during the 2009 season, he never truly recovered.
5. Marques Johnson - 21.0 PPG
(6 Seasons, 1978-1984)
One of the best players in Milwaukee Bucks history, Marques Johnson is unsurprisingly one of the top-5 scorers in their history. The talented shooting guard/ small forward was powerful for his size and extremely quick with his dribble moves. After getting drafted No. 3 overall in 1977, Johnson blossomed into a 4-time All-Star with the Bucks.
Johnson averaged 19.5 PPG in his rookie season, making the All-Rookie Team. He later made 3 straight All-Star Teams, averaging over 20 PPG each time including putting up 25.6 PPG in his second season. Johnson would average at least 20 PPG in his final two seasons with the Bucks before joining the Los Angeles Clippers at 28 years old.
4. Flynn Robinson - 21.1 PPG
(2 Seasons, 1969-1970)
A 6’1” guard that was taken No. 18 overall in the 1965 NBA Draft, Flynn Robinson had a rather inconsistent start to his career. Robinson is mainly known for being a role player for the Los Angeles Lakers team that won the 1972 championship, but he had a strong two seasons as a member of the Bucks.
Robinson joined the Bucks during the 1969 season, putting up 20.3 PPG through 65 games with the team. He shot 43.6% from the field and 84.1% from the free-throw line, solid numbers for a guard in the 60s. His final season came in the 1970 season, putting up 21.8 PPG on 47.7% from the field and 89.8% from the free-throw line while making his only All-Star Team.
3. Glenn Robinson - 21.1 PPG
(8 Seasons, 1995-2002)
Taken No. 1 overall in the 1994 NBA Draft, Glenn Robinson had a fantastic career for the Milwaukee Bucks. The forward averaged over 20 PPG 7 times in 8 years, making 2 All-Star Teams. Standing 6’7” and weighing 225 lbs, Robinson was a talented athlete for sure.
Robinson averaged 21.9 PPG on 45.1% FG in his rookie season, making the All-Rookie Team. He shot over 45% from the field in every season in Milwaukee, before making 2 straight All-Star Teams in 2000 and 2001. He put up 20.9 PPG on 47.2% FG and 36.3% 3-PT FG in 2000, and 22.0 PPG on 46.8% FG and 29.9% 3-PT FG.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo - 21.8 PPG
(9 Seasons, 2014-2022)
Giannis Antetokounmpo is on his way to becoming the greatest player in Milwaukee Bucks history if he hasn’t reached that stage already. The Greek Freak is one of the most unstoppable physical specimens in NBA history, and he has improved his game every year as a professional. With the Bucks, Giannis has been sensational so far.
A 2-time MVP and NBA champion, Giannis has achieved a lot in the league by the age of 27. His ability to affect the game on defense and in transition places him in one-of-a-kind territory, but his scoring might be his greatest attribute. An unstoppable scorer when he attacks the rim, Giannis has averaged at least 22 PPG for the last 6 seasons. He has put up over 26 PPG for 5 straight years and has a chance to win his first scoring title this year.
1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 30.4 PPG
(6 Seasons, 1970-1975)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest players in NBA history, especially considering the quality of accolades that the big man has. A 6-time champion and 6-time MVP, Kareem is arguably the most accomplished athlete in NBA history. But he was a valued member of the Milwaukee Bucks for the first 6 years of his career, making the All-Star Team each time.
A dominant post player with unstoppable shots around the rim, Kareem burst onto the scene as the Rookie of the Year by averaging 28.8 PPG. He followed it up with 2 seasons averaging 31.7 PPG and 34.8 PPG, winning scoring titles each year. He would put up 30.2 PPG in his 4th season, followed by 27.0 PPG and 30.0 PPG. The only player to challenge Giannis as the greatest Bucks player ever is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he currently has the edge in PPG averages.
Most Points In Milwaukee Bucks History
Here are the ten players with the most total points in Milwaukee Bucks history:
1. Giannis Antetokounmpo - 14,244
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - 14,211
3. Glenn Robinson - 12,010
4. Sidney Moncrief - 11,594
5. Michael Redd - 11,554
6. Bob Dandridge - 11,478
7. Marques Johnson - 10,980
8. Khris Middleton - 10,915
9. Junior Bridgeman - 9,892
10. Brian Winters - 9,743