Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the all-time leading scorer in Bucks history; where does he rank in other categories?

JR Radcliffe
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are transcendent talents from two great eras of Bucks basketball

Giannis Antetokounmpo has secured his place as one of the greatest players in NBA history. And now he has a mark that establishes him as the greatest ever in Milwaukee Bucks lore.

With 44 points on March 31 against Brooklyn, Giannis surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most points in Bucks history. Abdul-Jabbar played only six seasons in Milwaukee but left an indelible mark, with three MVP awards and a championship. 

Of course, Abdul-Jabbar asked for a trade out of Milwaukee to pursue what he felt was best for him personally (a wound that lingers in Milwaukee sports fandom). Giannis chose to stay, signing the supermax extension and promptly winning the franchise's first title since Abdul-Jabbar's reign. Antetokounmpo now has two MVPs and seems destined to perpetually contend for more. 

Here's where Giannis stands on the Bucks' all-time leaderboard (through the 2021-22 regular season):


Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 14,321

Antetokounmpo set the mark in spectacular fashion, delivering back-to-back 40-point performances in clutch road wins. His 44-point performance against Brooklyn sealed it March 31, with a 3-pointer that tied the game in the final seconds (allowing the Bucks to win in overtime). Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn't have the 3-pointer at his disposal, but it's not as if Giannis typically scores beyond the arc. Giannis finished the season averaging 29.9 points per game, a new career high.

2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 14,211 points

The greatest scorer in Bucks history for nearly 50 years also happens to be the top scorer in NBA history (38,387 points). Antetokounmpo already has more years in the NBA than the six seasons Abdul-Jabbar spent in Milwaukee, but Abdul-Jabbar arrived as a fully realized talent at 22 years old, ready to take over the league immediately. He never averaged fewer than 27 points with the Bucks and cleared 30 points per game in four seasons. For now, he also has one other edge on Antetokounmpo — three MVP awards during his Bucks tenure from 1969-1975. He won those awards in 1971, 1972 and 1974, though Antetokounmpo now has the thing that he truly wants (and Abdul-Jabbar already had) ... a championship. 

3. Glenn Robinson, 12,010

4. Sidney Moncrief, 11,594

5. Michael Redd, 11,554

6. Bob Dandridge, 11,478

7. Khris Middleton, 10,971

Middleton is rubbing shoulders with the franchise's all-time greats, crossing into the 10,000-point club during the 2021-22 season. Against Philadelphia on March 29, he passed Hall of Fame finalist Marques Johnson and moved into seventh all time on the Bucks scoring ledger. He may go down as the Pippen to Giannis' Jordan, an all-time great who now has three straight years of scoring 20 points per game or better.

8. Marques Johnson, 10,980

9. Junior Bridgeman, 9,892

10. Brian Winters, 9,743


Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar battle for position in a game in 1975.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 7,161

As with points, there's nobody who can compete with Abdul-Jabbar in the rebound department. He never averaged fewer than 14 per game in Milwaukee, and Antetokounmpo has averaged in excess of double digits for only the past three seasons.

2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 6,149

Antetokounmpo has been in second for a while now, though he obviously still has some work to do. His rebounds dropped from 13.6 in 2019-20 to 11.0 last year (and back up to 11.6 this season). If he duplicates his rebound count this year to next, he'll have 6,927 for his career, putting him in position to break the rebound mark by the 2023-24 season.

3. Bob Dandridge, 4,497

4. Marques Johnson, 3,923

5. Andrew Bogut, 3,810

6. Terry Cummings, 3,758

7. Glenn Robinson, 3,519

8. Sidney Moncrief, 3,447

9. Ersan Ilyasova, 3,343

10. Khris Middleton, 3,116

He snuck past Jack Sikma by the end of the 2021-22 season to land a spot on the top 10.


Paul Pressey, at 6-foot-5, was considered the first point forward in the NBA.

1. Paul Pressey, 3,272

When you ponder the "original point forward," you may picture Marques Johnson or Paul Pressey. But either way, the Bucks had a hand in cultivating that concept, and the lineage continued with what Antetokounmpo has demonstrated at times during his career. Pressey played in Milwaukee from 1982-90, averaging 5.6 assists per game and had five straight seasons when he averaged 6.6 or more. The 1982 draft turned out to be a big one for Bucks royalty, with Pressey taken 20th and future Bucks Terry Cummings and Ricky Pierce taken No. 2 and No. 18, respectively. 

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2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 3,020

Antetokounmpo posted 388 assists in 2021-22, which would be more than enough to capture the No. 1 spot on this leaderboard by the end of next season. Consider it the next record to fall into Giannis' hands.

3. Sidney Moncrief, 2,689

4. Brian Winters, 2,479

5. Khris Middleton, 2,461

Middleton passed Quinn Buckner on March 19, 2022, and finished the year in the top five in this department with only a matter of time before he bypasses Brian Winters for fourth. Middleton handed out 358 assists in 2021-22, which would put him all the way up to third if he replicated that total next year.

6. Quinn Buckner, 2,391

7. Sam Cassell, 2,269

8. Oscar Robertson, 2,156

9 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 2,008

10. Bob Dandridge, 1,956


Quinn Buckner, driving against Kansas City in 1979, is the all-time Bucks steals leader.

1. Quinn Buckner, 1,042

First a disclaimer: steals didn't start getting counted until 1973-74, so this list is potentially a little slanted. If you took Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's steal totals from his final two years in Milwaukee and extrapolate them over six, he wouldn't be in the top 10, but Bob Dandridge would have 699 under the same formula and be safely in the top 10. Buckner, the man who is officially at the top, played six seasons in Milwaukee from 1976-82 (before Paul Pressey enters the equation). The No. 7 pick in the 1976 draft was named to the All-Defensive Team four times, authoring 2.3 swipes per year during his Bucks career. Perhaps a shade underrated in Bucks history, the point guard also had 5.2 assists per year, but the Bucks traded him for Boston's Dave Cowens in 1982. Buckner's days of starting dried up, though he did win the 1984 NBA title after his Celtics were swept by the Bucks in the 1983 playoffs. 

2. Paul Pressey, 894

3. Sidney Moncrief, 874

4. Khris Middleton, 779

5. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 764

This is the area that will be hardest for Antetokounmpo to conquer for a couple of reasons. One is that he still has a long way to go, 273 shy of Buckner's mark after this year. Antetokounmpo posted 72 each of the past two seasons, and at that pace he'd need nearly four seasons to catch Buckner. The other issue is Middleton, who's collecting thefts at a pace just shy of Antetokounmpo and who's ahead by a narrow margin. It stands to reason that Antetokounmpo will be in Milwaukee longer than Middleton, but they'll be side-by-side for the foreseeable future. 

6. Alvin Robertson, 753

7. Brian Winters, 718

8. Marques Johnson, 697

9. Glenn Robinson, 689

10. Ray Allen, 618


Milwaukee's Alton Lister was atop the Bucks' blocked shots list until Giannis Antetokounmpo jumped ahead of him, although blocks weren't an official stat for most of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's time with the team.

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 856

With his two blocks against Houston on Dec. 10, 2021, he passed Alton Lister for the top spot, though it bears mentioning that this stat didn't begin tabulation until 1973-74. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still seventh on the list even though he had only two Bucks seasons counted. If we transferred the number of blocks Abdul-Jabbar racked up in his first six seasons when the stat was actually counted (1973-79) to his career with the Bucks, his total of 1,595 would be the runaway leader in franchise lore.

2. Alton Lister, 804

3. Harvey Catchings, 709

4. Andrew Bogut, 642

5. John Henson, 600

6. Ervin Johnson, 586

7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 495

8. Randy Breuer, 474

9. Brook Lopez, 460

Lopez has traditionally been a triple-digit blocker in most seasons, so it stood to reason he'd pass Abdul-Jabbar this season at least. But back surgery kept him on the shelf for five months. On March 14, he finally returned to the floor, and he'll still be in position to move into the top seven next season.

10. Marques Johnson, 439

Other milestones featuring Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks over Cleveland's Kevin Love last season.

Triple-doubles: 29 (first in franchise history). Abdul-Jabbar is second at eight, but remember blocks and steals weren't counted in four of his six seasons in Milwaukee, so Antetokounmpo might have had some actual competition under different circumstances.

Defensive rebounds: 5,030 (first in franchise history). It's not close, though Khris Middleton (2.719) has now moved into second place, with Andrew Bogut third at 2,662. Rebounds weren't recorded as differentiated between offensive and defensive until 1973-74.

Free throws made: 3,498 (second in franchise history). Sidney Moncrief's 3,505 are the gold standard, but Antetokounmpo will catch him perhaps as soon as next year's season opener. It probably comes as no surprise that Antetokounmpo is now first in free throw attempts, with 4,873 to blow past Moncrief's 4,214 for the top spot.

Games: 656 (third). He's moved up quite a bit after he sat in 10th as recently as two seasons ago, but he's still behind Junior Bridgeman (711) and Sidney Moncrief (695). You'll be tickled to know that Ersan Ilyasova is sixth on the list at 583.

Others: He's third in minutes played (21,354), fifth in offensive rebounds (1,119) and in a stat that's sure to make some people smile, seventh in 3-pointers made (447). 

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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