When the Milwaukee Bucks drafted Arkansas All American G Sydney Moncrief in 1979….from there on they would win six straight division titles…. and have .500 seasons or better for the next 11 years of his career. . Within those years, the Bucks became perennial Eastern Conference contenders….primarily due to the strong play of Moncrief, Paul Pressey, Craig Hodges and the arrival of Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce and Jack Sikma from trades with the Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics respectively. However, the Bucks were unable to make it to the NBA Finals again, being eliminated by either the Celtics or the Sixers each time.
For much of the 1970’s the Bucks colors were forest green, deep red and white. In 1978, they added various shades of green to the uniforms, and in 1985, they eliminated red from the team colors.
Noteworthy for the 1980’s Bucks is that in 1983 they became the first, and until 2003, only team in NBA history to sweep the Boston Celtics in a best-of-seven playoff series….plus being the first team to meet and defeat Michael Jordan in a playoff series….during Jordan’s rookie year….and hosting Julius Erving’s final NBA game in the 1987 NBA Playoffs, which would see the Bucks advancing with a game five first-round playoff victory…..which is the same series being contested in the video highlights seen herewith.