Before Carlos Delfino and Wesley Matthews, the Milwaukee Bucks employed a different sharpshooter. The player most known for the “FLINT” tattoo on his right arm, the Bucks signed shooting guard, Charlie Bell, before the beginning of the 2005 season. Bell was coming off three successful seasons overseas and caught the Bucks attention. With a lineup consisting of Jamaal Magloire, Bobby Simmons, Michael Redd, and T.J. Ford, Milwaukee believed they were poised for playoff success.
Charlie Bell played in Milwaukee from 2005 through 2010. He played in 350 total games and started 137 of them. Throughout his career in Milwaukee he averaged 9.0 points per game while shooting 41.5% from the field and 36.4% from three. He also averaged 2.3 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists.
Bell’s best season came in 2006-07 when he was the team’s better scoring options along with Michael Redd, Mo Williams, Ruben Patterson, and Earl Boykins. That season, Bell averaged 13.5 points per game and shot 43.7% from the field and 35.2% from three. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists while playing in all 82 games.
Charlie Bell’s time in Milwaukee ended on June 22nd, 2010 when the Bucks traded him as well as Dan Gadzuric to the Golden State Warriors for Corey Maggette and a 2nd round pick. Bell only played 19 games with the Warriors until he was waived and his NBA playing career ended.
Charlie Bell was always known as a lights out shooter throughout his career as a Buck. He finished his time in Milwaukee 7th on the team’s all-time 3-pointers made list. He is one of those players from the mid 2000s who would thrive in today’s NBA. Charlie Bell should be recognized by Bucks fans today as a very solid player who just played for underwhelming Bucks teams. If he played in today’s NBA and played for the Bucks, prime Charlie Bell would be considered a shooter comparable to Danny Green or J.J. Redick. Even in his time, he was one of those players who could get hot and change the entire complexity of a game.