Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson is one of the first names that pops up in my mind whenever the Milwaukee Bucks are mentioned. When the Milwaukee Bucks selected the Big Dog with the first pick in the 1994 draft, it was quite obvious they found themselves a bonafide superstar.
Right away, Glenn Robinson had an impact on the Milwaukee Bucks. His rookie season, he busted out of the gates to average, 21.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game all while shooting 45%. The Bucks struggled mightily in Robinson’s career, but he provided a ray of hope for the franchise.
However, there were a few questions regarding the Big Dog’s character after his rookie season. There are reports that he had a dispute with Milwaukee’s front office, because they would not meet his 13 year, $100 million deal. They did however come to an agreement on a 10 year, $68 million contract -this is still the highest rookie deal in NBA history-
Robinson was must watch television, regardless of the Milwaukee Bucks win/loss record. Flashy passes, absurd dunks, game winning shots are just some of the few highlights throughout the illustrious career of the his while in Milwaukee.
Glenn Robinson never met a shot he didn’t like, and he definitely was not afraid to shoot his shot. I admire him because he put it all on the line for every game.
Big Dog was a career 2-time All Star -both with Milwaukee- in the 1999-2000 season and the following year in 2000-2001. He arguably turned the desperate Milwaukee Bucks franchise into a playoff contender.
Then, along came a few guys you may have heard of before, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell. The Milwaukee Bucks had their “big three” and were led by George Karl -who at the time was considered a good coach.
In 2001, the Bucks “big three” finished with a stellar 52-30 record, which was good for tops in the Central Division. With Glenn Robinson’s ability to score from inside, Ray Allen’s prowess to shoot from anywhere, and Sam Cassell’s excellent playmaking skills led the Milwaukee Bucks all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
This was an amazing 7 game series, but it ultimately led to heartbreak. The Milwaukee Bucks were unable to beat Allen Iverson and the 76ers.
After their stint in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bucks still won games, but they were not the same team.
2002 marked the end of the Big Dog era in Milwaukee, as he was shipped to Atlanta in exchange for Toni Kukoc, Leon Smith and a 2003 first round pick.
In 8 season for the Bucks, Glenn Robinson averaged 21 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. His impact goes way beyond statistics, he provided some of the most entertaining basketball Milwaukee has seen.
Knuck if you Buck!