Throwback Thursday: Milwaukee And Phoenix Receive Franchises

VIDEO: Bucks win the NBA championship in 1971

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Today’s TBT topic: Milwaukee and Phoenix are granted expansion teams in 1968

By Jonathan Hartzell,

Prior to the 1968 All-Star Game in New York on January 22, 1968, the NBA Board of Governors awarded franchises to Milwaukee and Phoenix to join the league in the 1968-69 season. These franchises, later nicknamed the Bucks and Suns, pushed the number of teams in the NBA to 14.  Since then, each franchise has enjoyed periods of great success during their 45-plus seasons in the NBA. The Bucks, in fact, became the fastest expansion team to win a championship in any major professional sport when they were crowned after the 1970-71 season. The Suns have made two NBA Finals (1976 & ’93) and, in their 46 seasons, have had 50 or more wins 19 times (the Bucks, by comparison, have had 13 50-plus win seasons and also have made two Finals).

The photo gallery below details the five best players in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. (NOTE: Click the “caption” icon in the gallery for details about each player.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Bucks & Suns Receive Franchises

Who would you put as the top-fives for Milwaukee and Phoenix? Leave your comments below!


  1. sebasuns34 says:

    nice soundtrack

  2. dustydreamnz says:

    Love the 90s Suns jerseys.