Thon Maker - The Bucks added Brook Lopez to the team over the offseason, so the depth is much better than it has been in prior seasons, but Thon Maker is looking like he isn’t going to be healthy enough to get minutes early on. There have been some nagging injuries early on for Maker, and it looks like it might have played him completely out of the rotation. This is always a tough go for fringe players.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
The Bucks have not had a ton of stars in their franchise history, although guys like Ray Allen have come through the ranks in Milwaukee. Jabari Parker in the 2014-2015 season was a major injury where he had two ACL injuries, but one in Milwaukee. Parker had a ruptured ACL in this season, which has limited his career moving forward. The Bucks were hindered, but have made a few nice picks to really make up for Parker not being the same, and eventually moving on to Chicago. A lot of theories were that if Parker had not torn his ACL the first time, he would have been fine the second time. This is what makes it harder for Parker moving forward.
In the 2009-2010 season Andrew Bogut had one of the nastier injuries you will see until this day. Bogut dislocated his right elbow, and you have to remember Bogut was one of the up and coming international stars. He wasn’t the Warriors role player who would play 20-25 minutes a game. Bogut was getting ready to be a big time player. If you do not remember the injury, Bogut was hanging on the rim and then fell after being hit. His arm snapped while he was trying to recover from his fall. Going back a while, Kent Benson was coming into the late 70s, where he fractured his jaw in a tussle with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. This is mainly why he is in this list, because he was thrown out after this and it is a highlight anytime you see an NBA fight reel.
Michael Redd was one of the players on a bad team who carried the workload. Redd’s production was solid very solid, but his knee durability really limited him. Redd tore his ACL and MCL back in the 2008-2009 series. This basically ended his career, and this was after the Bucks went through a really good stretch of seasons. Redd just played two more seasons, but failed to make any real impact then he went into retirement. T.J. Ford had the looks of a strong player in the NBA, and things changed for him really quick after the big three era in Milwaukee. Ford came down after a shot and had a spinal cord contusion. He needed back surgery, and while it was a miracle he returned to the court, he was never the same.