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The Milwaukee Bucks were formed in January 1968 when the NBA awarded a franchise to Milwaukee Professional Sports and Services, Inc., a group headed by Wesley Pavalon and Marvin Fishman. In October, the Bucks played their first NBA regular season game against the Chicago Bulls before a Milwaukee Arena crowd of 8,467. As is typical with expansion teams, the Bucks’ first season, 1968-69, was a struggle. Their first victory came in their 6th game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134118; they would win only 26 more games in their first year. The Bucks’ record that year earned them a coin flip against their expansion brethren, the Phoenix Suns, to see who would get the first pick in the upcoming draft. It was a foregone conclusion that the first pick in the draft would be Lew Alcindor of UCLA. The Bucks won the coin flip, but had to win a bidding war with the upstart American Basketball Association to secure him.

While it was expected that Alcindor would make the Bucks respectable almost overnight, no one expected what happened in 1969-70. They finished with a 56-26 record–a nearly exact reversal of the previous record. This was good enough for the second-best record in the league, behind the New York Knicks. The 29-game improvement was by far the best in league history–a record which would stand for 10 years until the Boston Celtics jumped from 29 wins in 1978-79 to 61 in 1979-80. They defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in five games in the Eastern semifinals, only to be dispatched in five by the Knicks in the Eastern finals. Alcindor was a runaway selection for NBA Rookie of the Year.

The following season the Bucks got an unexpected gift when they acquired Oscar Robertson, known as “the Big O,” in a trade with the Cincinnati Royals. Subsequently, in only their third season the Bucks finished 66-16the second-most wins in NBA history at the time, and still the most in franchise history. During the regular season, the Bucks recorded a then-NBA record 20 game win streak. They then steamrolled through the playoffs with a dominating 12-2 record, winning the NBA Championship on April 30, 1971 by sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games. By winning the title in only their third season, the Bucks became the fastest expansion team in NBA history to win the title. Although the early years of the Bucks were very promising the later years would not turn out so hot. With the consistent losing seasons and floundering in the playoffs when the team did get in, Milwaukee Bucks tickets have never really been the talk of Wisconsin.