7 Basketball Players who Played for Bucks and Celtics

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I’ve done some research and have found players who played for both the Bucks and the Celtics.

Ray Allen

Ray Allen was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the fifth overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, he was immediately traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. In Milwaukee, Allen emerged as one of the league’s premier shooting guards, making multiple All-Star appearances.

In 2007, Allen was traded to the Boston Celtics, teaming up with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to form a “Big Three” that won the NBA Championship in 2008. Allen’s clutch shooting was a major factor in the Celtics’ success during this era.

In 2012, Allen joined the Miami Heat where he continued to play a vital role as a sharpshooter, including a memorable game-tying three-pointer in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, a series the Heat would ultimately win. This marked Allen’s second NBA Championship.

Allen Key Stats

  • Hall of Fame (Bucks, Celtics, Supersonics, Heat)
  • All-NBA (Bucks, Supersonics)
  • All-Star (Bucks, Supersonics, Celtics)
  • NBA Championship (Celtics, Heat)
  • 20+ Points/Game Season (Bucks, Supersonics)

Sam Cassell

Sam Cassell enjoyed a successful 15-season career in the NBA, known for his clutch shooting and leadership. Drafted 24th overall by the Houston Rockets in the 1993 NBA Draft, Cassell proved instrumental in the Rockets’ back-to-back NBA Championships in 1994 and 1995.

His tenure in the NBA saw him wearing jerseys for eight different teams, including standout stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Despite being traded multiple times, Cassell consistently produced on the court, averaging 15.7 points and 6.0 assists per game over his career. He was named an All-Star once, in 2003-04, while with the Timberwolves.

Cassell Key Stats

  • All-Star (Timberwolves)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Nets, Bucks, Clippers)

Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon has made a name for himself in the NBA as a high-IQ player with solid all-around skills. Drafted 36th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brogdon became a rare second-round pick to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award.

In Milwaukee, he became part of the “50-40-90 club” in the 2018-2019 season, shooting 50% from the field, 40% from the 3-point line, and 90% from the free throw line, a mark of elite shooting efficiency.

After Milwaukee, Brogdon has played with the Pacers and Celtics and continues to be an effective contributor, averaging almost 19 points and 3.6 assists during his time in Indiana.

Brogdon Key Stats

  • Rookie of the Year (Bucks)
  • 20+ Points/Game Season (Pacers)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Pacers)

Gary Payton

Gary Payton, often known as “The Glove” for his defensive prowess, is widely recognized as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Payton was selected second overall in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Seattle SuperSonics.

Payton spent the majority of his career with the SuperSonics, where he was a nine-time NBA All-Star and a nine-time All-NBA selection. He was known for his defensive skills, earning NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1996 and being selected to the NBA All-Defensive First Team nine times.

Payton was also great on the offensive end of the court, especially his scoring ability and his ability to create plays. He accumulated over 21,000 points and almost 9000 assists during his career. He won his only NBA Championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. Payton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

Payton Key Stats

  • Hall of Fame (Supersonics, Heat, Lakers, Celtics, Bucks)
  • All-NBA (Supersonics)
  • All-Star (Supersonics)
  • NBA Championship (Heat)
  • 20+ Points/Game Season (Supersonics)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Supersonics, Lakers, Celtics)

Jeff Teague

Jeff Teague, an NBA veteran with a career span of over a decade, was selected 19th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Known for his quickness and playmaking ability, Teague quickly rose to prominence as the Hawks’ starting point guard.

Perhaps his best season in Atlanta (and possibly career) was in 2014-2015 when he averaged 15.9 points, 7.0 assists per game, and was named an NBA All-Star.

Teague’s career, though characterized by frequent team changes, has been consistent in terms of his contributions on the court with career averages of 12.2 points and 5.6 assists per game.

Teague Key Stats

  • All-Star (Hawks)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Hawks, Pacers, Timberwolves)

Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder is an NBA player known for his toughness and versatility. He was drafted 34th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he spent the first part of his career.

Crowder has been something of an NBA journeyman, playing for several teams including the Celtics, Cavaliers, Jazz, Grizzlies, Heat, Suns and Bucks. Despite changing teams frequently, Crowder has consistently been valued for his ‘3-and-D skills’ (three-point shooting and defense), as well as his ability to play both forward positions.

He has played crucial roles in deep playoff runs for several teams, including the Miami Heat in 2020, where he helped the team reach the NBA Finals, and the Phoenix Suns in 2021, also reaching the NBA Finals.

Mike James

Mike James began his NBA career undrafted, but he managed to break into the league in 2001 with the Miami Heat. From there, he embarked on a journey that saw him play for numerous teams, including the Celtics, Pistons, Bucks, Rockets, Raptors, Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Wizards, and Bulls.

Perhaps the highlight of his NBA tenure came during the 2005-2006 season with the Toronto Raptors, where he averaged a career-high in points and showcased his ability to lead a team as a primary guard. His NBA journey was marked by his adaptability, allowing him to fit into various roles, from starting point guard to a bench contributor.

In addition to his NBA career, James had spells in international basketball, playing in France, Turkey, and Italy, which further underscored his dedication and adaptability to different styles of play and cultures.

James Key Stats

  • NBA Championship (Pistons)
  • 20+ Points/Game Season (Raptors)
  • 5+ Assists/Game Season (Raptors)

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