Bucks to honor Brian Winters March 18Posted by Inside Hoops
On Tuesday, March 18, during halftime of the Bucks/Heat game at the Bradley Center, the Milwaukee Bucks will continue their season-long, 40th anniversary celebration of the greatest players to ever put on a Bucks uniform when they honor Brian Winters and re-dedicate his #32 retired jersey banner. The ceremony will be the fifth of the season so far: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Nov 21; Sidney Moncrief – Jan 19; Junior Bridgeman – Feb 9; Bob Lanier – February 20.
Winters joined the Bucks in 1975 from the Lakers along with Junior Bridgeman, David Meyers and Elmore Smith in exchange for Karee Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley. The South Carolina alum went on to play eight seasons in Milwaukee and averaged 16.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists throughout his 582 games wearing his #32 Bucks jersey.
An All-Rookie selection with the Lakers, Winters was an All-Star in his first season in Milwaukee when he averaged 18.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He was also an All-Star in 1978 with averages of 19.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists. His 19.9 points and 4.9 assists that year were both career-highs. Winters had his share of individual success, but the Bucks also advanced to the postseason in six of his eight seasons with the squad.
Winters still ranks among the franchise leaders in points (9,743, eighth), field goals (4,131, sixth), games (582, fifth), assists (2,479, third), minutes (18,422, fifth), steals (718, fifth), free throw percentage (.843, ninth) and three-point field goal percentage (.363, tenth). One of the league’s best shooters during his playing days, Winters’ numbers probably would’ve been boosted had he had the three-point line his entire career. It came into existence after he had been in the league for five seasons.
Winters’ #32 was originally retired on October 28, 1983.