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In Review: The John Hammond Era

Former Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond took a position with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday.

Let's take a look at what Hammond accomplished as General Manager in his nine years with Milwaukee.


NBA Draft: Joe Alexander (#8) and Luc Mbah a Moute (#37)

Hammond's first pick as Bucks GM was Joe Alexander. Alexander played in 67 career games in two seasons, his rookie year with the Bucks and the following season with the Bulls (he was dealt in 2010). He was waived by the Golden State Warriors in 2013.

Hammond's second pick ended up being a good one: Luc Mbah a Moute, who has played nine seasons in the NBA and has started the majority of the games he's played since 2014.

On Draft Day, Hammond traded Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons for Richard Jefferson. 

A couple of months later, a three-team trade sent Desmond Mason and Mo Williams out and brought in Damon Jones, Adrian Griffin, and Luke Ridnour.


NBA Draft: Brandon Jennings (#10) and Jodie Meeks (#41)

Brandon Jennings started every game as a rookie, and played four seasons for the Bucks. He played for the Knicks and Wizards this past season, mostly in a reserve role.

Jodie Meeks was dealt midway through his rookie season, and played for Orlando (the team John Hammond is taking over) last year, starting ten games. Milwaukee got negligible returns.

Just prior to the NBA Draft, the Bucks sent out Richard Jefferson for Bruce Bowen, Kurt Thomas, and Amir Johnson (they acquired Fabricio Oberto and subsequently dealt him for Johnson).

In August, the Bucks acquired Carlos Delfino with the recently-acquired Amir Johnson.

The Bucks made one other move in addition to the Meeks trade noted above: they sent out Joe Alexander, Hakim Warrick (who they had signed as a free agent in July of 2009), and their 2010 first-round pick (Kevin Seraphin was picked in that slot) for John Salmons, the Bulls' 2010 first-rounder (Larry Sanders), a 2011 second round pick that became Isaiah Thomas, and a 2012 second-round pick that became Robert Sacre. Yes, the Bucks once held the pick that became current Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.


NBA Draft: Larry Sanders (#15), Darington Hobson (#37), and Jerome Jordan (#44) (Jordan was immediately sold to the New York Knicks)

Larry Sanders! Before abruptly retiring in 2015, Sanders was a defensive force for the Bucks for four and a half years. He took a year off before surfacing this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers for five games, but was waived on April 12.

Darington Hobson played just five games for the Bucks, and was waived in 2012.

Jerome Jordan never played for the Bucks. He played in a handful of games for New York and Brooklyn, last appearing in the NBA in 2015.

Two days before the NBA Draft, the Bucks shipped out Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric for Corey Maggette. They also sent off the 2012 second-round pick they received from the Bulls for Chris Douglas-Roberts.

In the offseason, Milwaukee added Drew Gooden, Keyon Dooling, Earl Boykins, and Brian Skinner as free agents. They also traded for Jon Brockman, giving up Darnell Jackson and the second-round pick that eventually became Isaiah Thomas in the deal.

Milwaukee made no mid-season trades this year.


NBA Draft: Jimmer Fredette (#10) and Jon Leuer (#40)

Jimmer Fredette was part of a draft-day three-team trade that sent Fredette, John Salmons, and Corey Maggette away while bringing in Tobias Harris, Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston, and Beno Udrih. Fredette lasted five seasons in the NBA, starting just seven games, and last appeared in a game in 2016 with New York.

Tobias Harris, the rookie that the Bucks acquired, lasted just a year and a half with Milwaukee before being sent to Orlando. He played in all 82 games with Detroit last year, averaging 16.1 points per game.

Jackson (26 games), Livingston (58 games), and Udrih (98 games) offered small contributions to the Bucks in their short stints with the team.

Jon Leuer started a career-high 34 games for Detroit last year, and has played in 328 career games in six seasons. He started 12 games for the Bucks in his rookie season.

Milwaukee made only one free-agent signing: Mike Dunleavy, mid-season in 2011-12. They also had a minor trade the day before, shipping out Keyon Dooling.

Milwaukee's biggest move in this season: trading Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson for Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown, and Ekpe Udoh of the Golden State Warriors.


NBA Draft: John Henson (#14) and Doron Lamb (#42)

The day before the draft, Milwaukee sent Jon Brockman, Jon Leuer, Shaun Livingston, and their first-rounder to Houston for their first-round pick, a second-round pick, and Samuel Dalembert. Houston selected Jeremy Lamb with the acquired pick. (Lamb was part of the deal to send James Harden from Oklahoma City to Houston).

John Henson has played all of his five seasons with the Bucks, starting a career-high 39 games for Milwaukee last year. He's regarded as a solid defensive player.

Doron Lamb played in just 23 games for the Bucks before being part of the J.J. Redick trade. He only lasted another season in Orlando before his career ended in 2014.

Milwaukee signed several free agents before the season, five in all, including Joel Przybilla, Marquis Daniels, and Alando Tucker.

Their only in-season move was a trade with Orlando: Tobias Harris, Doron Lamb, and Beno Udrih to the Magic for J.J. Redick and two others. The three players acquired played just 56 games for the Bucks, including 28 from Redick, the centerpiece of the trade. Redick and Ish Smith (one of the other players acquired) are still playing in the NBA.


Hired Larry Drew as head coach

NBA Draft: Giannis Antetokounmpo (#15) and Ricky Ledo (#43)

There's plenty to be said about what the pick of Giannis Antetokounmpo has done for the Milwaukee Bucks' future. It was a weird moment on draft day, because nobody could believe a team was taking a flyer on the unknown Greek prospect. The Bucks' future is solely in his hands.

Ricky Ledo never played a game for the Bucks. He played in just 28 games in the NBA.

July 2013 was a near-complete overhaul of the Bucks roster. They made four trades:

-J.J. Redick for two second-round picks

-Szymon Szewczyk for Luke Ridnour and a second-round pick

-Luc Mbah a Moute for two second-round picks

-Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight, Viacheslav Kravtsov, and Khris Middleton (!)

Milwaukee then signed six free agents: O.J. Mayo, Carlos Delfino, Zaza Pachuila, Gary Neal, Nate Wolters, and Miroslav Raduljica.

Before the season started, the Bucks flipped Kravtsov and Ish Smith for Caron Butler.

During the season, Milwaukee traded Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien.

Larry Drew would be fired at the end of the season, when the Bucks traded two second-round picks for Jason Kidd.


NBA Draft: Jabari Parker (#2), Damien Inglis (#31), and Johnny O'Bryant (#36)

The Bucks also drafted Lamar Patterson at #48, but traded him to the Hawks for a second-round pick. Patterson lasted just 40 games in the NBA.

Despite the injuries, Jabari Parker remains an important part of the Milwaukee Bucks' core. He was playing at a near-All Star level this past year before suffering a second ACL injury.

Damien Inglis played just 20 games in Milwaukee. He was waived by the Knicks prior to this season.

Johnny O'Bryant played 100 of his career 111 games for Milwaukee. He currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets.

Milwaukee signed Jerryd Bayless before the season, and traded Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica along with a second-round pick to Los Angeles (Clippers) for Jared Dudley. They then signed Kenyon Martin to a deal in mid-season.

The Bucks' big move this season was a three-team trade that shipped Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall out, and the Bucks picked up Michael Carter-Williams, Miles Plumlee, and Tyler Ennis in the deal.


NBA Draft: Rashad Vaughn (#17) and Norman Powell (#46)

Powell was traded on draft day to Toronto, along with a first-round pick, for Greivis Vasquez. Vasquez played 23 games for the Bucks. Powell played in 76 games for the Raptors, including 18 starts, and started five of nine games in this past year's playoffs (including the series with the Bucks).

Rashad Vaughn has appeared in 111 games for the Bucks in his first two seasons, averaging 3.2 points per game.

Two weeks prior to the draft, Milwaukee dealt Ersan Ilyasova for Caron Bulter and Shawne Williams.

Milwaukee made several moves in July. They signed Greg Monroe, Chris Copeland, and Marcus Landry. They also sent Jared Dudley and Zaza Pachulia packing for future second-round picks.

In-season, they only made one move: signing Marquette alum Steve Novak in February of 2016.


NBA Draft: Thon Maker (#10) and Malcolm Brogdon (#36)

Milwaukee also selected Patrick McCaw at #38, but sold him to Golden State. McCaw played in 71 games, starting 20 this season, and has started in three playoff games (ten games total) this postseason so far.

Thon Maker is now considered an essential part of the Bucks' future. He started 34 games this year, and all six of the Bucks' playoff games.

Malcolm Brogdon played in 75 total games this year, starting 28, and started all six of the Bucks' playoff contests. He's a finalist for Rookie of the Year.

Leading up to the regular season, Milwaukee signed Mirza Teletovic, and traded for Matthew Dellavedova (giving up Albert Miralles, who has never appeared in the NBA and is 35 years old). The Bucks also picked up Jason Terry, and traded Tyler Ennis for Michael Beasley.

Just before the season started, Milwaukee traded Michael Carter-Williams to the Bulls for Tony Snell.

Miles Plumlee was dealt to the Hornets for Spencer Hawes and Roy Hibbert. Hibbert was subsequently traded for a heavily-protected second-round pick.

Near the end of the season, the Bucks signed Gary Payton II to a deal for 2017-18, the last move made by John Hammond as Bucks GM.

All photos: Getty Images

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