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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

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Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki will always be the one that got away for Bucks fans.
Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki will always be the one that got away for Bucks fans. (Photo: Jonathan Powell & Jim Accordino)
Julius Erving could not be convinced to leave the ABA for Milwaukee.
Julius Erving could not be convinced to leave the ABA for Milwaukee. (Photo: Jonathan Powell & Jim Accordino)

The Milwaukee Bucks have history of draft success - for other teams

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held Wednesday night and the Milwaukee Bucks will find out if they are staying in the No. 12 position, or moving up or down in the draft. But, if history shows, whoever the Bucks end up taking may never set foot in Milwaukee. Here is an all-time team of Bucks draft picks that never donned the green and white.

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Stephon Marbury would run the show for this team. The No. 4 overall pick in the 1996 draft out of Georgia Tech, "Starbury" was part of a draft day trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Ray Allen and a 1998 1st round draft pick, who turned out to be Rasho Nesterovic. Still active overseas, Marbury was a two-time All Star, led league in assists in 2003-04 and was All-NBA third team in 1999-2000 & 2002-03. In his 12-year NBA career, Marbury averaged 19.3 points, 7.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

Julius Erving would be the shooting guard on this squad. Yes, Dr. J could have teamed up with Oscar Robertson and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar and drastically altered the club's history – perhaps Abdul-Jabbar would've wanted to stay after Robertson retired after the 1973-74 season. But, despite taking Erving No. 12 overall in the 1972 draft, the Bucks could not convince him to leave the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Erving stayed in that league until the 1976-77 season. Once in the NBA, he was an 11-time All-Star, the league MVP in 1980-81, a five-time All-NBA First Team selection and won a title in 1983 with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Hall of Famer averaged 24.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting over 50-percent from the field.

Dirk Nowitzki would be the "small forward" on this team. The No. 9 overall pick in the 1998 draft who was part of a draft day trade to Dallas for Robert "Tractor" Traylor, Nowitzki just completed his 14th season in NBA. The future Hall of Famer is an 11-time All-Star, was NBA MVP in 2006-07, was the NBA Finals MVP during the Mavericks championship season of 2010-11. He is also a 4-time All-NBA Fi…

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The quarterbacking in the AFL has been a pleasant suprise, including that of Mustangs QB Gino Guidugli.
The quarterbacking in the AFL has been a pleasant suprise, including that of Mustangs QB Gino Guidugli. (Photo: Tina Bazala Photography)

Quarterback play in AFL has been a pleasant surprise

When Kurt Warner burst onto the national scene in 1999 with the St. Louis Rams, his backstory as a grocery store stock boy and former Arena Football League quarterback was one of the reasons he became such a sensation in directing the "Greatest Show on Turf" to a Super Bowl title.

I was 19 then, and while I was aware of the AFL with the Chicago Rush in town – it wasn't exactly top of mind or something I wanted to find out more about.

As I get more familiar with the league through the Milwaukee Mustangs, I can see how this game played on a 50-yard field can translate to the NFL's 100-yard game – at least at the quarterback position.

Granted, there is no room for a Mad Mike Martz in the AFL – but by watching Mustangs QB Gino Guidugli and his counterparts, I can see how Warner developed that quick release and touch that captivated the country from 1999-2001.

I'll have more on this later in the week, but it's been one element to this game that I've been pleasantly surprised by.

Apprently, Chorizo has gone missing.
Apprently, Chorizo has gone missing. (Photo: @Brewers)

Where, oh where, is Chorizo?

The Milwaukee Brewers couldn't sweep the Chicago Cubs yesterday at Miller Park, but that wasn't the only thing on the minds of fans.

While it's a fun promotion, or whatever it may turn out to be, it just so happened to coincide with an ugly, real, turn of events down in Mexico where 49 missing people turned up without heads.

Hopefully, this guy isn't right.

Whatever the case, people are growing concerned.

Where is Chorizo?

Milwaukee Mustangs  wide receiver Andrew Thurman, top, has been a big acquisition for the Mustangs.
Milwaukee Mustangs wide receiver Andrew Thurman, top, has been a big acquisition for the Mustangs.

Thurman a reason to head to Bradley Center

Let me the get the obvious out of the way first - the whole point of the Arena Football League is to entertain, to be fast, hard-hitting and high-scoring.

So, you kind of notice when one particular guy stands out as a little more entertaining, a little quicker than most.

You don't see too many Calvin Johnson-like behemoths catching passes in the AFL, but rather tough as nails waterbugs that can get up from some very violent collisions but also maneuver around most of them.

That's new Mustangs receiver Andrae Thurman, who came to Milwaukee by way of a four-team trade in mid-April.

Thurman, who played for the Packers in 2004 and 2005, was the offensive player of the game in the Mustangs' win over Philadelphia last week and has quickly become a favorite of QB Gino Guidugli.

Now, if Thurman could still play in the NFL, I'm sure he would be. He's dropped some passes already here in the first half against the Cleveland Gladiators that perhaps offer some insight as to why he's not.

But, the skill set he does have is eye-catching. You can't help but stay focused on No. 4.

The opposition is, too. In the second quarter the entire Cleveland secondary paid attention to him as his route took him up the middle and then veered to a the let corner of the end zone - leaving Milwaukee native Jared Jenkins wide open in the other corner for a TD.

Heck - even I watched Thurman down the field on that pattern.

He's only been in Milwaukee a short time, but he's definitely worth your attention.