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The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time 

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A list of the best Atlanta Hawks of all time. The Atlanta Hawks began as the Buffalo Bison in 1946. After bouncing around and changing names a few times, before landing in St. Louis in 1955. Those years in St. Louis featured a number of the greatest players in Hawks history. Hall of Famer Bob Pettit was the star of those Hawks teams of the late '50s and the Hawks captured the franchise's only title in 1958 behind their all star forward. 

The team moved to Atlanta in 1968 where it has remained since. a handful of all stars and even Hall of Famers played for the Hawks during its time in Atlanta. However, despite having a number of great players, the Hawks have never advanced past the second round of the playoffs in the Atlanta era. Dominique Wilkins led some of the entertaining Atlanta teams in the 1980s. Wilkins is one of the most popular players in Hawks history, and one if its best. The high flying Wilkins was a prolific scorer and multiple time slam dunk champion. Doc Rivers, Tree Rollins and Spud Webb are other players who are considered some of the best Hawks ever and some of the best players of all time. More recently, Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Josh Smith are all star players who have led the Hawks and are some of the best players of the past decade.

This is the list of the best Atlanta Hawks of all time. If you see someone who is missing from this list, feel free to add him to this list. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest Atlanta Hawks player of all time is. 
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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Small forward from Paris, France

Age: 59

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...more

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Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Center from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Age: 53

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, + more

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player. Mutombo played 18 seasons in the National Basketball ...more

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was an American professional basketball player. Maravich was born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of ...more

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Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward and Center from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 87

Teams: Milwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks (1954–1965). He was ...more

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward and Center from Virginia

Age: 64

Teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, + more

Moses Eugene Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) was an American basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association ...more

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Center from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Age: 33

Number: 42

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (born June 3, 1986) is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for ...more

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Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard/Small forward from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: 38

Number: 7

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Joseph Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Tri-State Triplets of the BIG3 professional basketball league. He played high ...more

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Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward from Monroe, Louisiana

Age: 34

Number: 24

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A power forward from Louisiana Tech ...more

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Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard from Dallas, Texas

Age: 56

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves

Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball point guard. Webb, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), is known for ...more

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Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") (July 11, 1944 – April 11, 2014) was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player, who was an All-American at the University of Minnesota ...more

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Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 82

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been inducted three times into the ...more

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 58

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball ...more

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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard and Small forward from Lakewood, California

Age: 38

Number: 26

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward from College Park, Georgia

Age: 34

Number: 5

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Joshua Smith (born December 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Entering the NBA ...more

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Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 31

Number: 0

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Jeffrey Demarco Teague (born June 10, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Teague played college basketball for ...more

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Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward and Center from Los Angeles, California

Age: 57

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, + more

Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962) is an American former professional basketball player mostly known for playing with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
RishiIyer added Shooting guard from Detroit, Highland Park, Michigan

Age: 50

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

Steven Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who is currently a basketball analyst for Turner Sports. After a collegiate career with Michigan State, he ...more

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Mookie Blaylock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard from Garland, Texas

Age: 52

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock (born March 20, 1967) is an American retired professional basketball player. He spent 13 years in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the New ...more

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Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Center from Winter Haven, Florida

Age: 64

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Atlanta ...more

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Bogart33 added Power forward and Center from New Bern, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 74 (1939-2013)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons, + more

Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional basketball player. A four-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of

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Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
AlexMuir added Point guard and Shooting guard from Seattle, Washington

Age: 42

Number: 4

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Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
AlexMuir added Shooting guard and Small forward from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Age: 40

Teams: Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He is best known for his career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he played as ...more

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Tim Hardaway, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
mandyclark25 added Shooting guard / Small forward from Miami, Florida

Age: 27

Number: 11

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. (born March 16, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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Cliff Hagan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Owensboro, Kentucky

Age: 88

Teams: St. Louis Hawks

Clifford Oldham Hagan (born December 9, 1931) is an American former professional basketball player. A 6-4 forward who excelled with the hook shot, Hagan, nicknamed "Li'l Abner", played ...more

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Stacey Augmon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Shooting guard and Small forward from Pasadena, California

Age: 51

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, + more

Stacey Orlando Augmon (born August 1, 1968) is an American basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for player development for the Sacramento Kings. He played professionally ...more