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The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time

Updated April 20, 2020 27.9k votes 4.4k voters 112.8k views85 items

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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

    Small forward

    Age60

    BirthplaceParis, France

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

    Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional...  more

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    Bob Pettit

    Power forward

    Age88

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Number9

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

    Robert Lee Pettit Jr. (born December 12, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Age54

    BirthplaceKinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets

    Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo (born June 25, 1966) is a Congolese...  more

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    Pete Maravich

    Shooting guard

    AgeDec. at 41 (1947-1988)

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania

    Number44

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

    Peter Press Maravich (June 22, 1947 – January 5, 1988), known by his nickname Pistol Pete, was...  more

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    Lou Hudson

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    AgeDec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    BirthplaceGreensboro, North Carolina

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Hawks

    Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") (July 11, 1944 – April 11, 2014) was an American National...  more
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    Paul Millsap

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceMonroe, Louisiana

    Number24

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

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    Joe Johnson

    Shooting guard/Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    Number7

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Joseph Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who...  more

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    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age65

    BirthplaceVirginia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets

    Moses Eugene Malone (March 23, 1955 – September 13, 2015) was an American basketball player...  more

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    Kyle Korver

    Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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    Age34

    BirthplacePuerto Plata, Dominican Republic

    Number42

    TeamsOklahoma City Thunder

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    Josh Smith

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceCollege Park, Georgia

    Number5

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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    Lenny Wilkens

    Point guard

    Age82

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Seattle Supersonics

    Leonard Randolph Wilkens (born October 28, 1937) is an American former basketball player and...  more

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    Spud Webb

    Point guard

    Age57

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves

    Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb (born July 13, 1963) is an American retired professional basketball...  more

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    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceDetroit, Highland Park, Michigan

    TeamsCharlotte 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...  more

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    Doc Rivers

    Point guard

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

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    Kevin Willis

    Power forward, Center

    Age58

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Alvin Willis (born September 6, 1962) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    Mookie Blaylock

    Point guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceGarland, Texas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

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    Jeff Teague

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Number0

    TeamsBoston Celtics

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    Age65

    BirthplaceWinter Haven, Florida

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons

    Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins (born June 16, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
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    Jason Terry

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age43

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number4

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    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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    Walt Bellamy

    Power forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 74 (1939-2013)

    BirthplaceNew Bern, North Carolina

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons

    Walter Jones Bellamy (July 24, 1939 – November 2, 2013) was an American professional...  more

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    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age40

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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    Stacey Augmon

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplacePasadena, California

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans

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    Tim Hardaway, Jr.

    Shooting Guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number11

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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