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The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time

Updated April 20, 2020 28.0k votes 4.4k voters 113.0k 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
    Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born January 12, 1960) is an American retired professional...  more

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    Bob Pettit

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

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    Pete Maravich

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

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

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    Lou Hudson

    Shooting guard, Small forward
    Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") (July 11, 1944 – April 11, 2014) was an American National...  more
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    Joe Johnson

    Shooting guard/Small forward
    Joseph Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who...  more

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    Paul Millsap

    Power forward
    Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Moses Malone

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

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    Kyle Korver

    Small forward
    Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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    Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (born June 3, 1986) is a Dominican professional basketball player...  more

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    Josh Smith

    Power forward
    Joshua Smith (born December 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last...  more

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    Lenny Wilkens

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

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    Spud Webb

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

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    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard
    Steven Delano Smith (born March 31, 1969) is an American retired basketball player who is...  more

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    Doc Rivers

    Point guard
    Doc Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and former...  more

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    Kevin Willis

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

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    Mookie Blaylock

    Point guard
    Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock (born March 20, 1967) is an American retired professional...  more

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    Jeff Teague

    Point guard
    Jeffrey Demarco Teague (born June 10, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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    Jason Terry

    Point guard, Shooting guard
    Jason Eugene Terry (born September 15, 1977) is an American professional basketball player who...  more

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

    Shooting guard, Small forward
    Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball...  more

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    Walt Bellamy

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

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    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard
    Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who ...  more

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    Stacey Augmon

    Shooting guard, Small forward
    Stacey Orlando Augmon (born August 1, 1968) is an American basketball coach and former player...  more
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    Tim Hardaway, Jr.

    Shooting Guard
    Timothy Duane Hardaway Jr. (born March 16, 1992) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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