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The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time

Updated April 20, 2020 28.5k votes 4.4k voters 111.9k 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 Wilkins1
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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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    #430 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#14 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Bob Pettit2
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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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    #3 of 58 The Greatest LSU Basketball Players of All Time#8 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Dikembe Mutombo3
    1,255
    326

    Age53

    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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    #9 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#26 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

  • Pete Maravich4
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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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    #20 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#1 of 23 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 70s

  • Lou Hudson5
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    158

    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
  • Paul Millsap6
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    231

    Paul Millsap

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceMonroe, Louisiana

    Number24

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

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

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    #117 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today#75 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money

  • Moses Malone7
    906
    327

    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    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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    #5 of 25 The Best Power Forwards of the 80s#2 of 23 The Best NBA Centers of the 1980s

  • Joe Johnson8
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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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    #7 of 33 The Greatest Arkansas Basketball Players of All Time#92 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

  • Kyle Korver9
    613
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    Kyle Korver

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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

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    #140 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#45 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • Al Horford10
    841
    317

    Age34

    BirthplacePuerto Plata, Dominican Republic

    Number42

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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

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    #55 of 102 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today#26 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • Josh Smith11
    478
    137

    Josh Smith

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceCollege Park, Georgia

    Number5

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Joshua Smith (born December 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last...  more
  • Lenny Wilkens12
    468
    175

    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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    #957 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#8 of 76 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • Spud Webb13
    874
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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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    #5 of 31 The Best NC State Basketball Players Ever#4 of 24 The Shortest NBA Players of All Time, Ranked

  • Steve Smith14
    392
    117

    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    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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    #27 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#612 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Doc Rivers15
    565
    233

    Doc Rivers

    Point guard

    Age59

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

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

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

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    #12 of 31 The Best NBA Coaches Right Now#27 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

  • Kevin Willis16
    394
    156

    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
  • Mookie Blaylock17
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    171

    Mookie Blaylock

    Point guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceGarland, Texas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

    Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock (born March 20, 1967) is an American retired professional...  more
  • Jeff Teague18
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    Jeff Teague

    Point guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Number0

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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

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    #52 of 54 The Most Hated Active NBA Players#92 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Jason Terry19
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    90

    Jason Terry

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Number4

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

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    #52 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball#11 of 20 The Best Three-Point Shooters in NBA History

  • Tree Rollins20
    264
    122

    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
  • Tracy McGrady21
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    118

    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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

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    #316 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#12 of 26 The Best Dunkers In NBA History

  • Walt Bellamy22
    221
    130

    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
  • Jamal Crawford23
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    49

    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age40

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

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

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    #18 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#44 of 52 The Best NBA Free-Throw Shooters Ever

  • Stacey Augmon24
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    87

    Stacey Augmon

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age51

    BirthplacePasadena, California

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

    Stacey Orlando Augmon (born August 1, 1968) is an American basketball coach and former player...  more
  • Tim Hardaway, Jr.25
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    115

    Tim Hardaway, Jr.

    Shooting Guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number11

    TeamsDallas Mavericks

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

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    #7 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#81 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History