NBA 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
Jacques Dominique Wilkins is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best ...more
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1,127 347
Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Robert Lee "Bob" Pettit Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player. He played 11 seasons in the NBA, all with the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks. He was the first recipient of ...more
3
1,236 284
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard
Peter Press "Pistol Pete" Maravich was an American professional basketball player. He was born and raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. Maravich ...more
4
1,185 258
Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Center
Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo, commonly referred to as Dikembe Mutombo, is a Congolese American retired professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the ...more
5
921 309
Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Moses Eugene Malone is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player who starred in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. A three-time NBA MVP ...more
6
740 278
Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward
Joe Marcus Johnson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association he is currently number 13 on 3 point field made ...more
7
847 300
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Center
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more
8
851 336
Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard
Anthony Jerome "Spud" Webb is a retired American NBA professional basketball point guard. Webb is notable for winning a slam dunk contest despite being one of the shortest players in ...more
9
468 181
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard
Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens is an American retired basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial ...more
10
523 165
Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
Louis Clyde Hudson ("Sweet Lou") was an American National Basketball Association (NBA) player, who was an All-American at the University of Minnesota and a six-time NBA All-Star, ...more
11
579 240
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. A ...more
12
711 166
Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward
Paul Millsap is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. As a 6'8", 253 pound power forward from ...more
13
377 171
Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward, Center
Kevin Alvin Willis is a retired American professional basketball player mostly known for playing with the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. He is a 7-foot power ...more
14
393 197
Mookie Blaylock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Point guard
Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock is a retired American professional basketball player. He spent 13 years in the NBA with three teams.
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332 113
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
RishiIyer added Shooting guard
Steven Delano "Steve" Smith is a retired American basketball player. After a collegiate career with Michigan State, he played with several teams in his 14-season National Basketball ...more
16
444 156
Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Power forward
Joshua "Josh" Smith is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He previously played for his ...more
17
571 149
Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard, Small forward
Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
18
434 180
Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
idawg387 added Point guard
Jeffrey Demarco Teague (born June 10, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Teague played college ...more
19
215 142
Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Bogart33 added Power forward, Center
Walter Jones Bellamy was an American professional basketball player.
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259 151
Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Center
Wayne Monte "Tree" Rollins is a retired American professional basketball player who played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, ...more
21
169 168
Cliff Hagan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
Clifford Oldham "Cliff" Hagan is an American former professional basketball player. A 6-4 forward who excelled with the hook shot, Hagan, nicknamed "Li'l Abner," played his ...more
22
231 75
Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
AlexMuir added Point guard, Shooting guard
Jason Eugene Terry is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association. He plays at both guard positions. His ...more
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122 121
Dan Roundfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
slaft added Power forward, Center
Danny Thomas "Dan" Roundfield was an American professional basketball player. The 6'8" forward/center graduated from Chadsey Senior High School in 1971. On the collegiate scene, ...more
24
138 176
Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
slaft added Power forward, Center
Christian Donald Laettner is an American former basketball player, entrepreneur, and basketball coach. He had a distinguished college and Olympic team career. After college, he played for 6 ...more
25
238 43
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
AlexMuir added Point guard, Shooting guard
Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford played his high school ...more