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The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time

Updated April 20, 2020 29.1k votes 4.3k voters 109.1k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Dominique Wilkins

    Small forward

    Age59

    BirthplaceParis, France

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

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

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    Dikembe Mutombo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    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 on Wikipedia

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    Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Bob Pettit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Bob Pettit

    Power forward, Center

    Age87

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    TeamsMilwaukee Hawks, St. Louis Hawks

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

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    Lou Hudson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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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 on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Paul Millsap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Paul Millsap

    Power forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceMonroe, Louisiana

    Number24

    TeamsDenver Nuggets

    Paul Millsap (born February 10, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    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 on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Joe Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Joe Johnson

    Shooting guard/Small forward

    Age38

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Number7

    TeamsDetroit Pistons

    Joseph Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Kyle Korver

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age38

    BirthplaceLakewood, California

    Number26

    TeamsMilwaukee Bucks

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

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    Josh Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Josh Smith

    Power forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceCollege Park, Georgia

    Number5

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

    Joshua Smith (born December 5, 1985) is an American professional basketball player who last... more on Wikipedia
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    Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Age33

    BirthplacePuerto Plata, Dominican Republic

    Number42

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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

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    Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Spud Webb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Spud Webb

    Point guard

    Age56

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Doc Rivers

    Point guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks

    Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former... more on Wikipedia

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    Kevin Willis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Kevin Willis

    Power forward, Center

    Age57

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Mookie Blaylock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Mookie Blaylock

    Point guard

    Age52

    BirthplaceGarland, Texas

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors

    Daron Oshay "Mookie" Blaylock (born March 20, 1967) is an American retired professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Jeff Teague

    Point guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Number0

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks

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

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    Jason Terry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Tree Rollins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Age64

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Tracy McGrady is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Tracy McGrady

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Bartow

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

    Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr. (born May 24, 1979) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
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    Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    Jamal Crawford

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Number11

    TeamsPhoenix Suns

    Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who ... more on Wikipedia
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    Tim Hardaway, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    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 on Wikipedia
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    Stacey Augmon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Atlanta Hawks of All Time
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    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 on Wikipedia
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