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The Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home games at Philips Arena. The team's origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball
Basketball
League (NBL) owned by Ben Kerner
Ben Kerner
and Leo Ferris.[7] After 38 days in Buffalo, the team moved to Moline, Illinois, where they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.[8] In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the merger between the NBL and the Basketball Association of America (BAA), and briefly had Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
as coach. In 1951, Kerner moved the team to Milwaukee, where they changed their name to the Hawks. Kerner and the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, where they won their only NBA championship in 1958 and qualified to play in the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in 1957, 1960 and 1961. The Hawks played the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in all four of their trips to the NBA Finals. The St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks moved to Atlanta
Atlanta
in 1968, when Kerner sold the franchise to Thomas Cousins and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders.[9][10] The Hawks currently own the second-longest drought (behind the Sacramento Kings) of not winning an NBA championship at 60 seasons. The franchise's lone NBA championship, as well as all four NBA Finals appearances, occurred when the team was based in St. Louis. Meanwhile, they went 48 years without advancing past the second round of the playoffs in any format, until finally breaking through in 2015. Much of the failure they have experienced in the postseason can be traced back to their poor history in the NBA draft. Since 1980, the Hawks have drafted only four players who have been chosen to play in an NBA All-Star Game (Doc Rivers, Kevin Willis, Al Horford, and Jeff Teague). Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
was actually selected by the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
and traded to the Hawks a few months after the draft. Horford and Teague are the only All-Star Hawks to have been drafted since Willis was selected in 1984, and Horford is also the only first-rounder the Hawks selected in their nine-year playoff drought to play in an NBA All-Star Game.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 1946–1953: Buffalo, Tri-Cities and Milwaukee 1.2 1954–1965: The Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit
era 1.3 1965–1975: Relocation to Atlanta

1.3.1 Ted Turner's ownership

1.4 1982–1994: The Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
era 1.5 1994–2005: Average times

1.5.1 Atlanta
Atlanta
Spirit LLC's ownership

1.6 2005–2012: The Joe Johnson era 1.7 2012–2013: Roster turnover 1.8 2013–present: The Mike Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer
era

2 Season-by-season records 3 Logos and uniforms 4 Rivalries

4.1 Boston Celtics 4.2 Orlando Magic

5 Home arenas 6 Players

6.1 Current roster 6.2 Retained draft rights 6.3 Retired numbers 6.4 Non-issued numbers 6.5 Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famers 6.6 FIBA Hall of Famers 6.7 Franchise leaders

7 Coaches 8 Awards and accomplishments

8.1 Individual awards 8.2 NBA All-Star Weekend

9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Franchise history[edit] 1946–1953: Buffalo, Tri-Cities and Milwaukee[edit]

Wharton Field House
Wharton Field House
in Moline, Illinois

The origins of the Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks can be traced to the Buffalo Bisons franchise, which was founded in 1946. The Bisons were a member of the National Basketball
Basketball
League, and played their games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium. The club was organized by the Erie County American Legion
American Legion
and was coached by Nat Hickey.[11] Their first game – a 50–39 victory over the Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
– was played on November 8, 1946. On the team was William "Pop" Gates, who, along with William "Dolly" King, was one of the first two African-American players in the NBL.[12] The team, which needed to draw 3,600 fans per game to break even struggled to draw 1,000 fans per game to the Auditorium. The franchise lasted only 38 days in Buffalo when, on December 25, 1946, Leo Ferris, the team's general manager, announced that the team would be moving to Moline, Illinois, which at that time was part of an area then known as the "Tri-Cities": Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa.[7] Upon relocation to Moline, the team was renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, and played their home games at Wharton Field House, a 6,000-seat arena in Moline.[1] The team featured guard/forward and coach Deanglo King, and was owned by Leo Ferris
Leo Ferris
and Ben Kerner.[8] Pop Gates remained on the Blackhawks roster, and finished second on the team in scoring behind future 1948 NBL MVP Don Otten. A Naismith Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame member, Gates helped to integrate the league and later become the first African-American coach in a major sports league, coaching Dayton in 1948.[13][14] In 1949 the Blackhawks became one of the National Basketball Association's 17 original teams after a merger of the 12-year-old NBL and the three-year-old Basketball
Basketball
Association of America (BAA). They reached the playoffs in the NBA's inaugural year under the leadership of coach Red Auerbach. The following season, they drafted three-time All-American Bob Cousy, but they were unable to reach a deal and traded him to the Chicago Stags
Chicago Stags
(who would later surrender him in a dispersal draft to the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
when the Stags folded). The Blackhawks finished last in the Western Division and missed the playoffs. By then, it was obvious that the Tri-Cities area was too small to support an NBA team. After the season, the franchise relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and became the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Hawks. 1954–1965: The Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit
era[edit]

Pettit in 1957

In 1954, the Hawks drafted Bob Pettit, a future NBA MVP. Despite this, the Hawks were one of the league's worst teams, and in 1955 the Hawks moved, this time to St. Louis, Missouri, Milwaukee's rival in the beer industry, and became the St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks. In 1956, the St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks drafted legendary Bill Russell
Bill Russell
in the first round (#2 pick). They immediately traded Russell to the Boston Celtics for Cliff Hagan
Cliff Hagan
and Ed Macauley, both Hall of Fame members.[15][16][17] In 1957, the Hawks finished four games under .500. However, the Western Division was extremely weak that year; no team in the division had a winning record. They won the division title and a bye to the division finals after defeating the Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
and Fort Wayne Pistons in one-game tiebreakers. They then defeated the Lakers in the division finals to advance to the Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in a double-overtime thriller in game seven. In 1958, after tallying their first winning record, they again advanced to the Finals, where they avenged their defeat against the Celtics from the previous year, winning the series 4–2 and giving the Hawks their first and only NBA Championship. Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit
scored 50 points in the final game of the series. The Hawks remained one of the NBA's premier teams for the next decade. In 1960, under coach Ed Macauley, the team advanced to the Finals, but lost to the Celtics in another game seven thriller. The following year, with the acquisition of rookie Lenny Wilkens, the Hawks repeated their success, but met the Celtics in the Finals again and lost in five games. They would remain contenders for most of the 1960s, advancing deep into the playoffs and also capturing several division titles. 1965–1975: Relocation to Atlanta[edit] Despite the success, Kerner became weary of the Hawks' longtime home, Kiel Auditorium. The 33-year-old arena seated only 10,000 people and was starting to show its age. The Hawks occasionally played at the larger St. Louis
St. Louis
Arena, mostly against popular opponents, but Kerner was not willing to move the team there full-time because it had not been well-maintained since the 1940s. Even though it was being heavily renovated to accommodate the arrival of the NHL's Blues in 1967, Kerner was still not willing to move to the St. Louis
St. Louis
Arena. He wanted a new arena to increase revenue. However, Kerner was rebuffed by the city on several occasions. In early 1967, Kerner briefly put the Hawks up for sale. One of the bidders was a New Orleans
New Orleans
group led by Morton Downey Jr., but the deal collapsed and Kerner temporarily took his team off the market.[18] Unable to resolve the arena situation, Kerner sold the Hawks to Atlanta
Atlanta
real estate developer Tom Cousins
Tom Cousins
and former Georgia governor Carl Sanders, who moved the team to Atlanta
Atlanta
in 1968.[19] While a new arena was being constructed, the team spent its first four seasons playing at Alexander Memorial Coliseum
Alexander Memorial Coliseum
on the campus of Georgia Tech, winning their first Division title in the 1969–70 season with a 48–34 record in the Western Division. Cousins' firm soon developed the Omni Coliseum, a 16,500-seat, state-of-the-art downtown Atlanta arena, for the Hawks and the expansion Atlanta
Atlanta
Flames hockey franchise, which opened in 1972 as the first phase of a massive sports, office, hotel and retail complex, most of which is now the CNN Center. Also in 1972, the Hawks debuted a new logo and new colors, trading the green and blue color scheme that the team had used for two years, in favor of white, gold, and red, the same colors the Flames used. The hawk head silhouette inside a circle remained as the team's logo, albeit simplified. The years after the move showcased a talented Hawks team, including Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
and Lou Hudson. However, after this period of success, the team experienced some years of rebuilding. Despite appearing to be moving in the right direction when they ended up with the 1st and 3rd picks overall in the 1975 NBA draft, the players drafted with those two picks, David Thompson of North Carolina State and Marvin Webster of Morgan State, both signed with the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
of the American Basketball
Basketball
Association and never played for the Hawks. Ted Turner's ownership[edit] Cable network entrepreneur and Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves owner Ted Turner
Ted Turner
bought the team in 1977 and hired Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown
to become head coach. The Hawks were the only NBA team in the Deep South, just as the Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves were the only Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
team in the region for many years to come. Turner's ownership was instrumental in keeping both teams in the region. Coach Brown won coach of the year in 1978. In the 1979–80 season, the Hawks finished with a 50-32 record and won the Central Division. It was their first division title in the Central Division and second in the city of Atlanta. 1982–1994: The Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
era[edit] In 1982, the franchise acquired superstar Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
and promoted Mike Fratello
Mike Fratello
to head coach a year later. Due to sagging attendance, 12 home games during the 1984–85 season were played at the Lakefront Arena
Lakefront Arena
in New Orleans, Louisiana. The New Orleans
New Orleans
games were paid for by Barry Mendelson for $1.2 million with the Hawks going 6–6 in Louisiana. Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1985 and 1990, engaging in an iconic rivalry with Michael Jordan. Spud Webb
Spud Webb
won the Slam Dunk Contest and Fratello won the Coach of the Year Award in 1986. From 1985 to 1989, the Hawks were among the league's elite, winning 50 games or more each season. They won a division title in 1986–87 with a franchise record 57–25. However, the team could not advance past the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs, losing to the eventual Eastern Conference (and in some years, NBA champions) Boston and Detroit. The Hawks drafted Stacey Augmon
Stacey Augmon
with their ninth overall pick in the 1991 NBA draft, who would make the All-Rookie First Team. However, Wilkins had a season-ending injury in the middle of the season, and without him, the Hawks were unable to make it to the playoffs. In 1992, the Hawks acquired guard Mookie Blaylock from the New Jersey Nets; he would spend seven years of his career as a Hawk, leading them in career steals and three-point field goals while earning an All-Star appearance in 1994. After seasons of mediocrity, Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
was hired as head coach in 1993. In 1993–94, the Hawks won 57 games, tying a team record. They also won a fourth division title in Atlanta, and third in the Central Division. Coach Wilkens was named Coach of the Year for his work with the team. However, the team fell short again in the playoffs, losing to the 5th-seeded Indiana Pacers in the Eastern semis in six games. The season was also marred by the trading of Dominique Wilkins, who remains the franchise all-time leading scorer, to the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
for Danny Manning, who quickly left via free agency to the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
after the season ended. On March 6, 2015, Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
received a statue in front of Philips Arena. 1994–2005: Average times[edit]

Steve Smith was one of the Hawks' cornerstone players during the mid-to-late 1990s, helping lead Atlanta
Atlanta
to three Conference Semi-Finals appearances

At the beginning of the 1994–95 season, the Hawks traded forward Kevin Willis
Kevin Willis
to the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
for Steve Smith and Grant Long. During the season, coach Wilkens broke the record (previously held by coach Red Auerbach) for most victories by an NBA head coach with victory number 939. They ended up fifth in the Central Division with a 42–40 record, they would be swept by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
in the first round of the playoffs. The Hawks finished the 1995–96 season with a 46–36 record, fourth in the Central Division. Midway through the season, they acquired Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner
from the Minnesota Timberwolves; Laettner would get an All-Star appearance in 1997. They upset the 3rd-seeded Pacers in the first round in five games, however lost in five games to the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
in the semifinals. Around this time, it was decided that the Omni should be replaced by a new arena. The Omni was designed with weathering steel that was intended to rust into a seal around the arena so it could last for decades. However, the designers and architects did not reckon on Atlanta's humid subtropical climate. As a result, it never stopped rusting, and looked somewhat dated despite being 25 years old. When Turner won an NHL franchise, the Atlanta
Atlanta
Thrashers, one condition was that a new arena had to be in place before the new team took the ice for the first time, as The Omni was unusable even for temporary use. Eventually, it was decided that The Omni would be demolished and a new arena for the Hawks and the expansion NHL Thrashers would be built on the same area. Following the 1997 playoffs, the Hawks moved back to Georgia Tech's Alexander Memorial Coliseum, with the Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
used for larger-capacity games, until Philips Arena
Philips Arena
opened before the 1999–2000 season. The Hawks had two 50+ win seasons in 1996–97 (56–26) and 1997–98 (50–32), with center Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo
winning defensive player of the year awards back to back. The Hawks defeated the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
in five games in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs, but lost in five games in the second round to the defending champs Chicago Bulls. Game 4, an 89–80 loss, would be the last game at The Omni. In 1997–98, forward Alan Henderson won Most Improved Player award. However, the Hawks would lose in four games in the first round of the playoffs to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hawks would end up with a 31-win campaign in the lockout-shortened 1998–99 season. In the first round they defeated the Pistons in five games again, but they could not advance past the second round of the playoffs, as they were swept by the 8th-seeded New York Knicks. In 1999, their first season at Philips Arena, the Hawks traded Steve Smith to Portland for Isaiah Rider and Jim Jackson, and sent Mookie Blaylock and a first round draft pick to the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
for Bimbo Coles and a first round draft pick. Smith and Blaylock had been one of the Hawks' most popular players during the 1990s, and Smith had recently been awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
for his charitable endeavors, as well as being selected in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. By contrast, Rider had a history of behavioral problems both on and off the court. Rider's troubled conduct continued after his arrival in Atlanta. Rider missed the first day of training camp and was late for two games. After reports that he smoked marijuana in an Orlando hotel room during a January road trip, the league demanded that he attend drug counseling, and fined him a total of $200,000 until he agreed to go. When he showed up late for a March game, the Hawks released him.[20] The Smith/Rider trade sent the Hawks into a downward spiral. After only missing the playoffs four times since 1977, they fell to seventh place in the Central Division with a 28–54 record; they would not return to the playoffs for eight years. Point guard
Point guard
Jason Terry
Jason Terry
became the team's scoring leader during the 2000–01 season, leading them with 19.7 ppg. After the All-Star break, the Hawks traded Mutombo to the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
for Theo Ratliff, Toni Kukoč, and Nazr Mohammed. However, Ratliff was injured and did not play with the Hawks until next season. They ended the season with a 25–57 record. In 2001, the Hawks drafted Spanish star Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol
3rd, but his rights were ceded to the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
in a trade involving Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim became the team's scoring leader, and made his only All-Star appearance in 2002. The team ended up 33–49 for the 2001–02 season. The Hawks sent Kukoc to the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks for All-Star Glenn Robinson in 2002, Robinson lead the team with 20.8 ppg. But the Hawks still failed to make the playoffs for the 2002–03 season, finishing with a 35–47 record. In February 2004, the Hawks had the distinction of having NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace
play one game for the team. Wallace was traded from Portland to the Hawks along with Wesley Person for Abdur-Rahim, Ratliff, and Dan Dickau.[21] In his lone game for the Hawks, Wallace scored 20 points, had 6 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists and a steal in a loss to the New Jersey Nets.[22] After the game he was dealt to the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
in a three-way trade with the Boston Celtics. In turn, Detroit sent guard Bob Sura, center Željko Rebrača, and a first-round draft pick to the Hawks. The Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
also sent forward Chris Mills to Atlanta
Atlanta
to complete the deal, but Mills never had a chance to play in a Hawks uniform. The Hawks ended their 2003–04 season with a 28–54 record.[23] In 2003, Atlanta
Atlanta
hosted the All-Star game, the last an East team would host for nine years. Atlanta
Atlanta
Spirit LLC's ownership[edit] On March 31, 2004, the team was sold to a group of executives by the name of Atlanta
Atlanta
Spirit LLC [24] by Time Warner
Time Warner
(who inherited the Hawks, Braves and Thrashers upon its merger with Turner Broadcasting in 1996). During the off-season, the Hawks sent Jason Terry, Alan Henderson, and a future first round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks for Antoine Walker
Antoine Walker
and Tony Delk. After the change in ownership, the Hawks still struggled. In the 2004–05 season, the Hawks were the league's worst team with a mere 13 victories (five fewer than even the expansion Charlotte Bobcats
Charlotte Bobcats
and the struggling New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets). It was also the year Josh Smith
Josh Smith
won the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest. 2005–2012: The Joe Johnson era[edit] In the summer of 2005, the Hawks completed a sign and trade deal with the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
to acquire Joe Johnson in return for Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw
and two future 1st round picks. They also signed Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
from the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks. These changes occurred after an apparent power struggle between the owners for nearly three weeks before the moves were made.[25] Despite their league-worst record the previous season, the Hawks only landed the number two pick in the 2005 NBA draft
NBA draft
lottery (the first pick went to the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks). With the second pick, the Hawks selected Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams
of North Carolina. In the 2006 draft, the Hawks selected former Duke star Shelden Williams
Shelden Williams
with the fifth overall pick. Hope and redemption appeared to be on the horizon for the Hawks beginning in 2007. With the third pick of the NBA draft, they selected Al Horford. Horford nearly averaged a double-double during his rookie season, and is the only unanimous selection to the All-Rookie First Team as well as being runner-up for Rookie of the Year honors. The season started with a victory against the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
101–94, sending hope to Hawks fans. The last time they won a season opener was in 1998, also the last time they made the playoffs. For the 2007–08 season, the Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks updated the colors and uniforms to navy blue, red, and silver, marking the first time in team history that they had used those colors. A midseason trade for point guard Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby
boosted the Hawks' playoff hopes. At the time of the trade the Hawks were 22–28; afterwards they won 15 of their last 32 games to finish 37–45. Although they finished with a losing record, they managed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999. In the playoffs the Hawks started to show improvement, pushing the eventual NBA Champions, Boston Celtics, to a Game 7 before losing in a blowout in Boston. The Hawks won all three games at Philips Arena, which hosted its first playoff games and earned its first sellout.

Uniforms from 2007 to 2015. In 2014, the shorts logo changed to the team's former "Pac-Man" logo.

The 2008–09 season saw the Hawks win 47 games, their first winning season since 1999. With almost an intact lineup from the previous year the Hawks manage to take a step forward in their development. Again they were pushed to a Game 7 in the first round but capitalized on home-court advantage earning their first playoff series win since 1999 against the Miami Heat. The Hawks were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–0 in the Conference Semifinals. The 2009–10 season saw the Hawks improve further, winning 53 games, their first 50-win season since 1997–98. Al Horford
Al Horford
earned his first All-Star selection, and along with Joe Johnson, this marked the first time since 1998 that the Hawks sent two players to the All-Star Game. The playoffs, however, were a reprise from the previous year. They won a hard-fought seven-game series against the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks, but they were swept by the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
in the second round, with every game a one-sided contest. After the season, the Hawks dismissed head coach Mike Woodson and was replaced by Larry Drew. The Hawks took a step back in the 2010–11 season, finishing with 44 wins, even though Horford and Johnson were named to the All-Star team. In midseason the Hawks traded Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby
to the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
for Kirk Hinrich, in hopes of bringing a defensive guard to replace the defensively liable Bibby. The Hawks finished the season losing their final six games. In the playoffs the Hawks beat the Magic in six games; however, they subsequently lost to the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in six games. In August 2011, it was announced that California-based businessman Alex Meruelo was buying a majority stake of the Hawks,[26][27] but in November he backed out of his intentions.[28] In December 2011, The Hawks signed Tracy McGrady, Jerry Stackhouse, Jason Collins, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jannero Pargo, and Willie Green. They also picked up rookies Donald Sloan and 27-year-old Ivan Johnson. Sloan was waived a month later. The Hawks finished the 2011–12 season with the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference with 40 wins,[29] clinching the playoffs for the fifth straight season. However, the Hawks would be eliminated in the first round by the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in six games, ending the Hawks' three-year streak of advancing to the second round. 2012–2013: Roster turnover[edit] On June 25, 2012, the Hawks hired San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
Vice President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations Danny Ferry as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. During the 2012 NBA draft, the Hawks chose guard John Jenkins with the 23rd pick and power forward Mike Scott with the 43rd pick. On July 2, 2012, the Hawks traded leading scorer and All-Star Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
for Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow, DeShawn Stevenson, Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, as well as a 2013 first-round pick. That same day, the Hawks traded small forward Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams
to the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
for point guard Devin Harris. On July 10, 2012, the Hawks signed guard Lou Williams. On January 21, 2013, following Lou Williams' season-ending injury in a game against the Brooklyn Nets,[30] the Hawks signed guard Jannero Pargo to a 10-day contract.[31] On February 21, 2013, the Hawks traded Morrow to the Dallas Mavericks for Dahntay Jones. That same day, the Hawks traded a future 2nd-round pick to the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
in exchange for Jeremy Tyler, who was waived 15 days later. The Hawks ended the 2012–13 season with a 44–38 record, making a playoff appearance for the sixth straight season. However, they were eliminated by the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
in six games in the first round. By the end of the offseason, every player involved in the Johnson and Williams trades just a year earlier were either waived or not brought back. The 2013 free agency period also marked the end of the Josh Smith era for Atlanta
Atlanta
as he signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons. Longtime Hawk Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
moved on as well and signed with the Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks. With half the roster gone, 2012–13 proved to be a roster turnover year, paving a path to success for Mike Budenholzer. 2013–present: The Mike Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer
era[edit] On May 28, 2013, the Hawks hired San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
assistant coach Mike Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer
as the new head coach. The Hawks entered the 2013 NBA draft
NBA draft
with four draft picks. They drafted point guards Dennis Schröder
Dennis Schröder
(17th pick) and Shane Larkin (18th pick). They also chose point guard Raulzinho Neto
Raulzinho Neto
with the 47th pick and small forward James Ennis with the 50th pick. However, the Hawks traded Larkin to the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
for the draft rights of Mike Muscala
Mike Muscala
and Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
(originally drafted by the Boston Celtics), as well as guard Jared Cunningham. They also traded Ennis's draft rights to the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
and Neto's to the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
for a future second-round pick. The Hawks brought back Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
with a four-year, $24 million deal and signed power forward Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap
to a two-year, $19 million deal. On December 26, 2013, Horford tore his right pectoral muscle, and on December 30, the Hawks announced that he would undergo surgery the next day and would miss the rest of the season.[32] The Hawks finished 38-44, their first losing season since 2008. However, due to the weakness of the Eastern Conference, they finished as the 8th seed in the playoffs, and just like 2008, the Hawks would not go down easy, as they took the top-seeded Pacers to 7 games in before a 92-80 loss in Game 7. On May 1, 2014, the Hawks unveiled a new secondary logo, which is a modernized version of the 1972–95 "Pac-Man" logo.[33] On July 15, 2014, they acquired defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha
Thabo Sefolosha
from the Oklahoma City Thunder. On September 7, 2014, Bruce Levenson announced he would sell his share of the team, after self-reporting an inappropriate email he sent in 2012.[34] Some in the African American sports community have defended Levenson, namely Jason Whitlock[35] and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,[36] commenting that Levenson's email had no racist intent, but was motivated by valid business concerns. On January 2, 2015, The Atlanta
Atlanta
Journal-Constitution reported that the remaining minority owners of Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks, LLC would join Levenson, effectively putting the entire franchise for sale.[37] The sale of the team as well as the operating rights to Philips Arena
Philips Arena
was handled by Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs
and Inner Circle Sports LLC. The NBA has stated that the Hawks would remain in Atlanta
Atlanta
as a condition of their sale. Additionally, Atlanta
Atlanta
mayor Kasim Reed
Kasim Reed
stated that the city might offer incentives for a prospective owner to keep the Hawks in Atlanta for another 30 years.[38] On April 22, 2015, Atlanta
Atlanta
Spirit reached a tentative agreement to sell the franchise to a group led by billionaire Tony Ressler (with Grant Hill, Steven Price, Rick Schnall, Sara Blakely, Jesse Itzler) for $850 million; the sale was approved by the NBA Board of Governors on June 24, 2015.[39][40][41] On January 31, 2015, the Hawks became the first NBA team to go 17-0 in a calendar month by beating Portland.[42] The 2015 All-Star Game consisted of four Hawks All-Stars including Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
and Al Horford. On March 9, 2015, Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
and DeMarre Carroll each scored 20 points to help the Hawks become the first NBA team to 50 wins in 2014–15, scoring a season-high in routing the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
130-105. The Hawks also set a franchise record by going 20-of-36 for three-pointers, breaking the mark of 19 set against the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
on December 17, 1996.[43] On March 20, 2015, the Hawks clinched their first division title in over two decades and became the first team not based in Florida to win the NBA's Southeast Division;[44] one week later, with a win over Miami as well as a Cleveland loss to Brooklyn, the Hawks clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.[45] The team finished a franchise-best 60-22. In the Eastern Conference first round, the Hawks defeated the Brooklyn Nets in six games. The Hawks then advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals to face the Washington Wizards, also defeating them in six games. It was the first time they had advanced past the second round since 1967, their next-to-last year in St. Louis. The Hawks advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, where the club lost in four games to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On June 22, 2016, the Hawks traded Jeff Teague to Indiana in a three-team deal, that would give Utah's 12th pick in the 2016 NBA draft to the Hawks.[46] On July 13, 2017, Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap
signed a multi-year deal with the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
which marked the end of the Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap
era.[47] Season-by-season records[edit] Main article: List of Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks seasons Logos and uniforms[edit] Throughout the club's history, the team has undergone several logo and uniform changes.[48] On May 1, 2014, the club adopted a stylized version of the 'Pac-Man' logo that it used from 1972 to 1995.[33] The 'Pac-Man' logo (placed in a roundel) would become the team's primary logo after the conclusion of the team's 2014–15 season.[49] On June 24, 2015, the team unveiled its new home, road and alternate uniforms, along with its updated logos and colors. The primary colors are Torch Red, Volt Green and Georgia Granite Gray. The team also unveiled its new socks and shoes, in conjunction with the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s new contract for official game socks with Stance. Previously, official game socks were primarily either white or black, depending on a team's preference. The team plans to wear white for home games, Georgia Granite Gray for road games, and Torch Red as an alternate uniform color.[4][50][51] Rivalries[edit] Boston Celtics[edit] The Celtics-Hawks rivalry is a rivalry in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association that has lasted for over five decades, although the two teams have played each other since the 1949–50 season, when the then- Tri-Cities Blackhawks
Tri-Cities Blackhawks
joined the NBA as part of the National Basketball
Basketball
League and the Basketball Association of America merger. However, the Blackhawks could not field a truly competitive team until they moved to St. Louis
St. Louis
as the St. Louis Hawks after a four-year stopover at Milwaukee. The two teams have faced each other eleven times in the NBA Playoffs, four times in the NBA Finals, with the Celtics winning ten of twelve series against the Hawks, including three out of four NBA Finals.[52] While the Hawks have only defeated the Celtics twice out of eleven series in the NBA Playoffs, they still often managed to make their series with the Celtics memorable. The rivalry intensified in 2016 with Hawks All-Star center Al Horford
Al Horford
spurning the team and joining the Celtics. Orlando Magic[edit] The Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks and the Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic
have an intense rivalry, mostly stemming from playoff competitions and the rising stardom of Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard
and Josh Smith, both from the 2004 NBA draft
NBA draft
and who were both raised in Georgia. The two teams faced each other twice in the 2010 and 2011 NBA playoffs. The Magic had swept the Hawks in the second round of the 2010 playoffs and the Hawks eliminated the Magic 4–2 in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. Home arenas[edit]

Wharton Field House
Wharton Field House
(1946–1951) Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Arena (1951–1955) Kiel Auditorium
Kiel Auditorium
and St. Louis
St. Louis
Arena (1955–1968) Alexander Memorial Coliseum
Alexander Memorial Coliseum
(1968–1972) The Omni (1972–1997)

Lakefront Arena
Lakefront Arena
(1984–1985; 12 "home" games)

Georgia Dome
Georgia Dome
and Alexander Memorial Coliseum, (1997–1999; Hawks alternated between these two venues while Philips Arena
Philips Arena
was under construction; the Omni was demolished in the summer of 1997) Philips Arena
Philips Arena
1999–present

Players[edit] Main article: Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks all-time roster Current roster[edit]

Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks roster

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Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

1.5 !G 7001240000000000000♠24 Bazemore, Kent  7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1989–07–01 Old Dominion

2.5 !G/F 7001950000000000000♠95 Bembry, DeAndre' 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1994–07–04 Saint Joseph's

4.0 !F 7001340000000000000♠34 Cavanaugh, Tyler (GL) 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1994-02-09 George Washington

1.5 !G 5000000000000000000♠0 Cleveland, Antonius 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1994–02–02 Southeast Missouri
Missouri
State

5.5 !F/C 7001200000000000000♠20 Collins, John 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1997–09–23 Wake Forest

6.0 !C 7001140000000000000♠14 Dedmon, Dewayne 7000213360000000000♠7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–08–12 Southern California

1.5 !G 7000500000000000000♠5 Delaney, Malcolm 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1989–03–11 Virginia Tech

1.5 !G 7000200000000000000♠2 Dorsey, Tyler 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 183 lb (83 kg) 1996–02–18 Oregon

4.0 !F 7000600000000000000♠6 Evans, Jeremy (GL) 7000205740000000000♠6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1987–10–24 Western Kentucky

1.5 !G 7000800000000000000♠8 Lee, Damion 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–10–21 Louisville

1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 Magette, Josh (TW) 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) 1989–11–28 Alabama–Huntsville

1.5 !G 7000300000000000000♠3 Morris, Jaylen 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1995–09–19 Molloy

5.5 !F/C 7001310000000000000♠31 Muscala, Mike 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1991–07–01 Bucknell

6.0 !C 7001180000000000000♠18 Plumlee, Miles 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 249 lb (113 kg) 1988–09–01 Duke

4.0 !F 7001120000000000000♠12 Prince, Taurean 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1994–03–22 Baylor

1.5 !G 7001170000000000000♠17 Schröder, Dennis 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1993–09–15 Germany

1.5 !G 7001220000000000000♠22 Taylor, Isaiah 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1994–07–11 Texas

4.0 !F 7000400000000000000♠4 White, Andrew (TW) 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1993–06–16 Syracuse

Head coach

Mike Budenholzer

Assistant coach(es)

Darvin Ham Taylor Jenkins Chris Jent Charles Lee Ben Sullivan Pete Radulovic (player development)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate (TW) Two-way affiliate player Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2018-04-05

Retained draft rights[edit] The Hawks hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[53] This list also includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

2017 2 60 Kaba, AlphaAlpha Kaba F  France ASVEL Basket
ASVEL Basket
(France)

2016 2 44 Cordinier, IsaïaIsaïa Cordinier G  France Olympique Antibes
Olympique Antibes
(France)

[54]

2015 2 50 Eriksson, MarcusMarcus Eriksson G  Sweden Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain)

[55]

Retired numbers[edit]

Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks retired numbers

No. Player Position Tenure

9 Bob Pettit F 1954–1965

21 Dominique Wilkins F 1982–1994

23 Lou Hudson F/G 1966–1977

44 Pete Maravich G 1970–1974

55 Dikembe Mutombo C 1996–2001

59 1 Kasim Reed Mayor of Atlanta 2010–2018

— Ted Turner Owner 1977–2001

Notes:

1 The Hawks retired number 59 jersey in honor of Reed who was the mayor of Atlanta
Atlanta
from 2010 to 2018.[56][57]

Non-issued numbers[edit]

40 – Jason Collier, C, 2004–2005. Never officially retired, but taken out of circulation.

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famers[edit]

Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks Hall of Famers

Players

No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

20 50 Ed Macauley
Ed Macauley
1 C/F 1956–1959 1960

9 Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit
4 1 F/C 1954–1965 1971

6 16 17 Cliff Hagan
Cliff Hagan
2 F/G 1956–1966 1978

22 Slater Martin
Slater Martin
3 G 1956–1960 1982

14 Bob Houbregs 4 C/F 1953 1987

44 Pete Maravich G 1970–1974 1987

34 Clyde Lovellette
Clyde Lovellette
2 C/F 1958–1962 1988

14 15 32 Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
2 5 G 1960–1968 1989

42 Connie Hawkins F/C 1975–1976 1992

8 Walt Bellamy
Walt Bellamy
6 C 1970–1974 1993

2 Moses Malone C/F 1988–1991 2001

21 Dominique Wilkins F 1982–1994 2006

15 18 19 Richie Guerin
Richie Guerin
7 G 1963–1967 1968–1970 2013

55 Dikembe Mutombo C 1996–2001 2015

14 31 Zelmo Beaty C 1962–1969 2016

1 Tracy McGrady G/F 2011–2012 2017[58]

10 Maurice Cheeks G 1991–1992 2018

22 44 Rod Thorn
Rod Thorn
10 G 1965–1967 2018

Coaches

Name Position Tenure Inducted

Red Auerbach Head coach 1949–1950 1969

Red Holzman
Red Holzman
8 Head coach 1954–1957 1986

Alex Hannum
Alex Hannum
9 Head coach 1957–1958 1998

Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
5 Head coach 1993–2000 1998

Hubie Brown Head Coach 1976–1981 2005

Notes:

1 Played for the team when they were known as St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks. Inducted as player. He also coached the Hawks (1958–1960). 2 Played for the team when they were known as St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks. 3 Played for the team when they were known as St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks. Inducted as player. He also coached the Hawks (1957). 4 Played for the team when they were known as Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Hawks. 5 In total, Wilkens was inducted into the Hall of Fame three times – as player, as coach and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team. 6 In total, Bellamy was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team. 7 Started playing for the team when they were known as St. Louis Hawks. Inducted as a player. He also coached the Hawks (1964–1972). 8 Inducted as coach. He also played for the Hawks (1953–1954). 9 Inducted as coach. He also played for the Hawks (1954–1956 and 1956–1957). 10 Played for the team when they were known as St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks. Inducted as a contributor.

FIBA Hall of Famers[edit]

Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks Hall of Famers

Players

No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

7 Toni Kukoč F 2001–2002 2017

Franchise leaders[edit] Bold denotes still active with team. Italic denotes still active but not with team.

Points scored (regular season) (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)[59]

1. Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins
(23,292) 2. Bob Pettit
Bob Pettit
(20,880) 3. Lou Hudson (16,049) 4. Cliff Hagan
Cliff Hagan
(13,447) 5. John Drew (12,621) 6. Joe Johnson (10,606) 7. Kevin Willis
Kevin Willis
(10,582) 8. Josh Smith
Josh Smith
(10,371) 9. Eddie Johnson (9,631) 10. Zelmo Beaty
Zelmo Beaty
(8,727)

11. Bill Bridges (8,685) 12. Lenny Wilkens
Lenny Wilkens
(8,591) 13. Al Horford
Al Horford
(8,288) 14. Mookie Blaylock (7,743) 15. Dan Roundfield (7,644) 16. Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
(7,357) 17. Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
(7,325) 18. Jason Terry
Jason Terry
(6,534) 19. Steve Smith (6,291) 20. Jeff Teague (6,291)

21. Joe Caldwell (6,072) 22. Tree Rollins (5,666) 23. Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams
(5,616) 24. Stacey Augmon
Stacey Augmon
(5,356) 25. Walt Bellamy
Walt Bellamy
(5,289) 26. Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap
(5,177) 27. Clyde Lovellette
Clyde Lovellette
(4,733) 28. Alan Henderson (4,575) 29. Steve Hawes
Steve Hawes
(4,498) 30. Shareef Abdur-Rahim (4,309)

31. Richie Guerin
Richie Guerin
(4,284) 32. Cliff Levingston (4,205) 33. Chuck Share (4,119) 34. Dikembe Mutombo
Dikembe Mutombo
(4,095) 35. Moses Malone
Moses Malone
(4,034) 36. Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
(4,032) 37. John Battle (3,882) 38. Spud Webb
Spud Webb
(3,702) 39. Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
(3,615) 40. Tom McMillen (3,523)

41. Randy Wittman
Randy Wittman
(3,522) 42. Walt Hazzard
Walt Hazzard
(3,500) 43. Herm Gilliam (3,496) 44. Jon Koncak (3,317) 45. Dennis Schröder
Dennis Schröder
(3,244) 46. John Brown (3,222) 47. Josh Childress
Josh Childress
(3,162) 48. Jim Washington (3,011) 49. Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner
(2,931) 50. Mike Bibby
Mike Bibby
(2,896)

Other statistics (regular season) (as of April 18, 2017)[59]

Most minutes played

Player Minutes

Dominique Wilkins 32,545

Bob Pettit 30,690

Lou Hudson 25,825

Bill Bridges 23,574

Josh Smith 23,078

Kevin Willis 22,588

Cliff Hagan 21,731

Tree Rollins 20,763

Joe Johnson 19,733

Lenny Wilkens 19,552

Most rebounds

Player Rebounds

Bob Pettit 12,849

Bill Bridges 8,656

Kevin Willis 7,332

Dominique Wilkins 6,119

Tree Rollins 5,994

Zelmo Beaty 5,622

Josh Smith 5,407

Al Horford 5,144

Cliff Hagan 5,116

Dan Roundfield 4,658

Most assists

Player Assists

Doc Rivers 3,866

Mookie Blaylock 3,764

Eddie Johnson 3,207

Lenny Wilkens 3,049

Jeff Teague 2,671

Joe Johnson 2,653

Bob Pettit 2,369

Dominique Wilkins 2,321

Cliff Hagan 2,242

Jason Terry 2,230

Most steals

Player Steals

Mookie Blaylock 1,321

Dominique Wilkins 1,245

Doc Rivers 1,166

John Drew 859

Josh Smith 857

Eddie Johnson 741

Jeff Teague 613

Jason Terry 588

Kevin Willis 581

Stacey Augmon 570

Most blocks

Player Blocks

Tree Rollins 2,283

Josh Smith 1,440

Dikembe Mutombo 1,094

Jon Koncak 747

Dan Roundfield 716

Al Horford 697

Dominique Wilkins 588

Theo Ratliff 436

Kevin Willis 425

Cliff Levingston 371

Most three-pointers made

Player 3-pointers made

Mookie Blaylock 1050

Joe Johnson 908

Kyle Korver 818

Jason Terry 648

Steve Smith 549

Dominique Wilkins 500

Mike Bibby 475

Jeff Teague 420

Paul Millsap 302

Jamal Crawford 282

Coaches[edit] Main article: List of Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks head coaches Awards and accomplishments[edit] Individual awards[edit]

NBA MVP

Bob Pettit – 1956, 1959

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Dikembe Mutombo – 1997, 1998

NBA Rookie of the Year

Bob Pettit – 1955

NBA Most Improved Player of the Year

Alan Henderson – 1998

NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Jamal Crawford – 2010

NBA Coach of the Year

Harry Gallatin – 1963 Richie Guerin – 1968 Hubie Brown – 1978 Mike Fratello – 1986 Lenny Wilkens – 1994 Mike Budenholzer – 2015

NBA Executive of the Year

Stan Kasten – 1986, 1987

NBA Sportsmanship Award

Kyle Korver – 2015

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Doc Rivers – 1990 Joe O'Toole – 1995 Steve Smith – 1998

All-NBA First Team

Bob Pettit – 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 Dominique Wilkins – 1986

All-NBA Second Team

Frank Brian – 1951 Slater Martin – 1957, 1958, 1959 Cliff Hagan – 1958, 1959 Bob Pettit – 1965 Lou Hudson – 1970 Pete Maravich – 1973 Dan Roundfield – 1980 Dominique Wilkins – 1987, 1988, 1991, 1993 Dikembe Mutombo – 2001

All-NBA Third Team

Dominique Wilkins – 1989 Kevin Willis – 1992 Dikembe Mutombo – 1998 Joe Johnson – 2010 Al Horford – 2011

NBA All-Defensive First Team

Dan Roundfield – 1980, 1982, 1983 Wayne Rollins – 1984 Mookie Blaylock – 1994, 1995 Dikembe Mutombo – 1997, 1998

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Bill Bridges – 1969, 1970 Joe Caldwell – 1970 "Fast Eddie" Johnson – 1979, 1980 Dan Roundfield – 1981, 1984 Wayne Rollins – 1983 Mookie Blaylock – 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Dikembe Mutombo – 1999 Josh Smith – 2010 Paul Millsap – 2016

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Zelmo Beaty – 1963 Lou Hudson – 1968 Pete Maravich – 1971 John Brown – 1974 John Drew – 1975 Dominique Wilkins – 1983 Stacey Augmon – 1992 Al Horford – 2008

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Jason Terry – 2000 Josh Childress – 2005 Josh Smith – 2005 Marvin Williams – 2006

NBA All-Star Weekend[edit]

NBA All-Star Game selections

Frankie Brian – 1951 Dike Eddleman – 1951, 1952 Mel Hutchins – 1953 Don Sunderlage – 1954 Frank Selvy – 1955 Bob Pettit – 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 Bob Harrison – 1956 Ed Macauley – 1957 Slater Martin – 1957, 1958, 1959 Cliff Hagan – 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 Clyde Lovellette – 1960, 1961 Lenny Wilkens – 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968 Zelmo Beaty – 1966, 1968 Bill Bridges – 1967, 1968, 1970 Joe Caldwell – 1969, 1970 Lou Hudson – 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 Pete Maravich – 1973, 1974 John Drew – 1976, 1980 Eddie Johnson – 1980, 1981 Dan Roundfield – 1980, 1981, 1982 Dominique Wilkins – 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 Doc Rivers – 1988 Moses Malone – 1989 Kevin Willis – 1992 Mookie Blaylock – 1994 Christian Laettner – 1997 Dikembe Mutombo – 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 Steve Smith – 1998 Shareef Abdur-Rahim – 2002 Joe Johnson – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Al Horford – 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 Paul Millsap – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Kyle Korver – 2015 Jeff Teague – 2015

NBA All-Star Game head coaches

Alex Hannum – 1958 Ed Macauley – 1959, 1960 Paul Seymour – 1961 Richie Guerin – 1969, 1970 Mike Fratello – 1988 Lenny Wilkens – 1994 Mike Budenholzer – 2015

NBA All-Star Game MVP

Bob Pettit – 1956, 1958, 1959, 1962

See also[edit]

Atlanta
Atlanta
portal

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Atlanta
Hawks

Founded in 1946 Formerly the Buffalo Bisons (1946) and the Tri-Cities Blackhawks (1946–1951); played in Milwaukee
Milwaukee
(1951–1955) and St. Louis (1955–1968) Based in Atlanta, Georgia

Franchise

Franchise All-time roster Draft history Seasons Head coaches Current season

Arenas

Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Wharton Field House Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Arena Kiel Auditorium St. Louis
St. Louis
Arena Alexander Memorial Coliseum Omni Coliseum Lakefront Arena Georgia Dome Philips Arena

G League affiliate

Erie BayHawks

NBA Championships (1)

1958

Conference Championships (4)

1957 1958 1960 1961

Retired numbers

9 21 23 44 55 59 Ted Turner
Ted Turner
(Hawks Logo)

Lore

The Human Highlight Film Pistol Pete Phantom Buzzer Game

Media

TV Peachtree TV FS South Fox Sports Southeast Radio 790 The Zone Announcers Bob Rathbun Dominique Wilkins Steve Holman

Personnel

Owner(s) Tony Ressler Grant Hill Sara Blakely Jesse Itzler Steven Price Rick Schnall

Links to related articles

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Tri-Cities Blackhawks– Milwaukee
Milwaukee
/ St. Louis
St. Louis
/ Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks seasons

Franchise Seasons

1950s

1949–50 1950–51 1951–52 1952–53 1953–54 1954–55 1955–56 1956–57 1957–58 1958–59

1960s

1959–60 1960–61 1961–62 1962–63 1963–64 1964–65 1965–66 1966–67 1967–68 1968–69

1970s

1969–70 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76 1976–77 1977–78 1978–79

1980s

1979–80 1980–81 1981–82 1982–83 1983–84 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88 1988–89

1990s

1989–90 1990–91 1991–92 1992–93 1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99

2000s

1999–00 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 2003–04 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09

2010s

2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18

Bold indicates NBA Finals
NBA Finals
victory

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Relocated National Basketball
Basketball
Association teams

Tri-Cities Blackhawks– Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Hawks (1951) Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Hawks– St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks (1955) Fort Wayne Pistons– Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
(1957) Rochester Royals– Cincinnati Royals
Cincinnati Royals
(1957) Minneapolis Lakers– Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
(1960) Philadelphia Warriors–San Francisco Warriors (1962) Chicago Zephyrs–Baltimore Bullets (1963) Syracuse Nationals– Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
(1963) St. Louis
St. Louis
Hawks– Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks (1968) San Diego Rockets– Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
(1971) Cincinnati Royals– Kansas City–Omaha Kings
Kansas City–Omaha Kings
(1972) Baltimore Bullets– Capital Bullets (1973) Kansas City–Omaha Kings– Kansas City Kings
Kansas City Kings
(1975) Buffalo Braves– San Diego Clippers
San Diego Clippers
(1978) New Orleans
New Orleans
Jazz– Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
(1979) San Diego Clippers– Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(1984) Kansas City Kings– Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
(1985) Vancouver Grizzlies– Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
(2001) New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets– New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
(2005) New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets– New Orleans
New Orleans
Hornets (2007) Seattle SuperSonics– Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
(2008)

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National Basketball
Basketball
Association

Eastern Conference

Atlantic

Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets New York Knicks Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors

Central

Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Bucks

Southeast

Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks Charlotte Hornets Miami Heat Orlando Magic Washington Wizards

Western Conference

Northwest

Denver Nuggets Minnesota Timberwolves Oklahoma City Thunder Portland Trail Blazers Utah Jazz

Pacific

Golden State Warriors Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Phoenix Suns Sacramento Kings

Southwest

Dallas Mavericks Houston Rockets Memphis Grizzlies New Orleans
New Orleans
Pelicans San Antonio Spurs

Annual events

Draft

Eligibility

Summer League Christmas Day All-Star Weekend

Game

Global Games

Africa 2015, Africa 2017

Playoffs

List

Finals

Champions

History

Predecessors

BAA NBL ABA

Merger

Criticisms and controversies

2007 Tim Donaghy betting scandal

Lockouts Seasons Records

regular season post-season All-Star Game Win-loss records

Personalities

Players

Current rosters Foreign players Race and ethnicity First overall draft picks Highest paid Retired numbers Banned or suspended NBPA

Head coaches

Current Player-coaches Champions Foreign coaches NBCA

Owners Referees

Awards and honors

Larry O'Brien Trophy NBA Awards

NBA MVP Finals MVP All-Star Game MVP

Hall of Fame

Members

NBA Silver Anniversary Team NBA 35th Anniversary Team 50 Greatest Players

Others

Arenas Business

Collective bargaining agreement Salary cap NBA Store

Culture

Cheerleading Mascots Dress code

G League Midwest Division Media

TV NBA TV

Rivalries Teams

Defunct Expansion Relocated Timeline

WNBA Basketball
Basketball
in the United States

Category Portal 2017–18 season

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Sports teams based in Georgia

Baseball

MLB Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves IL Gwinnett Stripers SAL Rome Braves CPL Savannah Bananas

Basketball

NBA Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks WNBA Atlanta
Atlanta
Dream NBA G League College Park (beginning in 2019–20) ECBL Fort Gordon Eagles Savannah Storm

Football

NFL Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons NAL Columbus Lions WFA Atlanta
Atlanta
Phoenix LFL Atlanta
Atlanta
Steam EIF Southern Steam AAL Atlanta
Atlanta
Havoc Georgia Doom

Hockey

ECHL Atlanta
Atlanta
Gladiators SPHL Macon Mayhem

Lacrosse

MLL Atlanta
Atlanta
Blaze NLL Georgia Swarm

Roller derby

WFTDA Atlanta
Atlanta
Rollergirls Classic City Rollergirls Soul City Sirens

Rugby league

USARL Atlanta
Atlanta
Rhinos

Rugby union

RSL Life University GRU Savannah Shamrocks RFC

Soccer

MLS Atlanta
Atlanta
United FC USL Atlanta
Atlanta
United 2 NPSL Atlanta
Atlanta
Silverbacks Georgia Revolution PDL Peachtree City MOBA Tormenta FC

Ultimate

AUDL Atlanta
Atlanta
Hustle

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Sports teams based in or near Atlanta, Georgia

Baseball

MLB Atlanta
Atlanta
Braves IL Gwinnett Stripers

Basketball

NBA Atlanta
Atlanta
Hawks WNBA Atlanta
Atlanta
Dream G League College Park (beginning in 2019–20) ABA Atlanta
Atlanta
Aliens Atlanta
Atlanta
Experience Atlanta
Atlanta
Wildcats East Point Jaguars Georgia Gwizzlies WBA Marietta Storm

Football

NFL Atlanta
Atlanta
Falcons WFA Atlanta
Atlanta
Phoenix USWFL Atlanta
Atlanta
Heartbreakers LFL Atlanta
Atlanta
Steam

Hockey

ECHL Atlanta
Atlanta
Gladiators NA3HL Atlanta
Atlanta
Capitals

Lacrosse

MLL Atlanta
Atlanta
Blaze NLL Georgia Swarm

Roller derby

WFTDA Atlanta
Atlanta
Rollergirls

Rugby league

USA Rugby League Atlanta
Atlanta
Rhinos

Rugby union

RSL Life University

Soccer

MLS Atlanta
Atlanta
United FC USL Atlanta
Atlanta
United 2 NPSL Atlanta
Atlanta
Silverbacks Georgia Revolution PDL Peachtree City MOBA

Ultimate

AUDL Atlanta
Atlanta
Hustle

College athletics (NCAA Division I)

Georgia Tech Georgia State Kennesaw State

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City of Atlanta

Fulton County Atlanta
Atlanta
metropolitan area Georgia United States

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