Atlanta Hawks: 20 finest players of all-time
Here’s an appearance at the top 20 players to ever bet the Atlanta Hawks.
Entering into the 2020-21 season, the Atlanta Hawks will look to make it back into the NBA Playoffs for the very first time in 3 years with an upgraded roster and an expectation to win now. With new people like Rajon Rondo and Danilo Gallinari in Hawks uniforms this year, we got to thinking about who the finest gamers to ever bet the franchise have been.
That thinking led to this, a list of the top 20 gamers in Atlanta Hawks group history. Given that transferring to Atlanta in 1968, the Hawks have actually had some legends fit up to play in the Highlight Factory.
Before you dive headfirst into this list however, keep a couple of things in mind.
Now that we’ve got our guidelines, let’s start.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted Georgia-native and McDonald’s All-American Josh Smith 17th general in 2004 out of Oak Hill Academy, most kept in mind for its production Carmelo Anthony the year prior to. Smith signed up with a lineup that included Tyronn Lue, Boris Diaw, and Antoine Walker. He had a better NBA profession than Josh Childress, who was taken above Smith at number six in the exact same draft.
The “J-Smoove and J-Chill” era in Atlanta Hawks history was amusing, to say the least. Smith made the 2nd NBA All-Rookie Team for the 2004-2005 season.
During his nine seasons in Atlanta, Smith was understood for his electrifying dunks and showcased his capability to the basketball world winning the Slam Dunk Contest in 2005. His extraordinary defensive timing landed him top-20 in the league 11 out of his 15 years in the NBA. Smith made the 2nd NBA All-Defensive Team in 2010 after averaging 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 2.1 blocks per video game on the season.
After leaving Atlanta as a complimentary representative in 2013, Josh Smith played for the Pistons, Firecrackers, and Clippers before ending his profession with the Pelicans in 2018. Smith averaged 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.2 helps, 1.3 steals, and 2.1 blocks per video game in his 9 years in an Atlanta Hawks jersey, for one of the most well-rounded stat lines you’ll see on this list.