Since 1976, the Atlanta Hawks have had little success in finding great players through free agency.
The summer of 2013, however, has shown promise with Atlanta’s free-agent acquisition of Paul Millsap and the retention of restricted free-agent guard Jeff Teague. However, the fruit of these signings cannot be measured until Millsap and Teague have had the opportunity to play in Hawks' jerseys.
In the meantime, a brief history lesson. In 1970, Hall of Famer and then-NBA Players Association president Oscar Robertson filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA. The suit was settled in 1976, paving the way for players to pursue new teams as free agents.
Here are the five best players to sign as free agents with the Atlanta Hawks since 1976 based on their quality of play, career accolades and contributions to the team.