The Hawks' Top Five All-Time Draft Picks

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The Hawks' Top Five All-Time Draft Picks

An NBA Champion, “The Human Highlight Film,” “Sweet Lou,” “The Jet,” and the “Plastic Man”.

Three out of the five draft picks have their numbers retired with the Hawks.

The two who do not share a retired jersey with the other three did not play the majority of their career with the Hawks.

However, if they had stayed in Atlanta, they would no doubt belong next to the jerseys of Bob Pettit, Lou Hudson, and Dominique Wilkins.

No. 9 gave them their only championship. He also gave them a dominant force during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

No. 21 had a style that was all his own. His flying through the air lasted for 12 years in Atlanta. He led the Hawks to four straight 50-win seasons, challenged Michael Jordan in slam dunk contests, and went toe-to-toe with Larry Bird.

No. 23 ushered in the beginning of the Hawks Era in the city of Atlanta, and with Pete Maravich, became the second teammates to total 2,000 points in a season.

The No. 4 and No. 5 all-time Hawk draft picks are unlike the first three because they only played a few seasons with the franchise. But, just like the other three, their impact on the team after the draft was just as big.

Stacey Augmon was a defensive nightmare for his opponents; sort of like today's Bruce Bowen, but more likable. He usually was a league leader in steals and only trailed Mookie Blaylock in leading the team in steals. In his rookie season, he started all 82 games and scored the league's six-millionth point.

Jason Terry, rounding out the top five, became an Atlanta Hawk in the 1999 draft. He became the first Hawk since Augmon to be named to the first or second All-Rookie Team. In just his fourth season with the Hawks, he tied one franchise milestone and passed Hawk legend Dominique Wilkins in another.

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