While it’s been 50 years since their last Finals appearance and it’s now been 53 years since Bob Pettit led the Hawks to their lone NBA title, the Hawks are another team that has completed the NBA “bucket list”:
Multiple Finals trips? Check.
An NBA title? Check.
Hall-of-Famers? Eleven members of the Hall have suited up for the Hawks, four of whom (Bob Pettit, Lenny Wilkens, Cliff Hagan and Dominique Wilkins) built most or all of their respective resumes with the franchise. Dikembe Mutombo may follow.
Spectacular superstars? How’s Pistol Pete and the Human Highlight Film?
Memorable moments? Sadly, not many coinciding with team success, but Wilkins’ playoff duel against Bird, as well as his and Spud Webb’s performances in the Slam Dunk Contest are etched in fans’ minds.
Sounds great, right? Well, almost. For all that the Hawks’ franchise has achieved in its 61-year history, for most fans in Atlanta, virtually none of the success took place a) in their city or b) in their lifetime.
All the same, this is a franchise that is no stranger to immensely talented players.