Atlanta Hawks Career Point Scoring Leaders

The Atlanta Hawks have been an NBA franchise since 1949, but began play as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks then.  They became the Milwaukee Hawks in 1951, the St. Louis Hawks in 1955 and finally moved to Atlanta in 1968.  The franchise has only one championship, in 1958 while in St. Louis, so they’ve been pretty much a hard luck team for many years.  But the Hawks have put some talented players on the court, and what follows is a short list of their all-time leading scorers:

Dominique Wilkins (23,292)—Forward/guard Dominique Wilkins was probably the greatest player ever to wear a Hawks’ uniform, and he played in Atlanta from 1982 to 1994.  Wilkins ranks first in team history with 23,292 total points, and he scored over 2000 points for the Hawks eight times.  Wilkins’ best season was 1987-88, when he scored a career best 2397 points (31 per game).

Bob Pettit (20,880)—Forward/center Bob Pettit played for the Milwaukee Hawks in 1954-55 and then moved with the team to St. Louis, where he played on the championship team in 1958 and for the rest of his career until retiring in 1965.  Pettit ranks second in franchise history with 20,880 points, and he scored over 2000 points five times.  Pettit also led the NBA in scoring twice, in 1958-59 (2105 points) and 1955-56 (1849).  His best season was 1961-62, when Pettit scored a career high 2429 points (31 points per game).

Lou Hudson (16,049)—Forward/guard Lou Hudson began his career with the St. Louis Hawks in 1966 and moved with the franchise to Atlanta, where he played until 1977.  Hudson ranks third in Hawks’ history with 16,049 points, and he racked up over 2000 points three times with the team.  Hudson’s best season was 1970-71, when he had a career best 2039 points (27 per game).

Cliff Hagan (13,447)—Forward/guard Cliff Hagan played for the Hawks from 1956 to 1966, so all in St. Louis.  Hagan ranks fourth in the team’s history with 13,447 points, and his best season was 1959-60, when he scored a career high 1859 points (25 points per game). 

John Drew (12,621)—Forward/guard John Drew played in Atlanta most of his career, from 1974 to 1982, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 12,621 total points.  Drew had his best season in 1978-79, with a career best 1795 points (23 per game). 

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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

He didn't last long with the Hawks, but they also had Pete Maravich before he was sent to the then-New Orleans Jazz. Maravich was amazing with the ball, and a great scorer when healthy.

Also, in 1972, Julius Erving tried to jump to the NBA and signed with the Atlanta Hawks, where he played two exhibition games. The ABA blocked the move and forced Erving to play another year in Virginia. It should be noted that the Milwaukee Bucks had his rights, anyway, and Dr. J would never have been allowed to play for the Hawks. It would be fun to think of Erving on a team with Pete Maravich and Lou Hudson, though.

Nice post, I am a huge fan of NBA history. Thanks for sharing.

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