Atlanta Hawks
Dikembe Mutombo
Atlanta Hawks
Dominique Wilkens
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ATLANTA HAWKS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER
G LENNY WILKENS 6-1 1968 30 20.0 5.3 8.3 19.9
Comment: Before he became a Hall of Fame coach, he was a Hall of Fame point guard during the franchise's St. Louis days
G LOU HUDSON 6-5 1973 28 27.1 6.2 3.4 19.0
Comment: Sweet Lou was six-time All-Star who could flat-out shoot the rock; fourth in scoring in '73
G STEVE SMITH 6-7 1998 28 20.1 4.2 4.0 18.8
Comment: Did a little bit of everything; hard to believe, but this was Smith's only All-Star appearance
F/G JOHN DREW 6-6 1978 23 23.2 7.3 2.0 23.7
Comment: This guy was once a great player: 6th in NBA in PER in '78; later traded to Utah for Dominique and then banned from NBA for drugs
F/G CLIFF HAGAN 6-4 1960 28 24.8 10.7 4.0 22.1
Comment: Another Hall of Famer from franchise's St. Louis days, was 5th in scoring in '60
F DOMINIQUE WILKINS 6-7 1986 26 30.3 7.9 2.6 23.3
Comment: Few players were ever as fun to watch as the Human Highlight Film; led NBA in scoring in '86, was 2nd three other times
F KEVIN WILLIS 7-0 1992 29 18.3 15.5 2.1 19.7
Comment: Check out the rebounds per game: was terrific offensive rebounder and made All-Star team as well in '92
F/C BOB PETTIT 6-9 1963 30 28.4 15.1 3.1 24.9
Comment: One of the game's all-time greats: 1st-team All-NBA in 10 of his 11 seasons
C DIKEMBE MUTOMBO 7-2 1998 31 13.4 11.4 1.0 19.8
Comment: One of the NBA's all-time great defenders: stay away from the elbows! Defensive player of year in '98 for Hawks
C WALT BELLAMY 6-11 1972 32 18.6 12.8 3.2 19.0
Comment: Hall of Famer moved around in his career, but was still effective at age 32

SCOUTING REPORT: The most underrated team in the bracket? This is a star-studded team with two of the league's all-time great scorers in Dominique and Pettit. And the Hawks are one of the few teams who match up well with the Celtics' size with Mutombo, Willis, Pettit and Bellamy. Lenny offers great leadership at the point and Hudson and Drew offer backcourt scoring. Key battle may end up being Bird vs. Dominique, just like the old days.