The Atlanta Hawks franchise dates to 1946 when they played in the National Basketball League as the Buffalo Bisons. The organization underwent a series of name changes and relocations through the years being known as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, Milwaukee Hawks, and the St. Louis Hawks before becoming the Atlanta Hawks in 1968. Currently, the team plays in the Eastern Conference and are members of the Southeast Division. They reached a high point in their history when they won the 1958 NBA Championship when they were still known as the St. Louis Hawks.
This franchise did not find much success on the court until the 1955-1956 NBA season, their first season as the St. Louis Hawks. While in Milwaukee they did manage to draft future Hall of Famer Bob Pettit who would become one of the best players of his generation and in 1956 they even drafted Bill Russell with the second overall pick but traded him immediately to the Boston Celtics, a move that they would regret in the future. During the 1955-1956 season they qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and the next season they followed that up with another playoff appearance. In 1957 they advanced to the NBA Finals but lost to the Celtics in seven games. Over the course of the 1957-1958 season they won 41 games and had their first winning record in franchise history. They capped off that season with a NBA Championship victory over the Celtics in six games, this NBA title is still the only one in the Hawks’ history. The Hawks remained one of the best teams in the league over the next few seasons losing in the NBA Finals in 1960 and 1961. In 1968 the team relocated to Atlanta and at the 1970 NBA Draft they selected Pete Maravich third overall. This Hall of Fame shooting guard played for them from 1970-1974, being named an All-Star, to the All-Rookie First-Team, and to the All-NBA Second-Team during his time there. Another future Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins was acquired by the franchise in 1982 and he played for the organization until being traded away in 1994. Wilkins is one of the most talented players in NBA history, being selected to multiple All-Star Teams, the All-Rookie First-Team, and to the All-NBA First-Team over the course of his decorated career. The team has failed to produce any championship or conference titles in the postseason but they have remained consistently competitive over the decades. During the 2014-2015 NBA season the team set a franchise record for wins with 60 victories thanks to All-Stars Al Horford, Jeff Teague, and Paul Millsap.
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