Atlanta Hawks



Atlanta Hawks Betting Stats

The Atlanta Hawks are one of the oldest NBA franchises with roots in the National Basketball League (NBL). Throughout its history, star players like Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins have led the Atlanta Hawks’ team stats. As of 2022, the Hawks are in their second-longest NBA Championship drought.

But despite the drought, the Hawks have consistently produced competitive teams. Most recently, the Hawks are a playoff contender and are a good bet on the NBA odds board. Young stars like Trae Young have made the Hawks a formidable franchise again.

General Information

Conference & Division

  • Founded: 1946
  • Conference: Eastern
  • Division: Southeast

City: Atlanta, Georgia

Stadium: State Farm Arena

Championships & Titles


  • NBA Championship
  • 12 Division Titles

Atlanta Hawks All-Time Records

Most points all-time:

  • Dominique Wilkins, 23,292

Most rebounds all-time:

  • Bob Pettit, 12,849

Most assists all-time:

  • Doc Rivers, 3,866

Most steals all-time:

  • Mookie Blaylock, 1,321

Most blocks all-time:

  • Tree Rollins, 2,283

Most wins all-time (coach):

  • Mike Fratello, 324

Atlanta Hawks Stats & Team History

The franchise began as the Buffalo Braves in 1946. They lasted just one season in the city and were relocated to Moline and became the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. In 1949, this franchise became one of the NBA’s 17 founding teams after merging with the NBL. The team moved again, this time to Milwaukee in 1951.

In 1954, the team drafted Pettit, who would go on to win the Rookie of the Year Award along with MVP the following season. Again, the team relocated to St. Louis, and in 1958, they captured the NBA Championship. With Pettit, the Hawks were a perennial powerhouse. And after he retired, the team stayed competitive.

Finally, the Hawks relocated for the final time to Atlanta in 1968. The team had mixed results, since Ted Turner bought the team in 1977. In 1982, the team acquired Wilkins who would go on to lead the Hawks’ team stats. His exciting style of play made the Hawks a popular team, with consecutive 50+ win seasons and having consistently made the semifinals.

The team’s success continued into the 1990s, even after Wilkins’ departure. Atlanta acquired many stars including Dikembe Mutombo, who became a two-time Defensive Player of the Year for the team. But again, the team could not make it past the semifinals.

By the early 2000s, Mutombo and most of the Hawks’ stars left. The franchise became a moribund team and consistently finished in the bottom five of the NBA. Finally, in 2008, the Hawks returned to the NBA playoffs. The team had stockpiled many young stars led by Al Horford and Joe Johnson.

Atlanta became a competitive team again, and consistently made the postseason, albeit not being able to get past the semifinals again. The team traded Johnson in 2012 but continued to ascend with Mike Budenholzer as the new coach in 2013.

During the 2014-15 season, the Hawks set a franchise record with 60 wins. The team also reached the Conference Finals for the first time since relocating to the city, only to be swept by the LeBron James Cavaliers.

By 2016, the Hawks began to tear down the team and fell to the bottom in the 2017-18 season. This allowed the team to acquire Trae Young. He led the Hawks back to the playoffs and the Conference Finals in 2021, where they lost to the eventual champions, the Bucks.

Now, with newly acquired star Dejounte Murray, the Hawks have one of the most promising young teams in the league. An end to the championship drought is not such an outlandish idea.

Atlanta Hawks FAQs

Why Is Atlanta Called the Hawks?

Atlanta’s “Hawks” name comes from one of their earlier names: the “Blackhawks.” This was inspired by the Sauk Indian Chief, Black Hawk.

When Did Atlanta Become the Hawks?

Atlanta became the Hawks when the franchise relocated to Milwaukee in 1951. The team kept the name in St. Louis and in Atlanta.

What Is the Atlanta Hawks' Motto?

The Hawks’ slogan is “True to Atlanta.” It has also been used as their hashtag on social media.
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