The 5 Greatest Atlanta Hawks to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game

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The 5 Greatest Atlanta Hawks to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game

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Since its inception, the Atlanta Hawks as a franchise have achieved 85 NBA All-Star Game selections with the most recent being Paul Millsap. Millsap will be participating in his first ever All-Star game. Several Hawks players have made the All-Star game in their first season as a Hawk.

The Hawks have really one name to claim among the greatest ever to play the game. That name would be the "Human Highlight Reel" Dominique Wilkins.

The now Hawks play-by-play broadcaster was a nine-time All-Star with the Hawks. Nique was one of the best and he is still greatly loved be all fans of the Hawks, young and old.

Back in the day Bob Petit, Cliff Hagan, and Clyde Lovellette dominated the All-Star Ballot for the Hawks. In the first ever NBA All-Star Game the duo of Frankie Brian, and Dike Eddleman were selected to represent the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.

The Hawks are never really a extra gifted team with a lot of talent, but it seems like year in and year out somehow they find a way to get one of their very own in the All-Star Game. The coveted game is a great accomplishment for anyone that plays in the NBA.

The NBA All-Star label stays with you forever. Most of the time you're introduced as a NBA All-Star years after you've been selected. The following slides consist of the greatest players in Atlanta Hawks' history to ever be selected for the All-Star Game.

Dalton Keene is an Atlanta Hawks writer for RantSports.com, you can follow him on twitter @daltonjkeene and add him to your circles on Google.
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5. Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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Dikembe Mutombo was one of the greatest shot blockers to ever play the game. He was selected to four NBA All-Star Games as a member of the Atlanta Hawks. The first instance was in 1997 and the last was in 2000.

Mutombo was selected to an All-Star game in every season that he spent in Atlanta. During his first season in Atlanta, he played in 80 games and averaged an outrageous 3.3 blocks per game. In his final season in Atlanta he averaged 2.8 blocks in 49 games before winding up in Philadelphia to end the season.

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4. Bob Petit

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Bob Petit is a name that most should have heard of by now.

Petit was selected to 11 consecutive All-Star games: the first one being 1955 and the last being all the way in 1965. An interesting thing about Petit is that those selections spanned over his entire career.

His career was shorter than the average career in modern age NBA. Petit appeared in 892 games and scored 20,880 points. If Petit played now, he would be such a dominant force in the NBA.

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3. Lou Hudson

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The third guy on the list would be Lou Hudson. Lou Hudson is a name that fits well with stock car racing. Lou Hudson the basketball player was selected to six-straight All-Star games: The first one was in 1969 and the last one was in 1974.

In 1972 Hudson was the Hawks' lone representative in the NBA All-Star Game before the character known as Pistol Pete took to form.

Hudson had a career that spanned from 1966 to 1979. He played for two teams, the Hawks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Sweet Lou was also a part of the move by the franchise from St. Louis to Atlanta.

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2. Pete Maravich

Pistol Pete
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You may have heard the nickname Pistol Pete once, twice, or maybe even three times in your life. That name was given to Pete Maravich. Maravich appeared in two All-Star games for the Hawks. Those selections were the 1973 NBA All-Star Game and the 1974 NBA All-Star Game.

Pistol Pete had a career of 11 seasons where he played for four teams: the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz (Utah Jazz), and the Boston Celtics. His career totals of 3,563 assists along with 15,948 points make him one of the greatest Atlanta Hawks to ever play in a NBA All-Star Game.

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1. Dominique Wilkins

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You guessed it -- well, if you were giving it a try at guessing it. The greatest Atlanta Hawk ever to play in the NBA All-Star Game is without a doubt Dominique Wilkins. The Human Highlight Reel lit up the NBA for several years. His All-Star selections began in 1986 and his last came in 1994 where he was selected along with the well respected Mookie Blaylock.

Nique played a total of 16 seasons in the NBA. Twelve of those came with the Atlanta Hawks and one season each with the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and the Orlando Magic.

Nique is still the franchise all-time leading scorer with a total of 26,668 points. His scoring ability along with his highlight-reel-worthy dunks made him one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball.

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