Assembling the Atlanta Hawks’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Assembling the Atlanta Hawks' All-Time Starting 5

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Historically, the Atlanta Hawks have been filled with some of the game's greatest players, like Bob Pettit, Pete Maravich and Dominique Wilkins, but the franchise has only won a single NBA title. Despite not getting much support from their hometown fans, the Hawks have still found ways to contend for the postseason year in and year out. Here's the franchise's all-time starting lineup.

PG: Lenny Wilkens

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PG: Lenny Wilkens

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Wilkens spent the first half of his Hall-of-Fame career with the St. Louis Hawks after being drafted No. 6 overall in 1960. In his eight years with the Hawks (1960-68), Wilkens was named to five All-Star teams and finished second in the 1967-68 MVP voting behind Wilt Chamberlain.

SG: Pete Maravich

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SG: Pete Maravich

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After an unbelievable college career at LSU, “Pistol” Pete Maravich didn’t miss a beat in his first four NBA seasons in Atlanta. While he played on some mediocre Hawks teams, Maravich put up some outstanding numbers, particularly in his third and fourth seasons. He averaged 26 PPG in 1972-73 and 27.7 PPG in 1973-74, his first two All-Star seasons.

SF: Dominique Wilkins

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SF: Dominique Wilkins

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Arguably the greatest player in franchise history, Dominique Wilkins is one of the most versatile and entertaining scorers in NBA history, and one of the best dunkers we’ve ever seen. Despite never getting past the second round of the playoffs, Wilkins made nine All-Star appearances, was a four-time All-NBA 2nd Team selection and had five seasons with 29 or more PPG.

PF: Bob Pettit

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PF: Bob Pettit

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Another easy call here, this time at power forward. No one other than Dominique Wilkins is as synonymous with the Hawks’ franchise as Bob Pettit. Not only did Pettit lead the Hawks to four Finals trips and the franchise’s only championship in 1958, he scored 50 points in Game 6 of the 1958 title-clinching game against Bill Russell’s Celtics, which was a postseason record at the time.

C: Dikembe Mutombo

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C: Dikembe Mutombo

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Before jumping to the Hawks in the 1996-97 season, Dikembe Mutombo led the Denver Nuggets to two postseason appearances in five seasons, including the NBA's first No. 8 seed upset of a No. 1 seed in the playoffs in 1993-94. With the Hawks, Mutombo was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year Award winner and led the Hawks to three postseason berths in four full seasons before being traded to Philadelphia.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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