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Top 10 Atlanta Hawks of All-Time: Number 7

Coming in at number 7 on our list is Mookie Blaylock. Mookie played for Atlanta from 1992-1999, and was one of the best defensive Point Gurds to play the game. Over his time with the Hawks, Blaylock was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team once and the All-Defensive Second Team four times. He was also the NBA steals leader in 1997 and 1998. However, he wasn’t just a defensive-minded player. Sure, Mookie didn’t take the league by storm with his offensive game, but he was a great 3-point shooter. His game may have flourished more in today’s NBA. He is the Hawks’ franchise leader in 3-point attempts and makes as well as steals. He is 11th All-Time in steals, and made the All-Star team in 1994. Unfortunately, things haven’t been as fruitful for Blaylock since his retirement. He got in a head-on collision in 2013, which forced Blaylock to go on life support and caused the death of a passenger in the other vehicle. The crash was caused by a seizure that resulted from alcohol withdrawals. Blaylock pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, And was ordered to spend the next seven years behind bars. Blaylock has a history of having trouble behind the wheel… he has had 7 DUI arrests since 1995. He was a great player on the court, but it’s a shame to see a player who could use his platform to be a role model struggle with substance abuse. We hope Mookie can turn his life around.

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