Top 10 Atlanta Hawks of All-Time: Number 4

Posted on Jul 19 2015 - 12:34pm by Chase Irle

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Pete Maravich comes in at number 4. Maravich was a spectacle to watch at Louisianna State University. He still holds the record for most points in NCAA Division I history with 3,667. He averaged an unbelievable 44.2 point per game. The Hawks took Maravich with the 3rd overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. He was a 6 foot 5 inch shooting guard that knew how to score the basketball, but was also known for his flashy skill set. He had a tremendous talent for eluding defenders to create space with his dribbling and his passing. He made the All-NBA rookie team averaging 23.1 points and 4.4 assists. In his 4th season he took his game to the next level, making his first all-star team averaging 26.1 points, 4.9 assists and 4.6 rebounds. However, this would be the last season Maravich played with the Hawks. The New Orleans Jazz came into the league in 1974 as an expansion team. With Maravich having ties to Louisianna, the Jazz felt he had to be acquired in order to bring excitement to the organization. The Jazz traded 2 players and 4 draft picks to the Hawks for the rights to Maravich. He went on to make 4 more all-stare games, but injuries ended his bright career early in 1980, and he was forced into retirement. Even though Maravich did not spend a whole lot of time as a member of the Hawks, he is one of the most remembered and talented players in franchise history and deserves a high spot on this list.

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