The 2016-17 season was the Atlanta Hawks’ 67th in the NBA. They made it to the playoffs where they met the Washington Wizards in the First Round. They were eliminated in a 6-game road win by the Wizards. The Hawks finished the season with a 43-49 record and secured fifth in the Conference and second in their Division.
The Hawks are locked and loaded and poised to put the NBA on notice this upcoming season. With high energy and toughness on both sides of the ball, the Hawks are looking to bring home an NBA championship. Division rivals the Washington Wizards and the Miami Heat will strive to spoil the Hawks plans. The Atlanta Hawks schedule is out, it's time to see your favorite team dominate the court!
Grab some great Hawks tickets, some friends, and go cheer on your favorite team in a wild NBA championship chase.
Standout Moments in Atlanta Hawks History
The Atlanta Hawks may not have a list of championships to their name, but they’ve certainly produced a number of entertaining and memorable moments in their history. Below are a few of them.
The Perfect Month - After the 2014-15 NBA season, January is considered the month of the Hawks. On January 31, 2015, at the Philips Arena, Atlanta Hawks beat Trail Blazers in front of a crowd of 19,006 and became the first NBA team to go undefeated in 17 games in a calendar month.
Before this spectacular winning streak, it was believed that a team that could put forth such a consistent performance would be from the top tier. Hawks weren’t considered a top tier side at the time but their 17-0 run certainly changed the way they were perceived. Owing to this historic run, all Atlanta Hawks starters namely Jeff Teague, DeMarre Carroll, Al-Horford, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver were named co-players of the month.
The Hawks finished the season with a 60-22 record and ended up as the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Bird vs. Wilkins Game 7 of the 1988 NBA Playoffs – The legendary Game 7 duel between Atlanta Hawks’ Dominique Wilkins and Boston Celtics’ Larry Bird on May, 22, 1988, at the Omni Coliseum is considered to be one of the greatest showdowns in the history of the NBA. Dominique dominated the game in the first three quarters, scoring 33 points to Bird’s 14. Then in the fourth quarter, Bird bounced back in spectacular fashion and went on to score 20 points which helped the Celtics win the game.
Nevertheless, (although the Atlanta Hawks lost that game and the series) Dominique scored 47 points on an impressive 19 of 33 shooting, which is regarded as among the greatest performances in the history of the franchise.
Atlanta Hawks Arch Rivals
Atlanta Hawks are known to be an unpredictable side. Over the years, they have established rivalries with a number of teams. Below are a few worth mentioning.
Boston Celtics - The Hawks-Celtics rivalry in the Eastern Conference has lasted for more than half a century. In their regular season league history, the two teams have clashed a total of 368 times. Out of these, the Celtics have won 226 games while the Hawks have won 142.
Although the Celtics lead in terms of wins, the rivalry between the two sides has been an intense one. The epic Game 7 duel between Dominique Wilkins (also known as the Human Highlight Reel) and Larry Bird stands out in this regard. The Hawks-Celtics long-time rivalry was further fueled when Hawks’ All-Star Center Al Horford joined the Boston Celtics in 2016.
Orlando Magic - Southeast Division rivals Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic share a strong rivalry. They have faced off in regular season games a total of 108 times. Out of these, the Hawks have won 56 while Magic have 52 wins to their credit. The all-time playoff head to head record boasts of 10 wins for Orlando Magic and 5 for the Hawks.
The Hawks-Magic rivalry can be largely credited to the playoff meetings and the rise of Josh Smith (who played for the Hawks ) and Dwight Howard (who played for Orlando Magic). Both players were raised in Georgia and began careers with their respective teams following the 2004 NBA draft.
The Hawks and Magic met twice in the 2010 and 2011 NBA playoffs. While Orlando Magic eliminated the Hawks in the second round of the 2010 playoffs, Atlanta beat Orlando 4-2 in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.
Greatest Players in Atlanta Hawks History
Atlanta Hawks have produced some of the greatest players. Mentioned below are a few of them.
Bob Petit - Bob Petit spent his entire NBA career (11 seasons) with the Atlanta Hawks. He was the first recipient of the prestigious MVP Award of the NBA. Petit went on to bag the NBA All-Star game MVP award a total of four times. This is an achievement only matched by Kobe Bryant.
Petit posted a career scoring average of 26.4 points per game, which is the seventh highest career average in the history of the league. He led the Hawks to their memorable 1958 championship.
In 1970, Bob Petit received induction into the esteemed Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Dominique Wilkins - Dominique Wilkins is regarded by many as the finest all-time Hawk player. Owing to his exceptional athletic abilities, he was nicknamed the Human Highlight Film.
As a Hawk, Dominique averaged 26.4 points per game in a span of twelve years. In his highest scoring season (1986), he averaged 30.3 points per game and led the league as the top scorer.
A nine-time NBA All-Star and one of the best dunkers in the league, Dominique Wilkins is the greatest scorer in the history of the Atlanta Hawks.
The Philips Arena
The Phillips Arena is one of the most fan-friendly venues in the NBA. Philips Arena arranges club seats and luxury boxes aligned solely along one side of the playing surface, and the general admission seating along the other three sides, so every Hawks ticket can place the fans as close to the playing surface as possible. Fans can also enjoy visiting the CNN studios and the Georgia Aquarium, which stand adjacent to the stadium, before Hawks contests.
Atlanta Hawks Live Games
The schedule for the Atlanta Hawks’ preseason and regular season games has been announced. Atlanta Hawks tickets can be purchased up until the day of the game, you do not want to miss out on any of their action-packed games this season!
Atlanta Hawks’ general manager and Head of Basketball Operations Travis Schlenk has announced the signing of point guard Quinn Cook. Cook was the All-Star Game MVP last season. Whether he proves beneficial for the Hawks or not, it will be an exciting season for the Hawks fans
So buy your Atlanta Hawks game tickets and catch your favorite players in action against rivals such as the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls.