The Atlanta Hawks have a rich history with the NBA and the NBL. In 1946, as a member of the National Basketball League, the franchise began. However, at this point in time they were known as the Buffalo Bisons. This name only lasted a short while; it was changed to the Tri-Cities Blackhawks within their first season. The franchise has continued with the ornithological naming scheme ever since. In 1951 they became the Milwaukee Hawks. In 1955 they moved to St. Louis. It seems that the Hawks attempted to emulate their mascot with such frequent migrations, and they found their home in 1968 when they were relocated to Atlanta.
The Hawks thrived between 1985 and 1989, with 50 wins or more per season. However, the Eastern Conference Playoffs seemed to be a barrier they could not overcome. Some notable Hawks players are Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Steve Smith, and for one game, Rasheed Wallace.
Quote: “We’ve made our case on the floor… We haven’t been able to hype our way into anything. So anything we’ve earned, wins, respect or whatever else, has come the hard way. We worked for it.” -Josh Smith
The Hawks traded Acie Law IV and Speedy Claxton to the Warriors for Jamal Crawford. They also re-signed Mike Bibby and Zaza Pachulia. Finally, they agreed to a one year contract with Joe Smith. This year appears to have the potential to top last year’s 47-35 season, possibly allowing for a shot at the finals.