Rasheed and the Hawks

January, 8, 2010
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AP Photo/Bill KostrounRasheed Wallace scored 20 points in his only game with the Hawks.
Rasheed Wallace boasts one of the more unique accolades in NBA history: He is the only player to score at least 20 points in his only game with a particular team.

Wallace accomplished that feat with the Atlanta Hawks, dropping 20 points (on 8 of 24 shooting) in his only appearance with the team in a game against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 18, 2004.

If you have Wallace's No. 36 Hawks jersey (pictured right) consider it a special collector's item. No other player has scored more than 12 points under those circumstances, according to ESPN researcher Pete Newmann.

With Wallace returning to the Atlanta Friday night with the Boston Celtics, it seemed like a good time to recall the cup of coffee he had with the Hawks. But it's also interesting to bring it up considering the Celtics were involved in the three-way deal that shipped Wallace to Detroit, where he helped the Pistons win a world title that year. Here's how it all unfolded:

On Feb. 9, 2004, the Trail Blazers traded Wallace and Wesley Person to the Hawks for Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Dan Dickau, and Theo Ratliff (ironically, Dickau and Ratliff came to Boston 28 months later as part of the Raef LaFrentz trade).

Ten days later, the Hawks shipped Wallace to Detroit in a three-way swap that brought Chris Mills, Zeljko Rebraca, Bob Sura, and one of Detroit's 2004 first-round draft pick to Atlanta, while the Celtics landed Chucky Atkins, Lindsey Hunter, and Detroit's other 2004 first-round draft pick.

Those picks turned out to be Atlanta's Josh Smith (17th overall) and Boston's Tony Allen (25th overall).

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com



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