Flashback: The Atlanta Hawks' golden age

July, 3, 2012
They're not quite there, but they could be: After trading Joe Johnson and setting up for a run at Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, the Atlanta Hawks might become more than just a decent team for the first time in almost three decades.

So let's flash back to the Hawks' golden age, back in 1986-87, when they set a franchise record for wins (57, which still stands, although it was matched in 1993-94). Although the Hawks lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals (the team in Atlanta has never made it further), they featured more than a few faces who remain familiar to this day.


F Dominique Wilkins
Dominique Wilkins Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesHe was more than just a Highlight Film; Wilkins averaged 29.0 points in 86-87, second in the NBA.

F Kevin Willis
Kevin McHale & Kevin WillisGetty ImagesWillis, seen here against Kevin McHale in 1988, averaged 16.1 ppg and 10.5 rpg in 86-87.

C Tree Rollins
Tree RollinsDick Raphael/Getty ImagesRollins, seen here earlier in the decade, was the classic big body/small stats center.

G Randy Wittman
Randy Wittman Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty ImagesThen a starting 2-guard, Wittman now coaches in the NBA (Wizards). Like another guy in this pic ...

G Doc Rivers
Glenn 'Doc' Rivers Andrew D. Bernstein/ NBAE/ Getty Images... that's right, Doc Rivers, another (quite successful) now-NBA coach. What team is his again?

Notable reserve: Spud Webb
Spud WebbAndrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty ImagesWebb only played 33 games that year (zero starts), but was already a tiny slam dunk champion.

Head coach: Mike Fratello
Mike FratelloBrian Drake/NBAE/Getty ImagesBefore he became Czar of the Telestrator, Fratello was just czar. Short czar, but a czar nonetheless.
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).



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