Top 5 Point Guards in Atlanta Hawks Franchise’s History
5. Jason Terry
Jason Terry was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1999 NBA draft with the 10th overall pick. In the 2000-01 season, Terry emerged as the team’s best player, averaging 19.7 points and leading the club in steals, assists and free throws made. When people think of Jason Terry nowadays they almost never think about his days with Atlanta, which is rather interesting to me because his best individual success absolutely came during his time with the Hawks. A five year average of 16.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists is pretty damn good and not to be overlooked. He ended up playing a total of 3,089 minutes and would later be traded to the Mavericks just prior to the start of the 2004-05 season. That’s when he became to player we all know today.
4. Jeff Teague
It seemed for a while that Jeff Teague was nothing more than an overrated, overhyped point guard out of Wake Forest University. But clearly, that wasn’t the case at all as Jeff Teague has become one of the most underrated and under appreciated guards in the NBA. When you think about it, his statistics might be the reason why he continues to fly under the radar, plus the fact that he plays in Atlanta (not the biggest basketball city in the country).
In the 2014-2015 NBA season, Teague averaged 16 points and 7 assists per game which was good enough to make the All-Star game for the first time in his career and his start to the ’15-’16 season is showing he is legit and not going away anytime soon. His defense is also improving and becoming elite, something that he has struggled with throughout his career. Lead by this All-Star point guard, the Hawks are still going to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference for years to come, you can take that to the bank.
3. Lenny Wilkins
Lenny Wilkens played for the Hawks before they were in Atlanta when they were known as the St. Louis Hawks; which is probably why most people only know him for his coaching career. Wilkens made the All-Star team five times in his eight seasons with St. Louis while averaging 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. He had his best years in Seattle with the Supersonics which just proves how good of a player this man was. When you average 15/5/5 and it is considered your second best stint in the NBA, that’s how you know you are good. Good enough to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as player in 1989 and later on in 1998 as a coach. This dude has to be considered one of the most underrated basketball talents we have ever seen. Coaching wise and as a player.