Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks are one in Atlanta ( Georgia) based basketball team in the American professional league NBA.

Team History

The Hawks in 1946 were founded as Tri -Cities Blackhawks in the then named as the Tri -Cities (now the Quad Cities ), consisting of the cities of Moline and rock Iceland in Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. Originally played the franchise in the National Basketball League ( NBL ), but moved to the end of the NBL in 1949 in the NBA, and reached there in the 1949/50 season under the leadership of Red Auerbach, the play-offs. Therefore Ben Kerner moved, the owner of the team, the team to Milwaukee, where they set out from the season 1951/52, under the name of Milwaukee Hawks. 1953 chose the Hawks from Draft with Bob Pettit, although a future winner of the MVP trophy, were still not very successful and due to the rapidly increasing popularity of the new resident Baseball Club Milwaukee Braves to Kerner decided, however, to move the team again and moved the team to the 1955/56 season to St. Louis. In 1957 the team reached the finals for the first time, lost the series with 3:4 against the Boston Celtics. In the following season, the season in 1957/58, the team won the only recipient of the NBA title after the Celtics were defeated.

In the years 1960 and 1961, the team was able to reach the Finals, this once again lost against the Celtics. 1968 finally parted Ben Kerner of the Hawks and gave their sale to the then governor of Georgia Carl Sanders on 3 May. The Hawks moved to Atlanta and then to today's Atlanta Hawks were born. There was virtually a " reunion " with the Braves, who had moved to Atlanta also. In the first two years in Atlanta, the team reached the Division Finals lost this against the Los Angeles Lakers and missed so narrowly the NBA Finals. In 1982, the Hawks received with Dominique Wilkins a real superstar and were among the best teams in the league. From 1985 to 1989, she always won 50 games or more, never got beyond the Conference Semifinals. Also in the 1990s under coach Lenny Wilkens - Star team reached several times 50 wins or more, failed in the play-offs but are always in the first round.

In March 2004, the team was, along with the Hockey Team Atlanta Thrashers sold to board members of the Atlanta Spirit LLC. With these they share until today the Philips Arena. But the Hawks came to falter and were in the 2004/05 season with 13 wins worst team in the NBA. After the squad was steadily bolstered the team in 2008, the play-offs after nine years dry spell. In the two years that followed, the team could reach the Conference Semifinals, this lost both times with 0:4 ( against Cleveland and Orlando). Also in 2011 could reach the semi-finals the Hawks. There they were subject to the Chicago Bulls.

In the 2012 season, the Hawks reached the third- best record in the Eastern Conference, but they divorced in the first round against the Boston Celtics from. On June 25, Danny Ferry took over the post of manager of the Hawks. Ferry initiated a break and was trading the star player Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, as well as the "eternal talent " Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz.

Also 2012/2013 succeeded the Hawks of making the play -offs. However, the Hawks came this time not on the first round out and the Indiana Pacers were beaten with 2:4 victories. After the season, the Hawks gave the separation of head coach Larry Drew known, and was succeeded by Mike Holzer Bude, who worked as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs before. When NBA Draft 2013, the Hawks selected with the 17th pick of the young German player Dennis Schroeder. In the summer of 2013 Josh Smith left the Atlanta Hawks and signed with the Detroit Pistons. The Hawks had already committed at this point forward Paul Millsap of the Utah Jazz.

Current squad

Honors and significant achievements