Atlanta Hawks is pro-level basketball competing in the National Basketball Association (NBA). They form part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. All their home games are staged at the Philips Arena.
According to time.com, they were originally known as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks back in 1946 and a member of the National Basketball League. The Blackhawks re-joined the league in 1949,after the amalgamation of NBL and Basketball Association of America to give rise to the National Basketball Association.
In 1951, this team relocated to Milwaukee and thus changed its name to Hawks. Hawks moved to St. Louis later on in 1955. They won the NBA Championship in 1958. In 1968, the Hawks moved to Atlanta. The Hawks are recognized to be the team with the second longest drought of winning the NBA Championship of about fifty-seven. While Hawks were in St. Louis, they happened to make it to the NBA final-showdown. Afterwards, they went forty-eight league years without making it past the second-round playoffs. They accredited this failure to the history of the NBA draft.
Since 1980, the Hawks have traded only four players who were chosen to play in all the All-Star game.They are Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Dominique played from 1982 to 1994, he won the Slam Dunk Contest of 1985 and 1995. While coach Mike Fratello became the Coach of the Year in 1986.
In 2007, there seemed to be some hope with the signing of Al Horford who brought quality into the team. He became a runner-up for the Rookie of the Year honors. He started the season by winning the first game against Dallas Mavericks. During the 2009-10 season, Hawks improved their game and won 53 games. They were swept off by Orlando Magic in the second-round. At the end of this season Hawks fired Woodson Mike from being the head coach.
The Hawks’ performance backtracked and finished the 2010-11 season with 44 wins only to be beaten again in the semifinals by Chicago Bulls. Hawks employed San Antonio Spurs as the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Danny Ferry as the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager in June 2012. Hawks finished with a 44-38 record and appeared for six straight seasons, and were unfortunately eliminated by the Indiana Pacers after six matches in the first round. On May 2014, Atlantic Hawks showed their new logo which is a modification of the “Pac-Man” logo.
Bruce Levenson announced his sale of his share of the team on 7th September 2014. His share was sold in a$850 million-bid. It was reported that he made about twenty-seven percent profit. It was stated that by Bruce’s investor overselling Hawks, they put off other bidders from placing their bids. The auction was won by a group that was led by co-founder Tony Ressler. NBA stated that Atlanta Hawks will retain its location as a condition for the sale. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the team on 24th June, 2015.