Atlanta Hawks, American professional basketball crew situated in Atlanta. The Hawks were one of the first establishments of the National Basketball Association (NBA) when the group was built up in 1949. The group won its solitary title in 1958.
Initially established in Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa, as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks in 1946, the group played in the National Basketball League for three seasons before the establishing of the NBA. They migrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before the 1951–52 season and abbreviated their epithet to the "Hawks." After long periods of average achievement, the Hawks drafted future Hall of Famer Bob Pettit with the second by and large pick of the 1954 NBA draft, and the group's fortunes started to improve. The Hawks moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1955 and progressed to the NBA finals during the 1956–57 season, where they lost to the Boston Celtics in seven amusements. The Hawks crushed the Celtics in their finals rematch the accompanying season, procuring the primary title in establishment history. In spite of the fact that the Hawks came back to the play-offs in everything except one of the accompanying 15 seasons, they progressed to the finals just twice, losing to the Celtics on the two events.
The Hawks were sold to a Georgia-based gathering in 1968, and they moved to Atlanta. The early Atlanta groups highlighted such stars as Pete Maravich, Walt Bellamy, and Lou Hudson. In 1982 the Hawks gained the most conspicuous hotshot of its Atlanta years in a post-draft exchange that brought newbie Dominique Wilkins into the crease. Wilkins—known as "the Human Highlight Film" due to his astonishingly gymnastic pummel dunks—drove the Hawks to four sequential 50-win seasons during the 1980s and made his imprint as a standout amongst the most productive scorers in NBA history. His individual achievements did not prompt postseason accomplishment for his group, in any case, as Atlanta did not progress past the second round of the NBA play-offs in any of his 12 seasons with the Hawks. The 1999–2000 season was the start of the longest play-off dry season in Atlanta's history, yet the Hawks came back to postseason play during the 2007–08 season with a youthful group that drove the inevitable victor Celtics to seven recreations in their first-round arrangement. The Hawks remained a lasting postseason nearness through the rest of the primary decade of the 21st century, however they didn't progress past the second round of the play-offs during that time.
The group had a leap forward season in 2014–15, winning an establishment record 60 amusements and progressing toward the Eastern Conference finals (where the Hawks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers) out of the blue since migrating to Atlanta. Be that as it may, that demonstrated to be a one-season turnaround as the Hawks came back to the example of having a moment round roof in 2015–16. The group lost a significant number of its key players in the accompanying off-season and limped to a 24-win season and last-place divisional completion in 2017–18.