In the 61-year history of the Atlanta Hawks, the team has sent four point guards to the NBA All-Star game. Though the team has struggled to solidify the position in recent years, the Hawks have enjoyed the work of top play-makers from years past including Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens and former Coach of the Year Doc Rivers. Rivers leads the pack in the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time assist leaders.
5. Bob Pettit: 2,369 assists
Ranking fifth on the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time assist leaders list is Hall of Fame center Bob Pettit. Pettit was one of the NBA’s most dominant inside players in the 1950s and 1960s and he left the Hawks as the team’s career leader in several categories including points and assists. Though passing was not a primary aspect of his game, his longevity and consistency with the Hawks let him climb to the top of the charts by the time of his retirement. He averaged 3.0 assists for his career with his highest average coming in 1961-62 with 3.7 per game. Spending his entire 11-year career with the Hawks, Pettit was named NBA MVP twice and he earned All-Star selections in all 11 seasons.
4. Lenny Wilkens: 3,049 assists
Hall of Fame point guard and legendary coach Lenny Wilkens ranks fourth among the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time assists leaders. Wilkens began his career with the St. Louis Hawks in 1960 and spent eight years with the team. He averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 assists in 555 games with the team before heading west to Seattle. He earned five All-Star selections with the Hawks and nine overall in his career. In his 15-year playing career, Wilkens totaled 7,211 assists which rank 11th in NBA history.
3. Eddie Johnson: 3,207 assists
Former point guard and current convict Eddie Johnson became one of the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time assist leaders in the 1980s. Johnson was a quick point guard who spent eight-plus seasons in Atlanta with overall averages of 5.2 assists and 15.6 points per game. He was twice named an All-Star and he earned a pair of All-Defensive selections in Atlanta. His top assist season came in 1984-85 when he dished out 7.8 per contest.
2. Mookie Blaylock: 3,764 assists
Elite defensive point guard Mookie Blaylock ranks second on the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time assist leaders list. Blaylock spent seven seasons with the Hawks and was named to All-Defensive squads in six of them. His career assist average stands at 6.7 per game and his best years came in Atlanta. In 1993-94, the All-Star play-maker finished third in the NBA with 9.7 assists. Blaylock’s 5,972 career assists are good for 29th all-time and he also ranks 11th with 2,075 steals and 25th with 1,283 three-pointers.
1. Doc Rivers: 3,866 assists
Former All-Star point guard and current Celtics’ head coach Doc Rivers is the Atlanta Hawks’ all-time assist leader. Rivers served as floor general for the Hawks from his rookie year in 1983 until he was traded after the 1990-91 season. In 1986-87, he set the Hawks’ single-season assist records with 823 for an average of 10.0 per game, both of which still stand today. In addition to his offensive brilliance, Rivers nabbed more than 100 steals in each of his eight years with the Hawks; he finished with 1,563 steals in his career which places him 25th in NBA history.
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