Atlanta basketball may be in its rebuilding phase, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on a game. Fans head to State Farm Arena in Atlanta to catch rising-star players like Trae Young battle it out for bragging rights. The team has had its fair share of ups-and-downs. In fact, it holds the record for second-longest NBA Championship drought (60 seasons). In recent years, however, the Hawks have shown promise. They’ve acquired a new coach, signed some hotshot players and are looking to snatch a title.
The Atlanta NBA scene is still relatively new, as the team bounced around to different cities before settling into Atlanta in 1968. Along with other professional sports teams, like the Falcons, Braves and United, the Hawks round out an awesome entertainment opportunity for the whole family. Before heading to a game, read all about the team, including its history, current roster, highlights and upcoming schedule.
History of the Atlanta Hawks
Before calling State Farm Arena its home, Atlanta’s team traveled the U.S. in search of a loyal fan base. Before the National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded, the team was a part of the National Basketball League (NBL) with the Buffalo Bisons in 1946. The team then moved to Illinois for a brief stint as the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.
In 1949, the Hawks became part of the NBA and moved to Milwaukee (1951) and St. Louis (1955). An Atlanta basketball team was always a dream of Georgia governor Carl Sanders, who purchased the team in 1968. Since its roots were planted here in A-Town, the team has yet to win an NBA championship. In fact, the team’s only title comes from its time in St. Louis. More recently, the Hawks have notched a spot as one of only four NBA teams to qualify for 10 consecutive NBA playoffs (2008-2017).
Atlanta Hawks Roster
The roster for the Atlanta NBA team is ever-changing, like most other professional sports teams. Owners and coaches constantly trade players for higher picks in the NBA draft as they aim to build a competitive franchise. Nevertheless, the current Atlanta basketball roster features players young and old whom fans have grown to love. Take a look at some highlights of the 2019 Hawks roster below.
The result of an early season trade, Young is one of the Hawks’ most prolific new players. His college career at Oklahoma was memorabl,e to say the least. In the 2017-18 season, he led the NCAA in both points per game (27.4) and assists per game (8.7). He has started in all 71 game appearances for the Hawks and has consistently broken his own game-high points records in his first season alone. On March 1, 2019, he notched 49 points and 16 assists in a quadruple-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Collins was a first-round pick for the Atlanta Hawks in 2017. He played college ball at Wake Forest, where he made First Team for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). His NBA career has exploded as of late; he holds the current Hawks’ record for most points (19.7) and rebounds (9.8) per game. In 2018, Collins was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team.
One of the Hawks’ more seasoned vets, Bazemore came to Atlanta in 2014. After going undrafted in 2012, his climb to the top is one of the more impressive feats on the Hawks’ roster. Bazemore clinched a career-high 32 points in a win against the Dallas Mavericks in 2018. He currently averages 12.3 points per game for Atlanta.
Other notable players to wear the Hawks’ red-and-black jerseys include:
- “Pistol Pete” Maravich
- Dominique Wilkins
- Dikembe Mutombo
- Spud Webb
- Tracy McGrady
- Al Horford
Atlanta Hawks Schedule
The Atlanta NBA team regular season schedule typically runs from October to April. The beginning of April marks the postseason, which involves only those teams with qualifying records. The Hawks’ current season record does not place them at bid for any postseason action, so fans will have to wait until the fall to catch a game. Schedules are generally released in mid-to-late August of the same year.
State Farm Arena
Catch the action at State Farm Arena, the stomping grounds of the Atlanta Hawks and WNBA’s Atlanta Dream. The indoor stadium, once known as Philips Arena, opened in 1999 in downtown Atlanta. Its first event featured legendary recording artist Sir Elton John. Recent renovations to the arena include:
- Brand new seating areas.
- Fully-connected 360-degree concourses.
- Brand new video board in the center of the court.
- New restaurants and bars.
- A barber shop.
- Topgolf suites.
State Farm Arena Seating
As mentioned, the stadium underwent sweeping renovations to bring the sports complex into the 21st century. The State Farm Arena seating chart was slightly changed in an effort to increase attendance. In 2018, contractors redesigned parts of the seating bowl, removed suites and knocked down walls to improve sightlines.
Atlanta Hawks Rivals
Atlanta basketball fans always have high expectations for the Hawks, but the expectations intensify when the Boston Celtics roll into town. The Hawks-Celtics rivalry has been around for decades, when the team was situated in cities like Milwaukee and St. Louis. The two teams have faced each other 11 times in the NBA playoffs. The Hawks have only ever won two series against the Celtics, but all games have had their fair share of drama. To add fuel to the fire, Hawks’ star Al Horford left the team and joined the Celtics.
Atlanta Hawks Tickets
Tickets to see the Atlanta NBA team have been rising in popularity throughout the last several years as the team’s record has steadily improved. State Farm Arena hosts the Hawks roughly 40 times during the regular season. Fans can choose to purchase single game or season tickets, depending on their preferences. Single game tickets are valid for one game of choice whereas season tickets guarantee entry into all home games during a regular season. Ticket prices vary depending on the opponent and the location of the seat.
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