Top 3 Power Forwards in Every NBA Team’s Franchise History


Atlanta Hawks

Honorable Mentions

5. Dan Roundfield

4. Kevin Willis

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3. Bill Bridges

Bill Bridges battled in the paint for 10 seasons with the Hawks from 1962-1972, splitting time in St. Louis and then later Atlanta when the franchise relocated. His 12.7 PPG and 12.7 RPG were enough earn him three selections to the NBA All-Star game. Perhaps the most impressive thing about his stint with Atlanta was his durability. Bridges played at least 78 games in eight of those ten seasons.


2. Josh Smith

When Josh Smith departed from Atlanta after nine years, it was a sad day for fans (later an even more depressing for Pistons fans). He often generated many highlights, most which consisted of left-handed dunks and rim-protecting blocks. His 15.3 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 3.2 APG with Atlanta made him a valuable asset on a team that didn’t have much. Although he was quite a unique player in Atlanta, he was often considered a top 20 power forward during his time with the Hawks. It’s somewhat hard to remember the good days of Josh Smith given his last five years in the NBA.


1. Bob Pettit

The Atlanta Hawks franchise was built on the efforts of Bob Pettit. He played his entire 11-year career with the organization while it was in Milwaukee and St. Louis. Some of Pettit’s achievements included winning the 1955 NBA Rookie of the Year (he beat Bill Russell, that should be enough evidence by itself), two NBA MVP awards, and four NBA All-Star Game MVP awards. Over the duration of his 11 seasons with the franchise, he averaged 26.4 PPG, and 16.2 RPG. He is the greatest Atlanta Hawk of all-time, so of course he comes in at number one for this position.