Atlanta Hawks are a professional American basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta Hawks are part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in NBA. Mike Woodson is coaching The Hawks these days. Mike is in his fifth season at the helm.
The Atlanta Hawks franchise was formed in the year 1946 as the National Basketball League's Buffalo Bisons. The Bisons featured center Don Otten and coach Nat Hickey, but on December 27, 1946 but Hawks only won thirteen games into their inaugural season. In that time, the area was known as the "Tri-Cities" which included Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa. Although today it is called the Quad Cities. The team was remaned by Kerner and the name was Tri-Cities Blackhawks; Blackhawks were named after the Black Hawk War that was mostly fought in Illinois. The Blackhawks became a success and achieved the point where they became one of the National Basketball Association's 17 original teams after a merger in 1949 of the 12-year-old NBL and the four-year-old Basketball Association of America. The Blackhawks reached the playoffs in the National Basketball Association's inaugural year and this time coach Red Auerbach was leading the team. In the year 1957, the team advanced to the 1957 NBA Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in a double-overtime thriller in seventh game. In the year 1958, the Atlanta Hawks again advanced to the NBA Finals under coach Alex Hannum and captured their only NBA Championship in game 6 against the Celtics.