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The Atlanta Hawks are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They compete in the National Basketball Association in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The Hawks play their home games at the State Farm Arena. The team won the National Championship in 2004. In 2009, the Hawks were renamed to the Hawks and moved to the city of Atlanta. They have won three straight NBA championships, including the first two in the franchise's history.
In 2007, the Hawks became one of the youngest teams in the NBA. The following year, they made the postseason for the first time. On May 2, 2008, a crowd of 20,425 people packed Philips Arena to see Al Horford score a career-high 25 points against the Boston Celtics. The Hawks finished second in the Southeast Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference, and won their season opener against the Mavericks.
The Atlanta Hawks drafted three defensemen and a forward in the 2010 draft, including center Tim Duncan. In the past decade, the Hawks have added players who are more capable of defending the rim. However, there are still some questions about their roster's future. A lack of depth could hurt the team, which could lead to an off-season rebuild. This season, the Hawks will be led by Kevin Love.
In their most recent draft, the Hawks added defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha to their roster. They subsequently signed guard Jason Whitlock from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in exchange for Horford. The Hawks were also boosted by the addition of former NBA player Alonzo Mourn. The Hawks won the Southeast division for the first time since 1998.
Despite its lack of success, the Atlanta Hawks still managed to win 47 games in their inaugural season, their first since 1999. The roster had almost the same lineup as the previous year. The Hawks beat the Miami Heat in the first round for the first time since the team's move to Atlanta. The season ended in the NBA Finals, where the Hawks lost to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons.
The Atlanta Hawks were one of the youngest teams in the NBA when they were founded in 1967. In the following season, they became the second-best team in the Eastern Conference, winning the Southeast division in 2009. The name has become synonymous with the Hawks in the NBA, and its fans have grown accustomed to it. The Atlanta Hawks are a symbol of hope, and their fans are a loyal and vocal part of the team.
The Atlanta Hawks have a strong young core. In the 2013 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Shane Larkin and Dennis Schroder, both of whom were first round picks. The Atlanta Hawks have also been among the top teams in the East. This season, they won the Southeast in the first round of the playoffs. In addition, the team signed Christian Laettner from the Minnesota Timberwolves. He would go on to make an All-Star game in 1997.
The Atlanta Hawks had a successful season in the 2008-09 season. The Hawks won 47 games, their first winning season since 1999. They also signed defensive specialist Thabo Sefolosha from the Oklahoma City Thunder. After a long season, they went to the Conference Semifinals in 1961, but lost to the Boston Celtics in Game seven. The next year, the Hawks had their first losing series in the NBA in the 1990s.
During the late 1990s, the Atlanta Hawks had a transitional period, playing at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Dome. Until their new arena was opened in 2004, they played at Georgia Tech. This lasted for two seasons before the franchise moved to the State Farm Arena. During the 2005-2006 season, the Atlanta Hawks set many records. The team won the NBA's 2007-2008 championship. After this season, the team had a successful playoff season, but lost in the playoffs to the Boston Celtics.
In 1977, the Hawks were purchased by Ted Turner, who also owned the Atlanta Braves. After a successful first season, the team traded Hubie Brown to the Washington Wizards for Kirk Hinrich, a small guard. The new coach took over the Hawks' defensive responsibilities, and the Atlanta Hawks finished the season with 44 wins. Then, they traded Mike Bibby to the Houston Rockets. During the 1978-79 season, the Hawks placed third in the Central Division. They won the World Series and won the Eastern Conference Finals. The following year, they lost to the Chicago Bulls in six games.