Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 12:41 pm  |  19 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: 90s Hawks

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Mookie, Mutombo, and Smith made for a great trio in the dirty dirty in the late 90s. Mookie was one of the best on-ball defenders in the league, Mutombo was in his finger waiving prime, and Steve Smith was a 6’8″ sharpshooter. None of them were drafted by the Hawks but they all entered their prime while in Atlanta. Steve Smith averaged close to 20 pts/game, Mookie averaged well over 2 steals and 6 asssists, and Mutombo averaged over 3 blocks and 12 boards. While none of these guys are in the discussion for the best that ever played their respective positions, they were all NBA All-Stars once upon a time and made hoops exciting in ATL. Shout out Kblaze for the Mix, Lang Whitaker (ATL native), and my boy J. Serby (Mookie’s biggest fan).


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  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Lang Whitaker

    ATL, shawty.

  • martey

    Mookie…one of the most exciting point guards of the 90s..so clutch on the threes and nice on D too..Steve Smith had some nice inside moves also..use to catch em sleepin with the spin moves, head fakes, pump fakes, up and under..

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Pearl Jam’s original name was “Mookie Blaylock”. And their debut album “Ten” was named after his jersey number.
    Kinda makes me wanna start a rock band and call it “Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo”!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^people usually don’t believe that when they here it, but it’s true. Useless information at its finest

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ^Exactly! :D

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    On another note, this team used to kill me in NBA Live back when I played it on the Nintendo 64.
    Steve Smith would hit 3 after 3 and Mutombo would block all my damn shots.

  • J Serby

    D-boy does it again! Mookie was the quintessential PG, with some of the best hands, ball control, playmaking, and driving skills out there on the court in the 90s. Plus he kept defenders honest with his long range shot. The fact that he was only a one time all-star and two time all defensive first team player is a shame, and only because he played in Atlanta. 12th on the career steals list, and 4th in spg? Plus, he did it with the highlight films and flash that most young PGs have now…so you won’t find his picture on any blogs or in many youtube videos, but you knew day-in day-out what you were getting from your pg.

  • http://slam.com Chris Mullin’s Accent

    Damn I miss the 90′s and those obnoxiously large logos on the jerseys.

  • dma

    i loved how steve smith would post up from the 3point line.

  • Dirtybrid

    The years before they went into the gutter. I suppose even though this was a playoff team for most of the decade, Smitty, Deke and Ma ma ma Mookie weren’t stars enough to make the cover of Slam.

  • ab40

    who wants to ride mount mutombo haha smittie was a nice player too bad his highlights that can be found online are limited

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Steal for steal, Daron O. Blaylock is for sure one of the best ever.
    1. Alvin Robertson
    2. Maurice Cheeks
    3. Daron Blaylock
    4. John Stockton
    5. Michael Jordan
    Just off of the top of my head…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Damn I miss Chris Mullin’s accent.

  • Will Lee

    what? No Stacey Augmon, Christian Laettner? That was a defensive team. Bored to watch, but keep winning decent games. Kinda like the Indiana Pacers of today.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    Shoutouts to ATL. South stand up

  • Ken

    Nice music choice on this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Man Smitty played with such confidence man. Wasn’t fast or quick, couldn’t really jump, average handle… but he KNEW he was gonna score on you. Love it. And I miss Dikembe’s finger wave. I got to see him up close at Jam Session this past February and you can’t truly appreciate how tall that guy is until you’re standing next to him.

  • http://slamonline.com Mars


  • el_larsen

    stacey augmon!the plastic man a true helicopter
    i loved the haws and their 80 ‘s jersey rocked,but the wilkins broke my heart