On Tuesday, McDonald's All American Games unveiled its list of the 35 greatest McDonald's All Americans as part of its celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonlald's All American Game for the top high-school players in the country. Atlanta Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins and current Hawks shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse were both named as part of the list.
"This list of great McDonald's All Americans recognizes 35 years of basketball excellence," said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald's All American Games. "These players are a veritable ‘who's who' of basketball's modern era."
Dominique Wilkins is the all-time leading scorer for the Atlanta Hawks and scored more than 26,000 points in his NBA career. He remains a popular figure around Philips Arena and is a member of the Hawks TV broadcast crew along with Bob Rathbun. Wilkins won two Slam Dunk crowns during the NBA's All-Star weekend and was a staple of those popular late 80s early 90s Hawks squads.
Jerry Stackhouse is a first-year Atlanta Hawks player but brings 16 years of experience to the table. Stack has amassed 16,000 points in his NBA career including averaging a personal best 29.8 during the 2000-2001 season for Detroit. At age 37, Stackhouse has appeared in nine games for the Hawks this season averaging 5.3 minutes and 2.8 points per game. His voice in the locker room clearly outweighs his limited opportunities on the court as he has been a valuable veteran influence on the current Hawks team.
Here is a complete list of the Top 35 McDonald's All Americans:
The 35 of the Greatest McDonald's All Americans list is comprised of some of the top names in basketball history, and features past and present Olympics, NBA and NCAA stars, including: Earvin "Magic" Johnson (McDonald's All American class of 1977), Clark Kellogg (1979), Ralph Sampson (1979), Isiah Thomas (1979), Dominique Wilkins (1979), James Worthy (1979), Sam Perkins (1980), Glenn "Doc" Rivers (1980), Patrick Ewing (1981), Michael Jordan (1981), Chris Mullin (1981), Kenny Smith (1983), Danny Manning (1984), Larry Johnson (1987), Christian Laettner (1988), Alonzo Mourning (1988), Bobby Hurley (1989), Shaquille O'Neal (1989), Grant Hill (1990), Glenn Robinson (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Jerry Stackhouse (1993), Vince Carter (1995), Kevin Garnett (1995), Paul Pierce (1995), Kobe Bryant (1996), Jay Williams (1999), Carmelo Anthony (2002), Amare Stoudemire (2002), LeBron James (2003), Chris Paul (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Tyler Hansbrough (2005), Kevin Durant (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).
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