The Atlanta Hawks will retire Pete Maravich’s No. 44 jersey during halftime of their March 3 matchup against the Boston Celtics. The team made the announcement during halftime of Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics.
“Pete Maravich is one of the league’s all-time greats, an icon of the game and was a very important figure in pro basketball in Atlanta in the early 1970’s. New generations are discovering the wizardry of his game through YouTube and social media,” Hawks’ Chief Executive Officer Steve Koonin said. “We are proud to hang his No. 44 in the rafters at Philips Arena alongside our other franchise icons – Dominique Wilkins, Bob Pettit, Dikembe Mutombo, Lou Hudson and Ted Turner.”
Atlanta retired Dikembe Mutombo’s jersey last season and honored long-time great Dominique Wilkins with a statue two years ago.
Maravich played 648 career games with the Hawks and averaged 24.2 points and 5.4 assists.