In honor of the 75th anniversary of the NBA’s existence as a league, the NBA has been revealing its greatest 75 players in league history throughout this week. On the third day of revealing those selections, Dominique Wilkins was named as a selection to that elite circle of basketball players.
Dominique Wilkins spent the first 12 seasons of his career as an Atlanta Hawk, and his heroics led the Hawks to new heights in the 1980s and early 1990s. Among his many accomplishments, ‘Nique was a 9-time All-Star, named to eight All-NBA Teams including a first team nod in 1986, a 2-time Dunk Contest champion and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. His jersey is one of just five players in franchise history that is hanging in the State Farm Arena rafters, meaning his famous number 21 will never be worn by a player in Hawks colors again.
This is an illustrious accomplishment to say the least, and one Wilkins — who currently operates as the franchise’s Vice President of Basketball as well as television color analyst — will not soon forget. This comes after arguably being snubbed for the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team 25 years earlier, so the honor this season must come as a huge relief for the franchise legend. Congratulations to Dominique Wilkins!