Feb 16, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; NBA legendBob Pettit
speaks as he honored with the Hometown Hero award during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game Legends Brunch at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Hawks had a pretty grim time of it during their four years in Milwaukee, never once making the Playoffs. The one piece that did come out of their time in Wisconsin though was the fact that their poor play allowed them to pick up Bob Pettit via the Draft.
Pettit would go on to become arguably the greatest player in the franchise’s history, and he would drag the Hawks to relevance along with him.
The Hawks finished the 1954-55 season with the league’s worst record, but with Pettit claiming Rookie of the Year it was clear they were on the up.
The following season Pettit averaged a whopping 25.7 points and 16.2 rebounds, and the then St. Louis Hawks would go on to make it all the way to the Division Finals.
From that point on, the franchise’s fortunes were transformed and they would go on to appear in four of the next five NBA Finals.
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