Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 6
Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, as you may have heard. We here at Hawks.com cannot get enough of Nique, and are constantly scouring the internet for video of his days as the Human Highlight Film. On December 1st, the Hawks will be honoring Dominique as part of Hardwood Classic Nights, with the team wearing throwback uniforms representing the 1986 season.
To get ready for the festivities, Hawks.com is counting down the 21
greatest moments of Wilkins' career. Check back daily as we update the countdown
every weekday leading up to the Dec. 1 match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
February 2, 1993: Wilkins breaks Bob Pettit's career franchise scoring record.
When discussing the history of the Hawks franchise, there are basically two names that first come to mind when thinking of the team's best players: Bob Pettit and Dominique Wilkins. Pettit was one of the most dominant players in the NBA during the 1950s and 60s, leading the Hawks to their only title in 1958.
Midway through the 1992-93 season, Dominique passed Pettit for the Hawks career scoring record, recording his 20,881st point on a sweet bank shot with 6:22 left to play in a 118-109 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics.
Impressively, it took Pettit 792 career games to set the record, and took Nique 794 to break it. It also took each of them 11 seasons to accomplish and break the mark.
Wilkins went on to finish his Hawks career with 23,292. Joe Johnson, the current actively leader with 1,945 career points so far in Atlanta, has a little ways to go to catch-up...
Former Hawk and NBA Hall-of-Famer
"Records are made to be passed. That's just the nature of sports. I was happy to see Dominique be the one to break my record because he was an outstanding player, and a guy who seemed to be above the hoopla. He never got caught up in how great he was, he just went out there and worked hard. I always thought he carried himself very well and had a lot of character.
He was a tremendous scorer, so I wasn't surprised to see him break it - and someday I'm sure someone will come along and break his records too."