Record: 31-19 (4th in East); defeated in the Second Round of Playoffs.
Secretaries of Defense: Dikembe Mutombo, Mookie Blaylock
D-Side Story: Dikembe Mutombo won four Defensive Player of the Year awards, and in 1998-99, he anchored one of the greatest defensive teams in history. The Hawks held opponents to an NBA All Time low 83.4 points per game. Mutmbo and teammate Mookie Blaylock were always amongst the league's blocks and steals leaders, and both finished in the All NBA Defensive Second team that year.