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Dominique Wilkins

9X
NBA All-Star
7X
All-NBA
1X
NBA Scoring Champion
1X
NBA All-Rookie

Things to Know


A dunking marvel flying high.

One of the most exciting players of his generation, Dominique Wilkins was nicknamed “The Human Highlight Film” for his tendency to create made-for-TV moments with his jaw-dropping dunks and finishes at the rim. In the 1980s and '90s, he elevated the Atlanta Hawks to a playoff team and contender in the Eastern Conference.

The all-time leading scorer in Hawks history with 23,292 points, Wilkins -- when he retired -- ranked ninth on the all-time NBA scoring list (24,019 career points). Since then, he has fallen to 14th on the all-time scoring list.

Career
He engaged in a spirited and epic duel with Larry Bird in the 1988 Eastern Conference semifinals, scoring 47 points to Bird’s 34 in the Celtics’ Game 7 victory over Atlanta. That was his best postseason of his career overall, averaging 31.2 ppg as the Hawks enjoyed their deepest playoff run of the Wilkins era.

Wilkins won the NBA scoring title in 1985-86 with 30.3 points per game. He did so on the final night of the season, scoring 57 points in a win against the New Jersey Nets, giving him just enough to edge out the Utah Jazz’s Adrian Dantley (29.83 ppg) and Denver Nuggets’ Alex English (29.8 ppg).

Wilkins participated in the NBA’s dunk contest five times, winning twice. He lost two close contests, though: once to his Hawks teammate, Spud Webb, in 1986 and to longtime rival and Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan in 1988.

After tearing his Achilles tendon in the midst of the 1991-92 season, Wilkins made a triumphant return the very next season and averaged 29.9 points, third-highest of his career. He finished second to Jordan for the scoring title and, that season, became the 17th player to collect 20,000 career points.

The Hawks stunned the NBA in the 1993-94 season when they dealt Wilkins to the LA Clippers for Danny Manning. After that, Wilkins played for the Celtics and was their leading scorer. He then played in Greece for Panathinaikos Athens and led the team to an European Championship in 1996. He also played overseas in 1997-98, suiting up for Teamsystem in Italy.

In 2006, Wilkins entered the Hall of Fame as a part of a class that included Charles Barkley and Joe Dumars. In 2015, he became the first and only Hawks player to have a statue of himself erected outside State Farm Arena.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Dominique Wilkins

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins joins 'Inside the NBA' after being named to 75 team

Dominique Wilkins joins 'Inside the NBA' after being named to 75 team

Dominique Wilkins

Dominique Wilkins' Top 10 Dunks

Stats


24.8
PPG
6.7
RPG
2.5
APG
23,292
PTS (1st All-Time ATL)
882
GP (1st All-Time ATL)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1998-99ORL39279.35.01.94.937.90.20.726.31.11.669.01.11.52.60.60.10.00.90.7
1996-97SAS376330.918.26.315.141.71.13.829.34.55.680.32.73.76.41.90.60.52.11.6
1994-95BOS357731.517.86.415.242.41.53.838.83.54.478.22.03.25.22.20.80.22.21.7
1993-94TOT347435.626.09.421.544.01.14.028.86.07.184.72.54.06.52.31.20.42.31.7
1993-94LAC342537.929.110.723.745.31.03.924.76.78.083.52.54.57.02.21.20.32.11.6
1993-94ATL344934.424.48.820.343.21.24.030.85.66.685.42.43.86.22.31.30.42.41.8
1992-93ATL337137.329.910.422.346.81.74.538.07.38.882.82.64.26.83.21.00.42.61.6
1991-92ATL324238.128.110.121.846.40.93.028.97.08.483.52.54.67.03.81.20.62.91.8
1990-91ATL318138.025.99.520.247.01.03.134.15.97.182.93.25.89.03.31.50.82.51.9
1989-90ATL308036.126.710.120.948.40.72.332.25.77.180.72.73.86.52.51.60.62.21.8
1988-89ATL298037.526.210.222.046.40.41.327.65.56.684.43.23.76.92.61.50.72.31.7
1987-88ATL287837.830.711.725.146.40.51.729.56.98.482.62.73.76.42.91.30.62.82.1
1986-87ATL277937.629.010.522.646.30.41.329.27.79.481.82.73.66.33.31.50.62.71.9
1985-86ATL267839.130.311.424.346.80.20.918.67.49.081.83.34.67.92.61.80.63.22.2
1984-85ATL258137.327.410.523.345.10.31.030.96.07.480.62.84.16.92.51.70.72.82.1
1983-84ATL248136.621.68.417.647.90.00.10.04.76.177.03.14.07.21.61.41.12.72.4
1982-83ATL238232.917.57.314.949.30.00.118.22.84.168.22.83.15.81.61.00.82.22.6
Overall107435.524.89.320.146.10.72.131.95.66.981.12.73.96.72.51.30.62.51.9
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