Kevin Willis: Then and Now

With the 11th pick in the 1984 N

With the 11th
pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Kevin Willis, a
seven-foot center out of Michigan State. Twenty years later, the Hawks brought
Willis back into the fold, signing the veteran on Wednesday afternoon at Philips
Arena. Willis will begin his 21st season in the league in 2004-05, including 11 years with the Hawks and 9 years with six other teams.

Many things have changed since Willis was a rookie. The Hawks have drafted 76 players since that day, including the four current rookies on this year's squad. The NBA has added seven teams (two of which have already moved from their original locations), and Atlanta's population has increased by almost 100%, from around 2.5 million to nearly 4.5 million currently. What else has changed (or remained the same) since Willis first joined the team? takes a look:



NBA Uniform Shorts:

Tiny and tight
NBA Uniform Shorts:

Usable as reserve parachutes
Reigning NBA Champs:

Reigning NBA Champs:

Detroit Pistons
Dominique Wilkins:

high-flying leading scorer
Dominique Wilkins:

Hawks high-ranking VP of Basketball
Top Movie:

Terms of Endearment
Top Movie:
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
(surprising tear-jerker)
Total Age of Hawks 2004 Draft
4 years, 6 months
Total Age of Hawks
2004 Draft Picks:
84 years
Billy Knight:
season with the San Antonio Spurs
Billy Knight:
General Manager
Mike Woodson:
Playing for
Kansas City Kings
Mike Woodson:
Head Coach
Ageless Wonders:
Dick Clark,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Ageless Wonders:

Dick Clark (still!), Julio Franco
Arnold Schwarzenegger known for:

The Terminator
Arnold Schwarzenegger
known for:
Governor of California

Micah Hart is the Assistant Web Editor for the Atlanta Hawks


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