The Atlanta Hawks are one of thirty basketball teams that play in the NBA, the professional league of the United States of America and Canada.
The team was founded in 1946 as the Buffalo Bisons, and Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York was selected as the arena, but on December 27, 1946, after only thirteen games into their inaugural season, owner Ben Kerner moved the team from Buffalo to Moline, Illinois, at the time located in a metropolitan area known as the Tri-Cities. Kerner renames the team the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, in remembrance of the Black Hawk War which was fought primarily in Illinois.
The Blackhawks thus become one of the 17 teams of the newborn NBA, the result of the merger between the BAA and the NBL. The Blackhawks made the playoffs in the 1949-50 season under coach Red Auerbach. The following season the Blackhawks drafted Bob Cousy but traded him to the Chicago Stags in one of the worst trades in NBA history. In 1951, the franchise moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, becoming the Milwaukee Hawks.
At the 2018 Draft the Hawks choose the Slovenian Luka Doncic, but immediately turn him over to the Dallas Mavericks receiving in exchange Trae Young and a future first pick. On October 21, 2018, in the victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers, with 35 points and 11 assists, the young prospect from Oklahoma becomes one of the few rookies to be able to score at least 35 points and 10 assists in his first season in the NBA.