Atlanta Hawks: Top 5 Point Guards of All-Time

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May 14, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers reacts on the sidelines against the Houston Rockets in game six of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

4. Doc Rivers

Before he was a title winning coach with the Celtics and DeAndre Jordan’s biggest supporter on the Clippers, Glenn “Doc” Rivers was a fantastic point guard for the Atlanta Hawks. Rivers played eight seasons for the Hawks, from 1983-1992.

During that time he averaged 13 points, 6.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game on 45.5 percent shooting and 32.5 percent on three-point attempts. Rivers ranks near the top of the career leaderboard in several important categories for the Hawks.

He is second all-time in assists per game (6.8), second all-time in steals per game (2.1), third all-time in total steals (1166) and he is the all-time leader in total assists with 3866. His best season came in 1987-1988 when averaged 14.2 points and 9.3 assists per game.

He was also a member of Hawks teams that won at least 50 games from 1985 to 1989. That period included a division title in 1987. Unfortunately for Rivers and the rest of the 1980s Hawks, this stretch of the 80s saw Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics and the “Bad Boys” era Detroit Pistons dominate the Eastern Conference.

Not bad for a second round pick. His coaching career is more well-known than his playing career. After failing to win a title as a player, Rivers reached the mountaintop in 2007-2008 by helping the Boston Celtics defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. He currently is the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers where getting past the second round has proved to be difficult.

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