Atlanta Hawks: 15 best NBA Draft picks of all-time

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John Drew, Atlanta Hawks
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. SF/PF. Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 1974 (No. 25). John Drew. 9. player. 125

Now, we’re really getting somewhere. The first multi-time All-Star to make this list is forward John Drew. Atlanta selected Drew No. 25 overall in the 1974 NBA Draft out of Gardner-Webb. He would spend his first eight NBA seasons with the team that drafted him in the Hawks.

Drew made the All-Rookie first team in 1975, where he averaged 18.5 points and 10.7 rebounds. Hard to believe that he didn’t make the All-Star team or win NBA Rookie of the Year with numbers like that. But no big deal, as Drew would make his first trip to the All-Star Game the following season. In 1975-76, Drew averaged 21.6 points and 8.6 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per contest.

Overall, Drew was a go-to scorer at forward during his 11-year NBA career split between the Hawks and the Utah Jazz. Atlanta would make the playoffs four times during his eight-year tenure with the Hawks. He would make his second trip to the All-Star Game in 1979-80 when he averaged 19.5 points and 5.9 rebounds.

While Drew was a consistent scorer throughout his NBA career, his rebounding numbers plummeted in his mid-20s. Interestingly, Drew would be the key piece that went the other way to Utah in the famous Dominique Wilkins trade back in 1982. Overall, Drew averaged 21.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 30.9 minutes per contest in his eight years with the Hawks organization.