Atlanta Hawks: 15 Best Dunkers of All-Time

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Nazr Mohammed, Atlanta Hawks
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player. 125. . C. (2001-04). Nazr Mohammed. 13

Big man Nazr Mohammed had a short stay with the Hawks, but he developed into quite the dunker during his time with the team. In his first full season with the franchise, he produced 9.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during the 2001-02 season. He became a formidable force in the paint alongside Shareef Abdur-Rahim. He averaged 3.0 offensive rebounds per contest that season.

Mohammed averaged 12.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game upon his arrival during the 2000-01 season, but he appeared in just 28 games. He finished that season with 24 dunks on the year. After that, his production went up from a dunking standpoint. He finished second on the team behind Abdur-Rahim with 58 dunks in the regular season.

Mohammed wasn’t that guy who was going to dunk on somebody, but when he got the ball in the paint, he wasn’t shy about throwing it down. His 58 dunks accounted for 42 percent of his shot attempts during the 2001-02 season.

The biggest issue for Mohammed was playing second fiddle behind big man Theo Ratliff. During the 2001-02 season, Ratliff missed all but three games and Mohammed’s production went up all around. When Ratliff returned in 2002-03, Mohammed finished with just 12 dunks.

Midway through the season, it was no surprise when Mohammed was traded to the New York Knicks. He was an athletic player on the offensive end, but he didn’t bring the same energy on defense as Ratliff, which ultimately led to his Atlanta departure.