Atlanta Hawks’ Best Players of the Decade: 15-11

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SACRAMENTO, CA – MARCH 11: Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks looks up at the replay in a game against the Sacramento Kings on March 11 2012 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

15. Zaza Pachulia

Zaza played the first four seasons of the decade in a Hawks uniform, primarily coming off the bench to back up Al Horford. In total, he spent 8 years in Atlanta, and was a fan favorite throughout.

The 6’11 center averaged 19.1 minutes per game this decade for Atlanta, putting up 5.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.

He appeared in 22 playoff games, and although the ‘NOTHING EASY’ speech happened in 2008, I would be remorse if I didn’t include his shining moment:

He went on to be a starter for the Bucks, Warriors, and Mavericks after his stint with the Hawks, but was a great back up who clearly knew his role, and the fans and teammates alike always loved the Georgian center.

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ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 7: Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks shots the ball against the Washington Wizards on November 7, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

14. Mike Scott

In a lot of ways, Mike Scott is not unlike Zaza Pachulia above.

A role player on some really good teams that had some breakout games, and was a fan favorite.

Scott was drafted in the 2nd round by the Hawks back in 2012, playing 5 seasons total with the team. He appeared in just under 300 regular season games, and 32 playoff games throughout that time.

The power forward averaged 7.1 and 3 rebounds per game, shooting 46% from the field. He was apart of the beloved 60-win 2014-2015 season, in which he served as Paul Millsap‘s back up.

He was never an assassin from deep, but had the ability to get hot, and stay hot. This was particularly present in the 2014 playoffs, when the 8-seed Hawks almost upset the 1-seed Pacers in the first round.

Between his heat check style of play, and above average, smart defense, Scott was a great rotational piece for the mid-2010’s Hawks teams that prided themselves on their depth.

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