Hawks to retire “Pistol” Pete Maravich’s number


There has never been another player like “Pistol” Pete Maravich.

He is a Hall of Famer, a five-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA, but he is remembered as one of the most entertaining players ever to lace them up. Basketball is supposed to be fun and entertaining, and few have blown away the people in the seats like Maravich.

It was the Atlanta Hawks who drafted Maravich, and it is there he spent the first four years of his career. Finally, they are going to retire his number 44, reports Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

A date and details of when the No. 44 will be raised to the rafters of Philips Arena have not been finalized…

The Hawks drafted Maravich with the third overall pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. He played 302 games for the Hawks and averaged 24.3 points, 5.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 37.2 minutes. He had a field-goal percentage of .448.

Maravich passed away back in 1988, at the age of 40, when he suffered heart failure playing a pickup basketball game.

Maravich’s number has already been retired by the Utah Jazz and the New Orleans Pelicans — Maravich is best known for his time playing for the then New Orleans Jazz. The other retired numbers in Atlanta? Bob Pettit (No. 9), Lou Hudson (23), Dominique Wilkins (No. 21) and Dikembe Mutombo (No. 55).