The Story Behind Every NBA Team’s Name

The team that eventually became the Atlanta Hawks was originally awarded to the Tri-Cities – Moline IL, Rock Island IL and Davenport IA in 1948. The team was called the Blackhawks after Sauk Indian Chief Blackhawk, just like the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. The name was then shortened to the Hawks, which stuck around for the team’s moves to Milwaukee in 1951, St. Louis in 1955 and Atlanta in 1968.