This Day In Sports History (January 13th) — Dominique Wilkins


It was on this day in 2001 that the Atlanta Hawks retired the #21 formerly worn by forward Dominique Wilkins.  Wilkins joined Lou Hudson and Bob Pettit as the only Hawks to have their number retired.

Dominique Wilkins attended the University of Georgia and was selected third overall in the 1982 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.  However, Dominique never played for the Jazz, as he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks where he would spend the first 11 seasons of his Hall-Of-Fame career.  Wilkins was named an All-Star in nine consecutive seasons from 1986-1994 and led the NBA in scoring in 1985-86 with an average of 30.3 points per game.  Many young basketball fans know Dominique from his days appearing in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Wilkins was a two-time winner of the Dunk contest, winning it in 1985 and 1990.  He is one of only four men to win the competition on multiple occasions, along with Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson.


Notable Birthdays

Kevin Mitchell, MLB – Born January 13th 1962 (age 52) in San Diego, California

James Posey, NBA – Born January 13th 1977 (age 37) in Cleveland, Ohio

Ronny Turiaf, NBA – Born January 13th 1983 (age 31) in Le Robert, Martinique

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