Atlanta Hawks legend Lou Hudson passes away aged 69

imageA six-time NBA All-Star, Hudson played 11 of his 13 NBA seasons with the St Louis/Atlanta Hawks franchise from 1966 to 1977. The team moved from St Louis to Atlanta in 1968.

Hudson averaged 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists over his career after being drafted by the Hawks with the 4th overall pick in the 1966 NBA Draft.

Hudson enjoyed a long and successful career with the Hawks, making six consecutive All-Star game appearances.

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon said this on the lasting legacy of “Sweet Lou”:

Lou Hudson holds a special place in the Hawks family, in the hearts of our fans and in the history of our club. As a fan growing up with this team, I’m fortunate to say I was able to see almost every game Sweet Lou played as a member of the Hawks. He was an integral part of successful Hawks teams for over a decade, and is deservedly recognized with the ultimate symbol of his significance to the franchise with the number 23 hanging inside Philips Arena. On behalf of the Hawks organization, I’d like to extend condolences to Lou’s family and friends.

He had his No. 23 jersey retired by the Atlanta Hawks after he retired (having played two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers) and his University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ No. 14 jersey was retired.

While Hudson’s 20.2 point scoring average may not seem dominant, he was one of the most dangerous marksmen of his era and would have finished with a much higher scoring average had the introduction of the three-point line occurred before his career ended.

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