Power Forward: Shareef Abdur-Rahim , Wheeler High School The Atlanta Hawks faithful went into a frenzy when it was announced the Memphis Grizzlies would be trading their hometown hero for the rights to draft Pau Gasol. Looking back, the trade would mark the first time Billy Knight screwed the franchise (though this time from the outside, as the Grizzlies GM), however, Abdur-Rahim remains one of the most accomplished players in Atlanta high school basketball history, winning the state’s Mr. Basketball award in back-to-back years in ’94 and ’95.Small Forward: Josh Smith, McEachern High School Smith would later transfer to basketball magnet school Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior season, though he remains the heart of soul of basketball and the city of Atlanta. Even hailing from Delta’s hometown the current Hawks power forward (small forward in high school) is still state’s highest flier, rejecting would be baskets while slamming the rock with authority on the other end.Shooting Guard: Dion Glover, Cedar Grove High School Glover spent time in the Atlanta area at every juncture of his career, from high school to college to the NBA. At Cedar Grove, Glover excelled as an athletic scorer, later taking his rare point scoring ability across town to Georgia Tech. At Tech, Glover had some injury problems but posted nearly 20 PPG after redshirting his freshman year. His performance was good enough to earn him a 1st round draft slot with the Hawks. Unfortunately, Glover never found his comfort zone in the NBA regular season, though he may go down as arguably the greatest NBA Summer League player in the history of such off-season events.
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