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Yesterday, the NBA made the incredible move of retiring the No. 6 to honor the late-great Bill Russell. The Boston Celtics legend is the winningest player in league history, yet his biggest accomplishments came off the court through his leadership.

The NBA will allow players already wearing No. 6 (such as LeBron James) to be grandfathered. Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Lou Williams wore the No. 6 during his time with the team. However, his contract expired, which makes the veteran sixth man an unrestricted free agent, and the last Hawks player to ever wear No. 6.

The Hawks organization was founded in 1946 and has called four cities home since that time. Today we remember all 19 players to wear the No. 6 for the Hawks.

Los Angeles Lakers center Ray Felix (14) in action against St. Louis Hawks forward Cliff Hagan (16) during the 1961 playoffs at the L.A. Sports Arena.
Atlanta Hawks guard Mario West (6) against the Charlottte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats won 109-100.
Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich (6) dribbles the ball against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Hawks 96-82.

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