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Hawks Great Lou Hudson Passes

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Former Atlanta Hawks great Lou Hudson died Friday in Atlanta.  Hudson was born in Greensboro, NC on July 11, 1944.

Hudson averaged 20.2 points per game in his 13-year NBA career.  He also snagged 4.4 rebounds, dished out 2.7 assists and shot .489 from the field and .797 from the charity stripe.

He was originally selected with the fourth pick overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1966 draft and scored the first basket in Atlanta Hawks history on October 15, 1968.  Hudson led the Hawks to the Western Division championship in 1970.

The 1969-70 season began a stretch of five consecutive years that Hudson averaged at least 24.0 points per game. In his 11 years with the Hawks, he put up 20.0 points per game or better seven times. Hudson shares the franchise single-game scoring record, having put up 57 points against Chicago on November 10, 1969.

Hudson was traded by the Hawks on September 30, 1977 to the Lakers, where he played his last two NBA seasons.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.