When The Hawks signed Dikembe Mutombo as a free agent in 1996 he was just coming off being named Defensive Player of the Year.
Mutombo’s defensive dominance continued as a Hawk, winning Defensive Player of the Year in 1996-97 and again in 1997-98. Mutombo was four-time All-Star, an All-NBA Second Team selection (2001).
A two-time All-NBA Third Team selection (1998, 2002), and a three-time All-NBA Defensive First Team. Mutombo ranks second in NBA history with 3,289 blocked shots. And Mutombo was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.