Before an exploding entrance and career in the NBA, Dominique Wilkins earned his knick name while still in college. With an overabundance of brilliant plays during his time in college at Georgia, Wilkins was dubbed the “Human Highlight Film.” The name “Human Highlight Film” was earned during Wilkins’ time at Georgia with an overabundance of brilliant individual plays.
January 12, 1960 marked the birth of Jacques Dominique Wilkins in Paris, France, where his father was stationed while with the Air Force. He attended high school in Washington, North Carolina, and then went on to attend college at Georgia. Over three seasons Dominique averaged 21.6 points. In 1982, after his junior year, he entered the NBA Draft. With the third overall pick, he was selected by the Utah Jazz, but refused to sign with them. In September 1982 a deal was made with Atlanta Hawks for John Drew, Freeman Williams and cash in exchange for Wilkins.
Averaging 17.5 ppg as a rookie, Dominique was an instant hit for the Hawks. He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1983. Wilkins went on to play a big part in the Hawks’ success in the 1980s. Starting an extraordinary streak in his second season, Wilkins would average above 20 points per game for 11 consecutive seasons. He went on to be named to seven All-NBA teams and nine consecutive All-Star squads and is a two-time winner of the NBA Slam-Dunk Championship (beating Michael Jordan for this title in 1985).
On January 13, 2001 the Atlanta Hawks retired Dominique Wilkins’ number 21.