Jacques Dominique Wilkins (born 12 January 1960) is a retired American professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Wilkins was a nine-time NBA All-Star, and one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname The Human Highlight Film. In 2006, Wilkins was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
A nine-time NBA All-Star and the winner of two NBA slam dunk contests, Wilkins registered 26,668 points and 7,169 rebounds in his NBA career. As of 2014, he ranks 12th on the NBA scoring list.
Wilkins’s nickname was the “The Human Highlight Film” for his athletic ability and highlight reel dunks. His trademark dunk was a powerful one- or two-handed windmill, dunks he used to capture the slam dunk contest titles in 1985 and 1990. As a basketball player he was known as an acrobatic scorer, somewhat of a gunner, though an outstanding finisher and one of the greatest dunkers in NBA history.
His #21 jersey was retired by the Hawks on January 13, 2001. He is one of four players whose jerseys have been retired by the Hawks.
Career highlights and awards
9× NBA All Star (1986–1994)
All-NBA First Team (1986)
4× All-NBA Second Team (1987–1988, 1991, 1993)
2× All-NBA Third Team (1989, 1994)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1983)
NBA scoring champion (1986)
2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion (1985, 1990)
Atlanta Hawks all-time leading scorer
No. 21 retired by Atlanta Hawks
Euroleague champion (1996)
Euroleague Final Four MVP (1996)
Greek Cup champion (1996)
Greek Cup MVP (1996)
Second-team All-American – NABC, UPI (1982)
Third-team All-American – AP (1982)
SEC Player of the Year (1981)