The Atlanta Hawks retired the number 44 Pete Maravich jersey at halftime during the game on March 3, 2017. ‘Pistol’ Pete Maravich is now the fifth player in Hawks’ franchise history to have his number retired.
Pistol Pete’s number 44 was unveiled in the rafters of Philips Arena joining Hawks’ greats Bob Pettit, Lou Hudson, Dominique Wilkins, and Dikembe Mutombo.
Pete’s wife, Jackie, and their son Josh Maravich spoke during the ceremony. Josh said, “Whenever I hear his name my heart tingles. As long as there is an NBA, there will be a Pistol Pete Maravich.”
Jackie Maravich said, “This will be his last jersey retired and this cements his greatness.”
Pete wore his famous number 44 Atlanta Hawks jersey for 302 games and averaged 24.3 points per game, 5.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.
Despite only playing three years at LSU, Pete’s college record of 3,667 career points is a record unlikely to be broken any time soon. He also averaged 44.2 points per game and led men’s college basketball scoring for three straight years.
Pete Maravich died of a heart attack on January 5, 1988 while playing a pick-up game of basketball at only 40 years of age.