The Hawks’ search for a second import to go with Melvin Thomas at the beginning of ’92 dragged on through the entire pre-season before coach Dave Lindstrom stumbled across the prodigious Overton.
The 185cm point guard had been drafted into the NBA but was told to play overseas for a season and try his luck the following year.
His one and only season with the Hawks was a weekly highlight reel, with Overton leading his side into the play-offs after averaging 24 points, 6.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals.After being selected in the All-NBL’s first team, Overton headed back to the US and played 11 seasons in the NBA..
A smooth, multi-skilled southpaw, Thomas arrived at the Snakepit amid little hype at the start of the 1992 season. By the time he was done, his night-in, night-out production ensured him a place in the club’s record books.