Yesterday, John Hollinger said this:
So after seeing the topic brought up again over on PH, I looked at some of the franchise records.RT @johnhollinger: Joe Johnson's No. 2 needs to go up in rafters at Philips. There should be no debate about this.
The Hawks have only retired three numbers for playing careers: Pettit, Hudson, and 'Nique. Personally, I'd set the bar at something like (1) 10+ years with the team, (2) a good relationship with our fans, and (3) 70+ win shares, for analytics. Joe didn't meet any of those criteria. He helped get them from a laughing stock to a good five year run, but others have done that and he's outside of the Top 10 in franchise history by some stats we use to judge players today.
I say no, since other players like Mookie, Drew, and Doc had similar accomplishments and were actually loved by the fans but didn't get their jersey numbers retired. By the way, Josh has 43.4 WS in 8 seasons and Al has 34.5 WS in 4+ seasons, so both of them are on pace to reach all three criteria within the next five years, if they are still around.