General Images during the 2019 Atlanta Sports Awards on Thursday, June 20, 2019 in Atlanta. Paul Abell via Abell Images for Atlanta Sports Awards)

Former NBA star and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Dikembe Mutombo was honored as the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Coca-Cola. Known as one of the greatest shot blockers and defensive players of all time, Mutombo led the NBA in blocked shots for five consecutive seasons and blocks per game for a record three consecutive seasons. During his five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (1996-2001), Mutombo led the team to the playoffs three times, made three All-Star Game appearances, and was twice named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. He is one of only three players to record over 1,000 blocks as a Hawk and ranks third in franchise history for rebounds per game. The Atlanta Sports Council recognized many more Georgia’s outstanding athletes, coaches, teams and community contributors during its 14th annual Atlanta Sports Awards ceremony at The Foundry at Puritan Mill on June 20th.