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The Best Washington Wizards of All Time 

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A list of the best Washington Wizards of all time. Originally the Chicago Packers, the NBA's first expansion team, the Bullets moved to Baltimore before the 1963 season. After a few lean years in Baltimore, the Bullets started to have some success, drafting some of the best players in team history. These teams were constant contenders and featured Hall of Fame players like Wes Unseld, the only player to win the MVP award as a Bullet, Walt Bellamy and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. From the late 1960s through late 1970s were a decade of dominance for the Bullets. They were a consistent playoff threat and won a NBA title behind some of the best players in team history in 1978. Overall, the Bullets made the Finals four times in the 1970s 

In 1997, the team changed its name from the Bullets to the Wizards. While the Wizards haven't had too much success in recent years, the team has had its fair share of great players on its roster. Even the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, playing his final days in Washington, the team had trouble mustering a playoff threat.

At one point, superstar guard GIlbert Arenas was one of the best players in the league. Arenas was one of the most prolific scorers in the league and along with Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler, made the team a perennial playoff team in the mid 2000s. This trio is considered one of the best Wizards history.

Today, the Wizards hopes are pinned to star point guard John Wall, the number one overall pick in the 2010 draft. Wall is one of the most exciting players in the league and has the potential to be one of the best in the NBA.

This is the list of the best Washington Wizards of all time. If you notice a player missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest Washington Bullets/Wizards player ever.
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John Wall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Age: 29

Number: 2

Teams: Washington Wizards

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Wes Unseld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Center from Louisville, Kentucky

Age: 73

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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Elvin Hayes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Power forward and Center from Rayville, Louisiana

Age: 74

Teams: Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

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Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Florida, United States of America

Age: 37

Teams: Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

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Bradley Beal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
bigulcards added Shooting guard from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Age: 26

Number: 3

Teams: Washington Wizards

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 46

Teams: Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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Earl Monroe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time

Age: 75

Teams: Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks

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Moses Malone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Power forward and Center from Virginia

Age: 64

Teams: Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, + more

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Bernard King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 63

Teams: Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

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Antawn Jamison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from USA, Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 43

Number: 4

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 56

Teams: Washington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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Caron Butler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Small forward from Racine, Wisconsin

Age: 39

Number: 5

Teams: Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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Walt Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Power forward and Center from New Bern, North Carolina

Age: Dec. at 74 (1939-2013)

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons, + more

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Rod Strickland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 53

Teams: Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, + more

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Bob Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Richmond, Virginia

Age: 72

Teams: Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

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Juwan Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 46

Number: 5

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

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Gus Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Small forward and Center from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: Dec. at 49 (1938-1987)

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

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Manute Bol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center from Turalei, Sudan

Age: Dec. at 48 (1962-2010)

Teams: Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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Phil Chenier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Point guard from Berkeley, California

Age: 69

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Golden State Warriors

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Jeff Malone is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Jeff Malone Shooting guard from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat

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Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
harmoni added Small forward from St. Louis, Missouri

Age: 26

Number: 22

Teams: Chicago Bulls

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Jerry Stackhouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Kinston, North Carolina, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 42

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

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Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
bigulcards added Center from Łódź, Poland

Age: 35

Number: 4

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic

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Richard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
bigulcards added Point guard and Shooting guard from Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Age: 41

Number: 32

Teams: Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons

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Nenê is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Washington Wizards of All Time
AdamMateoMartin added Power forward and Center from São Carlos, Brazil

Age: 37

Number: 42

Teams: Houston Rockets

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