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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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  • Wes Unseld1
    628
    201

    Age73

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets

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    #18 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#32 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked

  • Bradley Beal2
    502
    114

    Bradley Beal

    Shooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Number3

    TeamsWashington Wizards

  • Elvin Hayes3
    598
    201

    Elvin Hayes

    Power forward, Center

    Age74

    BirthplaceRayville, Louisiana

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, San Diego Rockets

  • Gilbert Arenas4
    573
    202

    Gilbert Arenas

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceFlorida, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

  • Earl Monroe5
  • Moses Malone6
    349
    105

    Moses Malone

    Power forward, Center

    Age64

    BirthplaceVirginia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets

  • John Wall7
    817
    375

    John Wall

    Point guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

    TeamsWashington Wizards

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    #47 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#3 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

  • Bernard King8
    301
    100

    Bernard King

    Small forward

    Age64

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks

  • Chris Webber9
    378
    148

    Chris Webber

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Detroit Pistons

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    #1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time#28 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time

  • Michael Jordan10
    581
    226

    Michael Jordan

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age56

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Chicago Bulls

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  • Antawn Jamison11
    238
    112

    Antawn Jamison

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age43

    BirthplaceShreveport, Louisiana, United States of America

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors

  • Caron Butler12
    210
    79

    Caron Butler

    Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceRacine, Wisconsin

    Number5

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

  • Gus Johnson13
    115
    45

    Gus Johnson

    Small forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 49 (1938-1987)

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Baltimore Bullets

  • Rod Strickland14
    122
    55

    Rod Strickland

    Point guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

  • Bob Dandridge15
    129
    60

    Bob Dandridge

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age72

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Manute Bol16
    229
    90

    AgeDec. at 48 (1962-2010)

    BirthplaceTuralei, Sudan

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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    #6 of 50 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#13 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Walt Bellamy17
    130
    66

    Walt Bellamy

    Power forward, Center

    AgeDec. at 74 (1939-2013)

    BirthplaceNew Bern, North Carolina

    TeamsAtlanta Hawks, Baltimore Bullets, New Orleans Jazz, Chicago Zephyrs, Detroit Pistons

  • Phil Chenier18
    111
    52

    Phil Chenier

    Point guard

    Age69

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Baltimore Bullets, Golden State Warriors

  • Juwan Howard19
    123
    81

    Juwan Howard

    Power forward, Center

    Age46

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number5

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets

  • Jerry Stackhouse20
    159
    92

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age45

    BirthplaceKinston, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number42

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons

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    #70 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#108 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

  • Jeff Malone21
    96
    59

    Jeff Malone

    Shooting guard

    Age58

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsUtah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat

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    #28 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s#21 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s

  • Otto Porter Jr.22
    125
    78

    Otto Porter Jr.

    Small forward

    Age26

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Number22

    TeamsChicago Bulls

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    #52 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time#102 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • Richard Hamilton23
    114
    58

    Richard Hamilton

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age41

    BirthplaceCoatesville, Pennsylvania

    Number32

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Detroit Pistons

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    #3 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#27 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

  • Larry Hughes24
    71
    37

    Larry Hughes

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age40

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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    #100 of 120 The Fastest NBA Players of All Time#810 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Gheorghe Mureșan25

    Age48

    BirthplaceTritenii de Jos, Romania

    TeamsWashington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets

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    #105 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History#85 of 146 The Best European NBA Players of All Time