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Top Ten Washington Wizards of All-Time

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The 2010/11 NBA season might be upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto.  We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Washington Wizards (Chicago Packers/Zephyrs, Baltimore/Capitol/Washington Bullets).

 

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don from With Malice, Philip from Orlando Magic Daily and Diego from Leaving It All On The Court.

10) Antawn Jamison – Washington Wizards – 2004 – 2010

Wizards accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 2005/06
- two-time NBA All-Star

“Antawn Jamison formed a deadly trio with Gilbert Arenas and Caron Butler in the mid 00′s.  What could have been.” – Jeff Fox

9) Jeff Malone – Washington Bullets – 1983 – 1990

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Bullets accomplishments:

- two-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“A scoring machine for the Bullets in the 1980s, Jeff Malone reeled off five straight 20+ point seasons for the team, culminating in a career-high 24.3 in his final season in Washington.” – Jeff Fox

8) Greg Ballard – Washington Bullets – 1977 – 1985

Bullets accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in steals
- member of 1978 Bullets NBA championship team
- NBA leader in games played in 1978/79, 1983/84 & 1984/85

“The franchise’s top ball-swiper of all-time, Greg Ballard won a NBA title with the Bullets as a rookie in 1978.” – Jeff Fox

7) Phil Chenier – Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets – 1971- 1979

Bullets accomplishments:

- member of 1978 Bullets NBA championship team
- three-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- one-time All-NBA selection

“Chenier was one of the top guards in the NBA until a back injury derailed his career and made him miss out on suiting up for the 1978 NBA Finals.” – Jeff Fox

6) Gilbert Arenas – Washington Wizards – 2003 – present

Wizards accomplishments:

- franchise all-time leader in three-pointers (made & attempted)
- NBA leader in minutes in 2005/06
- NBA leader in three-pointers (made & attempted) in 2006/07
- three-time NBA All-Star
- three-time All-NBA selection

“While Arenas has gone off the deep end the past year, he is still one of the great scorers this league has seen (at least on a year-to-year basis rather than a long span of time). Arenas could literally hit a shot from anywhere in front of the half court line and had a personality that endeared him to the fans… until last year, of course.” – Philip 

5) Earl Monroe - Baltimore Bullets – 1967 – 1971

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Bullets accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (10) retired by the franchise
- NBA leader in games played in 1969/70
- two-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Whilst Earl the Pearl is better known for being a Knick, he had better seasons statistically whilst at the Bullets.  Monroe once responded to a question (“Why are you so difficult to stop?”): “The thing is, I don’t know what I’m going to do with the ball, and if I don’t know, I’m quite sure the guy guarding me doesn’t know either.”  The original sports “Black Jesus”, Monroe modernized guard play – no-look passes, double-clutch and spin moves – that was all Earl.” – Don

“The Pearl spent the first four years of his career in Baltimore and began racking up pretty gaudy scoring numbers and increased them in the postseason, showing what he would later become in New York.” – Philip 

4) Gus Johnson – Baltimore Bullets – 1963 – 1972

Bullets accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (25) retired by the franchise
- five-time NBA All-Star
- four-time All-NBA selection
- two-time NBA All-Defensive Team
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Gus Johnson lead the Bullets to their first ever Finals appearance.  He averaged a double-double for eight straight seasons with the Bullets.” – Don

3) Walt Bellamy – Chicago Packers/Zephyrs/Baltimore Bullets – 1961 – 1965

Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- NBA leader in games played in 1962/63, 1964/65 & 1965/66
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1961/62
- four-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year

“Walt Bellamy had one the best Rookie seasons in the history of the NBA.  31.6 points per, and 19.0 rebounds – also leading the NBA in FG% for that season.  In his four years as a Bullet, Bellamy averaged – AVERAGED - 27.6ppg/16.6 rpg across 327 games.  Guy was a beast.” – Don

2) Elvin Hayes – Baltimore/Capitol/Washington Bullets - 1972 – 1981

Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (11) retired by the franchise
- franchise all-time leader in field goals (made & attempted), free throws (made & attempted), offensive & defensive rebounds, blocks & points
- member of the 1978 Bullets NBA championship team
- third all-time in minutes played in NBA history
- sixth all-time in field goals made in NBA history
- fourth all-time in field goals attempted in NBA history
- fourth all-time in total rebounds in NBA history
- seventh all-time in points in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1978/79
- NBA leader in minutes in 1973/74 & 1976/77
- NBA leader in rebounds (offensive, defensive & total) in 1973/74
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1973/74
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1973/74
- eight-time NBA All-Star
- six-time All-NBA selection
- two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“Hayes’ resume at Baltimore/Washington is quite impressive.  Eight All-Star selections, All-NBA 1st and 2nd Team three times each and a pair of All-Defensive 2nd Team selections – nothing to be sneezed at.  But more importantly, with Wes Unseld the Big E brought a championship to Washington, a city not well known for prowess on the field of play.” – Don

“Hayes came to the Capitol Bullets and dropped a 21.4/18.0 season. Hayes was the leading scorer on the Bullets’ 1978 NBA Championship team, where he averaged 21.8 points per game and a playoff-best 13.3 rebounds per game.” – Philip 

1) Wes Unseld – Baltimore/Capitol/Washington Bullets – 1968 – 1981

Bullets accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (41) retired by the franchise
- franchise all-time leader in games, total rebounds & assists
- member of the 1978 Bullets NBA championship team
- tenth all-time in total rebounds in NBA history
- sixth all-time in rebounds per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1969/70
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1975/76
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1974/75
- five-time NBA All-Star
- one-time NBA MVP
- one-time Finals MVP
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- one-time All-NBA selection
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Standing at 6-foot-7, Unseld was often one of the biggest players on the court in terms of imposing defensive fear in the eyes of his opponents. He may also be the best screen-setter of all time.” – Diego Quezada 

“Whilst Elvin Hayes achieved more statistically, it’s truly Wes Unseld that was key in turning Baltimore into a winning franchise.  He quite literally exploded into the NBA, averaging 13.8 ppg and 18.2 rpg – All Star, Rookie of the Year, and MVP (one of only two to ever win both – Wilt Chamberlain being the other).  In his first five seasons with the then Bullets, Unseld never averaged worse than 12.5/15.9.” – Don

“Possessor of perhaps the best outlet pass in league history. His numbers never really stood out as much as you would think, but he was the key cog in the 1978 championship, providing the defense while Hayes ran the offense.” – Philip 

 

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City/Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah.

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