Top 10 players Washington Wizards/Bullets of All-Time

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3. Gus Johnson

Seasons w/ the Bullets:

9 (1963-1972)

Stats w/ the team

17.5 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 44.1 FG%

A Bullet who many seem to forget, Gus Johnson continues a string of dominant rebounders that close out this franchises all-time ranking. One of the first players to bring huge dunks to popularity, Johnson was a power forward who could fly with the best of them. Johnson was really a modern power forward playing in the 1960s. He could run the floor, score inside or hit a medium-range jump shot. All of that paled in comparison to his defense, which helped lead the Bullets to multiple playoff births in the ’60s. Nine years with the franchise, career averages of 18/13 and 5 All-Star selections get this man a top 3 nod.

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2. Elvin Hayes

Seasons with the Bullets:

9 (1972-1981)

Stats w/ the teams

21.3 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 3.5 Stocks, 45.8 FG%

When scanning the Washington Wizards record book, two names pop up constantly. Elvin Hayes and the next player on this list dominate most of the Wizards’ all-time stats. Hayes owns more franchise records than any other player in team history, and its easy to figure out why. An unbelievable scorer with a great back-to-the-basket game, the Hall of Famer is No. 10 all time in points in NBA history with over 27,000. Furthermore, in his nine seasons as a Bullet, Hayes missed a total of seven games. Third in NBA History in minutes played, Hayes was nearly indestructible in his 16 NBA seasons, including 12 All-Star selections in those 16 years in the league. A critical part of the 1978 championship team, Hayes is simply one of the greatest NBA players of all time. The fact that he is not No. 1 on this list is more a testament to the unique playing style of the player who claimed the top spot. Hayes, for all its worth, was and still is the prototype for any GM’s dream NBA forward-center.

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1. Wes Unseld

Seasons with the Bullets:

13 (1968-1981)

Stats w/ the team

10.8 PPG, 14.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 Stocks, 50.9 FG%

His overall numbers were not as impressive as Elvin Hayes and his scoring marks pale in comparison to Walt Bellamy, Gus Johnson, Earl Monroe and many others in Wizards history, but Wes Unseld is undoubtedly the best player in franchise history. The only player to spend his entire career with the team, Unseld remained a loyal fixture of the Bullets uniform since being drafted No. 2 overall in 1968. It was the Bullets second straight No. 2 overall pick; the previous year they drafted the previously mentioned legend Earl Monroe. Like Monroe, Unseld won Rookie of the Year honors in his first season. Although, unlike Monroe—and any other player in league history besides Wilt Chamberlain—Unseld also won the NBA MVP in his rookie season after posting 13.8 PPG and 18.2 RPG over 82 games. Only three times in his NBA career did the 6’7” center have a higher scoring average than rebounding average—those all being his final three years in the NBA, which proves how unselfish of a player was, he did what he had to do in order for his team to be at their best. Simply put, Unseld was a beast and to many, he is the pioneer to the ever popular outlet pass that Kevin Love has perfected. He is absolutely the greatest player in Bullets/Wizards history.

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