Top 5 Point Guards in Washington Wizards Franchise’s History
5. Archie Clark
One of the most underrated players in NBA history, Archie Clark enjoyed 3 successful season with this franchise. During those years, Archie put up a stat line of 19.6 points, 6.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds on a solid 48 percent from the floor. A fun fact about this dude is that he was one of the first effective practitioners of the crossover dribble, which inspired his nickname “Shake and Bake.” He was one of the few unknown pioneers that made the NBA a more flashy and entertaining league. Something all fans can appreciate him for. Interestingly enough, in 1992, Archie Clark co-founded the National Basketball Retired Players Association with Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. Cool stuff, Clark takes the fifth spot on this list of Bullets/Wizards point guard greats.
4. Rod Strickland
One of the most underrated point guards of his era, Strickland was a god-send. After the frustration of having to rely on Brent Price and Robert Pack, the Bullets sent a promising young power forward in Rasheed Wallace and veteran Mitchell Butler to the Trail Blazers for Rod Strickland and Harvey Grant.
He was able to right the ship immediately, helping to lead the young Bullets to the playoffs where they were swept by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. But Strickland’s ability to direct traffic and distribute, along with his uncanny ability to get to the rim, rates him as the best pure distributor the Bullets/Wizards organization has ever had. During his time with the team, Strickland averaged 15.5 points, 8.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Not too shabby.
3. Gilbert Arenas
I loved watching this dude in the mid-2000s. Gilbert Arenas deserves all the credit for putting the Washington Wizards back on the map after being the laughing stock for a half decade, if not more. An elite scorer with a knack for taking, and often hitting, buzzer-beater threes, Arenas was a sight to behold night in and night out. In averaging 25.5, 29.3 and 28.4 from 2005-2007, Arenas was a legitimate star and was named to an All-NBA tram all three seasons.
His fearless attitude and explosiveness on the offensive end put him in that rarefied air of NBA superstar guards like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. Nevertheless, this incredible production did not last. Arenas got involved in a number of off-the-court issues that ultimately hurt his career and his image in the eyes of Wizard fans with whom he had once so closely connected. It’s easy to put Gilbert in a dark light because of the way his career end, but I like to remember the good days. With that said, I will rank him number three here and I feel comfortable with it.