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|Stadium:||Capital One Arena|
|Colours:||Navy blue, red, silver & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Wes Unseld, Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes, Dave Bing, Walt Bellamy, Bailey Howell, Moses Malone, Micheal Jordan, Gus Johnson, Ralph Sampson, Bernard King, Mitch Richmond & Spencer Haywood|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Bobby Leonard|
|Legends:||John Wall, Elvin Hayes, Bradley Beal, Wes Unseld, Gilbert Arenas, Earl Monroe, Gus Johnson, Chris Webber, Bernard King & Antwan Jamieson|
|Retired Numbers:||5: 10, 11, 25, 41 & 45|
|NBA Championships||1: 1978|
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The Washington Wizards became the first expansion team to join the NBA in 1961, but it took 13 years before they settled in the nation’s capital city. The Wizards were formally entered into the NBA as the Chicago Packers (then became the Chicago Zephyrs in 1962-63).
In fact, they spent their first two years in Chicago, before being relocated to Baltimore where they stayed for a decade between 1963-1973 before the franchise finally called Washington home from 1973.
When the Packers moved to Baltimore another name change was on the cards as they became known as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963-73, and when they relocated to Washington they became the Capital Bullets from 1973-1974, Washington Bullets from 1974-1994 and from 1994 they rebranded themselves to become the Washington Wizards.
The Bullets drafted reasonably well in their foundation years in Baltimore as they drafted future Hall of Famers Earl Monroe in the 1967 draft with pick #2 and Wes Unseld who they also selected with pick #2 in the 1968 draft and the duo would have a key part in the Bullets history as well as having stellar NBA careers.
A few years later after acquiring the services of Monroe and Unseld, the duo would lead the Bullets to their first-ever NBA finals series in 1971, however, they couldn’t make much of it as they were swept by Milwaukee Bucks 4-0 in the series.
Midway through the 1971-72 season, the Bullets entered in a trade with the New York Knicks which saw Monroe go to the Knicks, while the Bullets would get Mike Riordan and Dave Stallworth in return. The Bullets made the playoffs during that season but fell to the Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
From there the Bullets became a postseason regulars, as they made the 1972-73 playoffs (which would be their last in Baltimore) but once again fell in the early stages. By the time the 1973-74 season rolled around, the Bullets left Baltimore for Washington and became known as the Capital Bullets, but once again they crashed out of the Eastern Conference semifinals after finishing the regular season in first place in the Central standings with a 47-35 record.
The 1976-77 NBA season saw the Capital Bullets change its name to the Washington Bullets and after a few years without playing in the playoffs, the Bullets finally broke their three-year drought when they made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals, but like the previous few years, they couldn’t quite break that curse and fell to the Houston Rockets.
But the Bullets were just gearing up as the glory days were only around the corner for the Washington team. The 1977-78 season would be the biggest one they would have. The Bullets finished the regular season in second place of the Central standings with a 44-38 win-loss record, but despite the finish, it didn’t seem to bother them.
The Bullets made light work of their playoff opponents in the first round defeating the Atlanta Hawks in two games as they advanced to the conference semifinals where they have been undone since the 1972-73 season.
However, it turns out that this new breed of the Bullets was different from previous years as there was no sign of the conference semifinal curse that had eluded them in the past as they finally progressed defeating the San Antonio Spurs in four games.
They knocked off Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals in four games, as they managed to make it to their first NBA Finals series since 1971 where they would meet the Seattle Supersonics.
From start to finish the whole series was a see-sawing affair as both sides never really dominated as by the time both teams went into game six the Supersonics were leading 3-2. It was make or break time for the Bullets, but there was no need to to worry as Greg Ballard and Bob Dandridge played an important part as the side came out comfortable winners to tie the series to 3 all defeating the Supersonics 117-82.
From there, the Bullets didn’t want to slip off the radar as Dandridge and Charles Johnson both played their hearts out as the duo hit 19 points to hand the Bullets their first NBA championship as they defeated the Supersonics 105-99 as well as winning the series 4-3. Unseld would become the Bullets hero as he was crowned the MVP throughout the finals series.
There was no sign of a “championship hangover” in the regular season as the Bullets ended the 1978-79 season on top of the Atlantic Division with 54 wins. In their first playoff series, they faced a bit of scare when they played the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals when they defeated the Hawks in four games.
They faced another scare in the East conference finals defeating the San Antonio Spurs in four games. They made back-to-back NBA finals appearances and this time they faced the Supersonics again, but unlike the previous year, the Supersonics got revenge and won the series 4-1.
After the 1980-81 season, Unseld announced his retirement as he became the Bullets number one ranked player for games played as he made 984 appearances, played 35, 832 minutes and scored 10,624 points since making his debut in 1968.
That same year the Bullets traded out Elvin Hayes who was also a much-loved son at the Bullets to Houston. The Bullets would remain competitive throughout the rest of the 80s but would never repeat their NBA Finals triumph or even head to another NBA Finals as they often made the East first round, and only missed the playoffs altogether three times.
The new decade was turned to their attention of rebuilding and even though they signed Bernard King who fully recovered from a devastating knee injury to become an All-Star player in the 1990-91 season, it still wasn’t enough as they finished fourth in the Atlantic division with 30 wins.
Now in the 1994-95 season, the Bullets still hadn’t managed to find the same rhythm they had in the 80s as they hadn’t seen the playoffs since the 1987-88 season, but they were in high spirits when they traded out Tom Gugliotta for Golden State’s Chris Webber, but that was as high as the Bullets hopes went as they finished last in their division with 21 wins.
After being in the postseason wilderness for so long, they finally broke a big hoodoo in the 1996-97 season when they managed to make a playoff appearance with 44 wins in the regular season. Ultimately though the nerves got the better of them and they crashed out of the East First Round. They didn’t make the playoffs for the rest of the 90s.
By 2002 the Wizards (they changed from the Washington Bullets to the Wizards in 1997), shocked the basketball world when they convinced six-time NBA champion player and six-time NBA Finals MVP player Micheal Jordan to come out of retirement and play for them, but that wasn’t enough as they finished with 37 wins.
The 2002-03 season would be the last for Jordan in Wizards colours, but again he couldn’t help the Wizards to a playoff spot as they once again finished with 37 wins. The Wizards had some sort of mini success during the mid-2000s as they became a competitive team to play against from 2005-2008 where they finally saw the playoffs once again and were consecutive mainstays.
The 2005 season was their best throughout that time as they signed Antwan Jamieson from the Dallas Mavericks. The Wizards finished the regular season with 45 wins. It meant they had to play in the East First Round playoffs where they defeated the Chicago Bulls in five games. They met the Miami Heat in the Eastern Semifinals but fell to Miami losing the series 4-0.
A four year span from 2014- 2018 saw the Wizards back to their best as they became postseason regulars, only missing the playoffs once in 2016. In particular, 2013-2014, 2014- 2015 and 2016-2017 seasons were the best as they managed to get to the Eastern Conference semifinals, but fell to Indiana Pacers (2014), Atlanta Hawks (2015) and Boston Celtics (2017).
Since then the Wizards have missed out on a playoff berth from 2018-2020 which included the Wizards finishing in tenth spot with 25 wins in the 2019-2020 season.
The franchise finally decided to shake things up, trading long-time star, John Wall, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook. The thought was that Westbrook’s playmaking and physical style of play would compliment Beal and help the Wizards rise up the standings.
They eventually made the postseason, losing to the Celtics in the first Play-In Game but then beating the Pacers in the eighth-seed Play-In game to qualify for the playoffs. Unfortunately they were no match for the Sixers, losing in five games in the opening round and leaving plenty of questions about the future of Beal, Westbrook and the franchise.
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The Wizards have opened with +10000 odds for the 2020-21 NBA Championship. These improved when the team traded for Russell Westbrook before the season but their terrible play early on saw their odds balloon once again. They then went on an exceptional run which saw them rise from near the bottom of the conference to qualifying for the playoffs, but their odds never improved.
This was justified as they were eliminated in just five games, sending them to the offseason earlier than they would have liked and spoiling their bettors luck. Despite having two top-20 players on their roster, there is too much uncertainty, resulting in +15000 odds for the 2022 NBA Championship.
Given their poor start to the year, expectations were lowered for the Wizrds and this resulted in them having the third best record against the spread in the league, 41-30-1. They were 19-17 at home and an impressive 22-13-1 on the road.
Given their offensive nature, with little care for defense, the Wizards had elevated total points lines set for them. This resulted in a 36-36 O/U record for the season.
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Where do the Washington Wizards play?
The Washington Wizards play their home games at the Capital One Arena.
Who owns the Washington Wizards?
Ted Leonsis is the owner of the Washington Wizards.
Have the Washington Wizards won an NBA Championship?
The Washington Wizards have won one NBA Championship, in 1978.
Who is the Washington Wizards coach?
Wes Unseld Jr. is the head coach of the Washington Wizards. Unseld Jr. was hired in the 2021 offseason after being an assistant in Denver for the last six seasons.
Do the Washington Wizards play tonight?
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What is the Washington Wizards record?
The Washington Wizards had a 34-38 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Washington Wizards win last night?
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How much are the Washington Wizards worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Washington Wizards are worth $1.75 billion.
Who do the Washington Wizards play tonight?
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How to watch the Washington Wizards?
You can watch the Washington Wizards on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or NBC Sports Washington or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Washington Wizards make the playoffs this year?
The Washington Wizards made the playoffs in the 2020-21 season after finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference standings with a 34-38 record. They lost the 7 v 8 Play-In Game to Boston but beat the Pacers in the eighth-seed elimination Play-In Game to qualify for the playoffs.
Will the Washington Wizards get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Washington Wizards received the 15th pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
When do the Washington Wizards play?
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Where did the Washington Wizards finish the season?
The Washington Wizards finished the 2020-21 NBA season in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
How many games did the Washington Wizards win?
The Washington Wizards won 34 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
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