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History of The Washington Wizards of The NBA

The Washington Wizards are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team that plays out of Washington, D.C. This team was formed back in 1961 with their first name being the Chicago Packers. They then changed the name to the Chicago Zephyrs in 1962. After playing 10 seasons in Baltimore their new name became the Capital Bullets in 1973-74.

They made reasonable progress in the Wes Unseld era. With the talented rebounder and scorer Elvin Hayes, Unseld made a huge impact on the team winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards.

A Brief History of Washington Wizards Victories & Performance

Washington Wizards made it to their first NBA Finals in the 1970-71 season, beating the New York Knicks in the semi-finals. Their progress in the 70s era was exceptional as even after the trades of the big names they were still considered playoff contenders.

During the 1972-72 season, Washington went on to win the Central Division title for the third straight year. In the 1977-78 season with Elivn Hayes and Wes Unseld, the Washington Bullets went on to win the NBA Championship for the first time in 36 years.

The run continued in the 80s where Bullets managed to win 35 games in each of 22 consecutive years and in 1995-96 they registered their highest win total in seven years.

In 1996 things changed for them losing badly in the next eight seasons.

In the year 2000, Michael Jordan became minority owner and the President of Basketball operations of the team however Jordan was not retained as the president due to poor management decisions.

With the presence of John Wall, the Wizards made it back to the playoffs in the 2013-14 season. With the brilliant point guard John Wall, the Wizards won the First Division title in 38 years.

In 1995, the owner of the team, Abe Pollin decided to change the name of the team from Bullets to Wizards because he was uncomfortable with the nickname Bullets due to the increasing crime rate in the early 1990s in Washington, D.C.

The Downfall of The Wizards & Michael Jordan Comeback

The Washington Wizards performed really well in the NBA until the 1997-98 season. That season a bizarre run for the team started as they won 4 games to end the season but failed to make the playoffs.

From 1997-2001, Washington Wizards performance declined and the Michael Jordan era started. Jordan made his comeback to the NBA after he had retired in early 1999 from the Chicago Bulls.

Michael Jordan was one of the only two players to average more than 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. But all that ended quickly for him as he got injured and failed to play the full season and ended up the season on the injured list.

Washington Wizards present coach is Scott Brooks and the General Manager is Ernie Grunsfeld. Washington Wizards has won four Conference titles and seven Division titles. The retired numbers of the team are 10, 11, 25 and 41 respectively.

Washington Wizards’ Names Throughout the Years

Team Name Year
Chicago Packers 1961-62
Chicago Zephyrs 1962-1963
Baltimore Bullets 1963-73
Capital Bullets 1973-74
Washington Bullets 1974-97
Washington Wizards 1997- Present

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