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Top 9 Washington Wizards of All Time

Top 10 Washington Wizards of All Time!
Publish Date: 06/12/2021
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9) Jeff Malone

Malone played seven full seasons with the team, and from his third NBA campaign until his last season with the Bullets (1989-90), he averaged 20 or more points per game. And he saved his best for last with the Bullets, posting a career-high 24.3 scoring average in that 1989-90 season.

8) Greg Ballard

13.5 points he averaged as a Bullet—including back-to-back seasons of 18 points or more—and an NBA championship ring. Ballard was dependable and durable and was a huge part in bringing the city of Washington an NBA Title.

7) Gilbert Arenas

Arenas scored at a high rate at the beginning of his career averaging 25.5, 29.3, and 28.4 from 2005-2007, Arenas was a legitimate star and was named All-NBA all three seasons. Unfortunately for the Wizards, the production dropped off from there as Arenas had a myriad of off-court issues.

6) Walt Bellamy

Bellamy was the first pick in franchise history and at the time the team was located in Chicago. Bellamy recorded 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds per game, perhaps the most ridiculous rookie year in NBA history. He was of course, with those numbers named the Rookie of the Year in 1961.

5) Gus Johnson

With career averages of 16.2 points and 12.1 rebounds, Johnson was a dominant force on the boards in the 1960s and ’70s. To say the Bullets of the 70s were tough on the glass would be a huge understatement.

4) Phil Chenier

Chenier posted five straight seasons in which he averaged 19.7 points per game or more, Chenier was a workhorse on the offensive end for Washington. That he also averaged 1.6 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds over his career proved his willingness to contribute in all facets of the game. He was a complete player who made any team he was on better.

3) Earl Monroe

The Pearl was a fan favorite and in 1967, Monroe won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after putting up 24.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 4.3 assists. He was only with the franchise for four years but those were the best 4 years of his career, before going to the Knicks.

2) Wes Unseld

Unseld was a beast he averaged 14 rebounds a game for his career and he was only 6’7″! His numbers may not be as impressive as others on this list but he was one of the best big men in the NBA for a decade.

1) Elvin Hayes

Hayes in his nine seasons as a Bullet, Hayes missed a total of seven games. He scored over 27,000 points in his career and was one of the best in the game with his back to the basket.

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