NBA: All-Time Starting 5 Of the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards is one of the oldest teams in the NBA, starting in 1961 as the Chicago Packers. After just a season, the Packers changed their name to the Chicago Zephyrs but the team only lasted in the city for just one more year.
The franchise relocated to Baltimore and they were known as the Bullets. But after just ten seasons the team had to change their name again, this time they were known as the Capital Bullets. It was done because the team moved to the Washington metropolitan area.
However, the name changes did not stop there as the team became the Washington Bullets in 1973. The Bullets lasted until 1997 when they became the Washington Wizards. Throughout the years, the franchise has made the playoffs 29 times during their history.
In 29 postseason appearances, the Wizards have made it to four NBA Finals but only won one in 1978. So, without further ado, here are the players who made it to the team’s all-time starting five.
Guard – John Wall
The only active player who made this list, John Wall has been with the Wizards since 2010 when he was drafted first overall. Wall has led the Wizards to the playoffs four times during his career, reaching the Conference Semifinals twice. He is already five-time All-Star and more selections are sure to come.
In the Wizards all-time leaderboards, Wall ranks fourth in points and minutes played, first in assists and steals, and fifth in three-pointers made. Injuries have plagued Wall during his career and there is always the looming possibility of a trade. Nevertheless, he is already an all-time great Wizard.
Honourable Mention: Earl Monroe
Before he became an all-time great with the New York Knicks, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe played the first four seasons of his career with the Baltimore Bullets.
Monroe won the 1968 Rookie of the Year Award, leading the team to three playoff appearances. He helped the Bullets make the 1971 NBA Finals but they got swept by the powerhouse Milwaukee Bucks in four games.