The Washington Wizards is an American professional basketball team founded in Washington, D.C., and the team competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Washington Wizards plays their home matches at the Verizon Center in the neighborhoods of Chinatown in Washington, D.C. The team is a member of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division league, and the franchise was created in 1961 as Chicago Packers in Chicago, Illinois. The team was later renamed Chicago Zephyrs before relating to Baltimore, Maryland in 1963 where it became the Baltimore Bullets. In 1973, the team moved to Washington Metropolitan Area where they changed their name to Washington Bullets and later rebranded themselves in 1997 as the Wizards.
Washington Wizards managed to secure its first division title in the 1978-79 seasons by winning the Southeast Division, as well as tallying its most excellent regular season record by finishing 54-28. The Washington Wizards is the first team ever in the history of the NBA to win more than forty-nine games in a season, and it’s the first team to reach 15 games above .5000 after starting the season at a worse 2-8. Washington Wizards also finished the 2016-17 season having the 6th best winning percentage in the entire franchise history.
Some of the best players the team has had over time include Wes Unseld who is the only player to have spent his whole career with the Wizards. He was drafted as No. 2 in 1968 and remained a loyal fixture, and he was, without a doubt, the greatest player in the team’s history. He won Rookie of the Year honors in the first season he was drafted, as well as winning the NBA MVP during his Rookie season. Other great players include Elvin Hayes who played a critical role in the 1978 championship team. Gus Johnson was a force to reckon with on the boards during the 1960-70s. Walt Bellamy twenty year spanning with the team led the Hall of Fame in 1981. Gilbert Arenas was with the team between 2005 and 2007 and was named a legitimate start in the All-Star NBA Game for all the three seasons alongside other great legendary players.
Washington Wizard’s greatest rival in the NBA has been the Cleveland Cavaliers; however, this rivalry has since cooled down. Between 2006 and 2008, the Wizards fell to Cavaliers during the first round of the playoffs three straight times. The team pushed the Cavaliers to 6 matches in 2006, and the Cavalier revenge in 2007, although the Wizards pushed the Cavaliers to 6 matches in 2008. The 2015-2016 season was not so successful for the team as they finished 10th in the Eastern Conference and missing the playoffs with a record 41-41. In the 2016-17 season, the Washington Wizards started with a 2-8 record finishing 49-33 third behind Toronto Raptors at 51-30, followed by Cleveland Cavaliers, and Bolton Celtics in the first place. The Washington Wizards played Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round of the playoffs for the Eastern Conference by defeating them six matches behind a 42 point match 6 performances from the guards Bradley Beal and John Wall.