27 Facts About Washington Wizards


Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D C The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

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Team now known as the Washington Wizards began playing as the Chicago Packers in 1961, as the NBA's first expansion team, an expansion prompted by Abe Saperstein's American Basketball League.

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Washington Wizards helped the Bullets reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

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Washington Wizards was eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in three games in the playoffs.

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That same year the Washington Wizards moved to the then MCI Center, now called Capital One Arena, which is home to the Capitals and the Georgetown Hoyas men's college basketball team.

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The Washington Wizards replaced Jordan's managerial role with general manager Ernie Grunfeld.

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Arenas and Jamison were both named to the 2005 Eastern Conference All-Star team, marking the first time Washington Wizards had two players in the All-Star game since Jeff Malone and Moses Malone represented the Bullets in the 1987 All-Star Game.

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The Washington Wizards blew a 14-point first-quarter lead, then for 24 minutes, from early in the second quarter to early in the fourth, neither team led by more than five points at any time.

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The Washington Wizards blew a seven-point lead with just under 5 to play and needed Arenas to hit a 31-footer at the end of regulation to take the game to overtime.

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Washington Wizards signed Oleksiy Pecherov, the team's first-round pick in 2006, as well as 2007 picks Nick Young and Dominic McGuire.

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The Washington Wizards did not re-sign guard Roger Mason, who signed with the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Washington Wizards added guards Dee Brown and Juan Dixon, and drafted JaVale McGee 18th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft.

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The Washington Wizards issued a statement condemning the players' pregame stunt as "unacceptable".

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Three days later, the Washington Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and obtained Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal.

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Washington Wizards's contract was immediately bought out, making him a free agent.

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Washington Wizards had previously purchased the Washington Capitals and Mystics from the Pollin family.

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Washington Wizards has written a manifesto of 101 changes he hopes to implement during his ownership, including changing the team's colors back to the red, white and blue of the Bullets era, and possibly changing the team nickname back to 'Bullets' as well.

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Washington Wizards's announcement made him the first openly gay member of a North American team sport.

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The Washington Wizards managed to take the first game in the series, but suffered the loss of Wall due to a fractured wrist.

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The Washington Wizards went on to win the next two games to close out the series at home behind stellar play from their backcourt of Wall and Beal who dropped a combined 73 points in the closeout Game 6 win.

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The Washington Wizards went through injuries, including Dwight Howard playing 9 games before missing the rest of the season due to back problems and losing John Wall who underwent a season-ending surgery on his left Achilles which he injured while recovering from a previous injury, while trading Kelly Oubre Jr.

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Alongside other front office moves, the Washington Wizards selected Japanese player Rui Hachimura with their 9th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, as well as acquiring the Philadelphia 76ers' draft rights to 42nd pick Admiral Schofield in a trade.

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In December 2020, the Washington Wizards traded John Wall and a first-round draft pick to the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook.

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The Wizards acquired All-Star Kristaps Porzingis in a trade for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, a sharpshooter whose 5-year, $80 million contract yielded lackluster results during his time in Washington.

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In 2007, the Washington Wizards made minor modifications on their team jerseys and logos.

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Washington Wizards kept their existing uniforms when Nike took over as uniform supplier in 2017.

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Washington Wizards hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.

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