The 5 greatest Washington Wizards players of all time
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The 5 greatest Washington Wizards of all time

Plenty of special basketball players have suited up for the Washington Wizards franchise, which has been in existence since 1961 and undergone a few name changes.

For this piece, we take a look at the five best players in Wizards franchise history.

5. Bradley Beal

The Wizards drafted Bradley Beal with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft out of the University of Florida. The sharpshooter has appeared in over 500 games with the franchise.

So far, in his eight years in the league, he holds career averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

A two-time All-Star, Beal is first in Wizards history in 3-pointers, second in points, fourth in field goals and sixth in assists.

4. John Wall

John Wall was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft. Since making his Wizards debut, the North Carolina native has established himself as the top point guard in franchise history.

Wall has career averages of 19.0 points, 4.3 boards and 9.2 assists in 573 games with the Wizards. He’s a five-time All-Star and the Wizards’ all-time leader in assists, assists per game and steals.

Wall is also the fourth-leading scorer in organizational history. He will continue to climb up the ranks when he returns for the 2020-21 season.

3. Walt Bellamy

A Hall of Famer, Walt Bellamy put up 27.6 points and 16.6 rebounds in 327 games with the franchise. He won the 1962 Rookie of the Year Award and made four All-Star teams as well.

Bellamy was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993. He’s the Wizards’ all-time leader in minutes per game, points per game, rebounds per game, player efficiency rating and offensive win-shares.

Walt is also the ninth-leading scorer in team history.

2. Elvin Hayes

“The Big E” averaged 21.3 points, 12.7 boards and 2.4 blocks in 731 games with the franchise. Elvin Hayes helped the Washington Bullets win the 1978 title over the Seattle SuperSonics. He made the Hall of Fame in 1990.

Hayes is No. 1 in Wizards franchise history in field goals, free-throws, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds and points, having scored 15,551.

1. Wes Unseld

Just how good was Wes Unseld you ask? He was so elite that he won the 1969 Rookie of the Year and MVP Award. Unseld averaged 13.8 points and 18.2 rebounds during the 1968-69 campaign.

A Hall of Famer, Unseld put up 10.8 points, 14.0 boards and 3.9 assists in 984 games with the franchise. He was a five-time All-Star and captured his lone title in 1978. Unseld won Finals MVP as well.

“The Wide U” is the franchise leader in games, minutes played, total rebounds and win-shares. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.