Injuries continued to bite the Bullets as key players Rex Chapman and Calbert Cheaney (the club's first-round draft pick) missed significant stretches, and Ellison missed almost the entire season. [53] The Wizards advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Indiana Pacers.

In February 1973, the team announced its pending move 30 miles (50 km) southwest to the Capital Centre in Landover, a Washington, D.C. suburb, and became the Capital Bullets.

Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. Jordan announced he would return for the 2002–03 season, and this time he was determined to be equipped with reinforcements, as he traded for All-Star Jerry Stackhouse and signed budding star Larry Hughes. On June 20, the Wizards sent Rashard Lewis and a pick to the Hornets for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.[46].

Strickland led the league in assists (10.5 apg) before suffering an injury near the end of the season. Their first-round match-up with Cleveland was widely seen as the most evenly matched series in the 2006 NBA Playoffs. Bright spots of the season included the selection of Rasheed Wallace in the 1995 NBA draft and the All-Star play of Howard.

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Webber averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, but declined surgery for his dislocated shoulder. The colors were also used by Leonsis' other franchises, the Capitals and the Mystics, who adopted to those colors in 2007 and 2011, respectively. They would lose game 5 by 21 points.

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Etan Thomas beat out Haywood for the starting center job. The 2004–05 season saw the team (now in the new Southeast Division) post its best regular-season record in 26 years (45–37) and marked the first time the franchise had ever made the playoffs as the Wizards.

They finished with a 31–51 record despite stellar seasons by Jeff Malone and Bernard King, who averaged 24.3 and 22.3 points per game respectively to lead the team. Yet in Games 5 and 6, the Cavs would take control of the series, both games decided by one point in overtime. They were behind most of game 6, but battled back to take the lead late in the game. Wes Unseld retired and Elvin Hayes was traded to the Houston Rockets the following season. Washington, boasting the league's tallest player (Mureșan, whose height is 7 feet 7 inches or 231 centimetres), two very athletic forwards (Howard and Webber) and one of the league's top point guards (Rod Strickland), started the 1996–97 season at 22–24.

In the first round of the playoffs, they survived a seven-game series against the Buffalo Braves as both teams won all of their games at home. Price. On April 2, 2014, the Wizards defeated the Boston Celtics by a score of 118–92 to clinch the team's first playoff berth since the 2007–08 season.

Age and injuries finally caught up with the Bullets. For the 2017–18 season, The Wizards would play their next season in the newly named Capital One Arena. In the 1979–80 season, they barely made the playoffs as they captured the sixth and final playoff spot via a tiebreaker despite posting a 39–43 record. The team sent Juwan Howard, Obinna Ekezie and Calvin Booth to the Dallas Mavericks. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC.

A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. Following the season, Jerry Stackhouse, Christian Laettner, and a first-round draft pick (which turned out to be University of Wisconsin–Madison point guard Devin Harris) were all traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Antawn Jamison. The Wizards won game one 102–96.