Washington Wizards legend Wes Unseld dies at 74

The Washington Wizards lost one of its very few legends.

Wes Unseld passed away on Tuesday due to pneumonia. He was 74 at the time of his passing.

Unseld was a five-time All-Star for the Washington Bullets, with which he spent his entire career with. He is also a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

A legend in DC

Unseld was a mainstay at center for the DC-based team dating back when the team was named the Baltimore Bullets. 

He achieved the rare Rookie-MVP feat in the 1968-69 season when he was named the NBA MVP and the Rookie of the Year. Unseld averaged 13.8 points per game and an astonishing 18.2 rebounds per game during that season. 

The Bullets won the  NBA title in 1978 with Unseld named the NBA Finals MVP.  

Unseld wasn't a volume scorer. He was more of a rebounding monster as he collected the scraps for his teammates in a transition-type offense. Another underrated skill of his is his passing game.

Life after basketball

Unseld assumed front office positions when he retired in 1981.

He and became the Wizards team vice president immediately after. He was named head coach midway through the 1987-88 season.

Unseld coached Washington for six-plus years and stepped down after the 1993-94 season before assuming a the role of general manager from 1996-2003. 

Rest In Peace Wes Unseld

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