By Cardell Dudley
Back in the 70's the Washington Bullets (Now called the Wizards) was a CHAMPIONSHIP contending team in the NBA. During that great period, the Bullets made four trips to the NBA Finals, finally winning in 1978. And the unquestioned heart and soul of the Bullets during that period...was Wes Unseld. Unseld came to the Bullets after being drafted 2nd in the 1968 NBA Draft following an All American career at the University of Louisville where he averaged 20.6 points and 18.9 rebounds per game. At 6'7 245 pounds, Unseld was one of the first undersized big men who thrived in the NBA. In Unseld's first season, he won NBA Rookie of the Year and MVP, only the second player ever (Wilt Chamberlain) to do so, while also leading the Bullets to the division title. Unseld, wasn't the most athletic, however he more than made up for it with toughness, great skill set and a high I.Q. Throughout his career he became a walking double-double and became the perfect compliment to Elvin Hayes as they formed one of the great front courts in NBA history. Unseld 10.8 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game over his Hall of Fame career. Take a look below at the great Wes Unseld doing work below.
Unseld being named to the 1968 NCAA All American team
Wes Unseld career retrospective