The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association. In 1978, they won their first and only NBA Championship title. In addition to that, they have also made it to four Conference Titles.

Team Profile

The Washington Wizards also known simply as Washington or the Wizards, were established in 1961. They play in the National Basketball Association in the Eastern Conference and the Southeast Division.

Their current home arena is Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Their team colors are navy blue, red, silver, and white. They are affiliated with the Capital City Go-Go in the NBA G League.

As of 2024, the team’s Head Coach is Brian Keefe (interim).

The team has undergone several name changes including the Chicago Packers from 1961–1962, Chicago Zephyrs from 1962–1963, Baltimore Bullets from 1963–1973, Capital Bullets from 1973–1974, Washington Bullets from 1974–1997, and finally, the Washington Wizards from 1997 to the present.

Country United States United States
City Washington D.C.
Founded 1961
Ground Capital One Arena
Nickname The Wizards
Coach Brian Keefe (Interim)

The team is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment with Ted Leonsis serving as Chairman/CEO. The General Manager is Will Dawkins while the Franchise President is Michael Winger.


In the 1965 NBA playoffs, the Bullets surprised the St. Louis Hawks 3-1 and reached the Western Conference finals.

In the late 1960s, the Bullets was comprised of two Hall of FamersEarl Monroe and Wes Unseld. Due to this, the performance of the team was elevated from 36 wins in the previous season to 57 wins in the 1968-69 season.

In the 1970-71 season, the Bullets scored 93-91 over the New York Knicks and progressed to their first NBA finals.

In the 1971-72 season, the Bullets acquired Elvin Hayes and drafted Kevin Porter. In December, the Bullets registered a 10-4 record and captured the Central Division title for the 3rd consecutive year.

In 1985, Manute Bol blocked 397 shots which is a Bullets record. The Bullets in this season had a record of 42-40. In 1987, the Bullets hired Unseld again and reached the playoffs with a record of 38-44.

In 2001-02, the Wizards were led by Michael Jordan to a 26-21 record. In 2002-03, the Wizards had a record of 37-45.

During 1961-62, the home arena of the Wizards was the International Amphitheater. For 1962-63, it was the Chicago Coliseum. For the entire decade, from 1963 to 1973, it was the Baltimore Civic Center. From 1973 to 1997, the home arena was US Airways Arena and from December 1997 onwards it has been the Capital One Arena.

The franchise has won one NBA title, back in 1978 as the Bullets under Coach Dick Motta, with Unseld named the NBA Finals MVP.

Notable Players

Wizards’ players who have become Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famers are Moses Malone, Unseld, Earl Monroe, Elvin Hayes, and Walt Bellamy.

Major Achievements

  • 1 NBA Championships
  • 4 Conference Titles
  • 8 Division Titles

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