Baltimore Bullets

Country United States United States
City Baltimore, Maryland
Founded 1964

The Baltimore Bullets were a professional basketball team playing with the National Basketball Association from 1963 to 1973. The Baltimore Bullets are now known as the Washington Wizards.

The team was originally found in 1961 in Chicago, Illinois; and was called as the Chicago Packers. The next season they were renamed as the Chicago Zephyrs. In 1963, the Zephyrs relocated to Baltimore, Maryland and were christened as the Baltimore Bullets. The name Bullets referred to the city’s first NBA team which was also called Bullets who played in the American Basketball League and later in the Basketball Association of America from 1944 to 1954. The Bullets were discontinued when the league folded. The team was named Bullets in the first place as they played in the armory. The team colors were Red, Blue and White. The logo was a zooming bullet with a red colored trail against the backdrop of a basketball with a blue outline. The word bullets were in red and Baltimore appeared in a relatively small text above the Bullets. In 1969, team changed the logo to a simpler bullets written in blue with the ‘L’s forming two arms waiting for a basketball. The team played its home matches at the Baltimore Civic Center Arena.

In 1963, the new Bullets finished in the forth position in the Western Division with 31 wins and 49 losses. The second season in 1964, the bullets recorded 37 wins and 43 losses and were qualified for the playoffs where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. In 1966, the Baltimore Bullets record their worst season with 21 wins and 61 losses. In 1967, the Bullets drafted Earl Monroe a.k.a. ‘the Pearl’ who won the Rookie of the Year. In 1968, the Bullets drafted Wes Unseld who not only won the Rookie of the Year but also the NBA Most Valuable Player award. In 1970, the Bullets were in the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks; however, the Bucks defeated the Bullets to win the NBA Championships. In 1971, the Bullets traded their star Earl Monroe in a shocking move to the New York Knicks. The following season the Bullets improved drastically and finished with 52 wins and 30 losses, however in the playoffs they were defeated by rivals Knicks and former Bullet’s player, Monroe. In 1973, the Bullets were relocated to Landover, Maryland, where they were renamed as the Capital Bullets. The Capital Bullets were renamed the Washington Bullets in a year after the relocation. The Bullets eventually were christened as the Washington Wizards in 1997.

In a total of ten seasons the Bullets played in Baltimore as the Baltimore Bullets they won 401 games and lost 412 games in a total of 813 games.

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