NATO and the Wizards won't play the Bucks on Friday after the game was postponed, Shams Charlie of The Athletic reports. Deal and the Wizards will not play Friday against the Bucks after the game was postponed, Shams Charlie of The Athletic reports.
The Washington Wizards now have five players who have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Fred Katz and Shams Charlie of The Athletic. Again, no players have confirmed or denied that they tested positive for COVID-19, which is why the team hasn’t made any announcements.
Katz also wrote a column on what the Wizards face over the next couple of weeks (subscription required). Mendelian said that the whole team, including players who don’t get the coronavirus, may be more vulnerable to injury because of a lack of regular practice routines.
The game is being postponed due to the number of unavailable players for the Wizards, contact tracing for other players on their roster, and the length of time preceding the game during which the team was unable to practice. That’s understandable given the unique length of the Wizards interruption and the uncharted waters of playing through a pandemic.
The 76ers were forced to play a game they wanted to be postponed a couple of weeks ago. Players are more susceptible to injury when not properly conditioned, and the Wizards went a while unable to train.
With a shorthanded roster, Washington’s eight active players would’ve shouldered more load, too. That allows more time for Washington’s eight active players to get back into game shape.
While some teams like the Dallas Mavericks have had games postponed due to multiple players having the coronavirus, the Wizards have managed to avoid an outbreak. In fact, the Wizards have been able to dance around the virus despite playing against teams with players who had the coronavirus and were likely contagious.
Anecdotally, the Wizards appear to be among the most vulnerable teams to a coronavirus outbreak from a health standpoint, because very few players had the virus. The Wizards games on Sunday and on Monday in Cleveland have been postponed, the league announced Friday.
“Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards, the team does not have the league-required eight players to proceed with the schedules games against the Cavaliers,” the league said in a statement. The league does not have specific criteria for pausing the season, but NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addressed the topic at his season-opening news conference.
But we recognize that if we hadn’t started the season, there’s also very dire economic implications, not just for the immediate members of the NBA community but those tens of thousands of jobs that are dependent on the league. The league continues to talk with medical experts, infectious disease physicians, epidemiologists and the National Basketball Players Association about its health and safety protocols.
Friday's Memphis Grizzlies game at the Minnesota Timberwolves has been postponed, the NBA announced. Minnesota had two players enter the league's health and safety protocols on Thursday, forward Juan Hernandez and guard Ricky Rubio.
Washington Wizards 2020–21 Washington Wizards season Conference Eastern Division Southeast Founded1961History Chicago Packers 1961–1962 Chicago Zephyrs 1962–1963 Baltimore Bullets 1963–1973 Capital Bullets 1973–1974 Washington Bullets1974–1997 Washington Wizards 1997–present Arena Capital One Arena Location Washington, D.C. Team colored, navy blue, silver, white Main sponsor GEICO General manager Tommy Sheppard Head coach Scott Brooks Ownership Monumental Sports & Entertainment Affiliation(s) Capital City Go-Go Championships 1 (1978)Conference titles 4 (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979)Division titles 8 (1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 2017)Retired numbers 5 (10, 11, 25, 41, 45)Website www.nba.com/ wizards The franchise was established in 1961 as the Chicago Packers based in Chicago, Illinois, and were renamed to Chicago Zephyrs the following season.
Four players (Walt Bellamy, Terry Discharger, Earl Monroe, and Was Unsold) have won the Rookie of the Year award. Bellamy (#8) averaged 31.6 points per game and 19.0 rebounds per game during his rookie season. The team now known as the Wizards began playing as the Chicago Packers in 1961, as the first modern expansion team in NBA history, an expansion prompted by Abe Saperstein's American Basketball League.
Rookie Walt Bellamy was the team's star, averaging 31.6 points per game, 19.0 rebounds per game, and leading the NBA in field goal percentage. During the All-Star game, Bellamy represented the team while scoring 23 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
Bellamy was named the league Rookie of the Year, but the team finished with the NBA's worst record at 18–62. The team's original nickname was a nod to Chicago's meatpacking industry; their home arena, the International Amphitheater, was next door to the Union stockyards.
However, it was extremely unpopular since it was the same nickname used by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, bitter rivals of the Chicago Bears. Their only season as the Zephyrs boasted former Purdue star Terry Discharger, who went on to win Rookie of the Year honors.
In their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished fourth in a five–team Western Division. Was Unsold, who won the NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA Regular Season MVP, and NBA Finals MVP awards, played all 13 seasons of his career with the Bullets. In the late 1960s, the Bullets drafted two future Halls of Fame members: Earl Monroe, in the 1967 draft, number two overall, and Was Unsold, in the following year's draft, also number two overall.
The Bullets reached the playoffs with high expectations to go far, but they were eliminated by the New York Knicks in the first round. The next season the two teams met again in the first round, and although this one went to seven games, the Knicks emerged victorious again.
After a slow start in 1972–73, Baltimore made their charge in December, posting a 10–4 record on the way to capturing the Central Division title for the third straight year. The Bullets again faced the Knicks in the 1973 NBA Playoffs, losing for the fourth time in five series against New York.
In February 1973, the team announced its pending move 30 miles (50 km) southwest to the Capital Center in Landover, a Washington, D.C. suburb, and became the Capital Bullets. After that 1973–74 season, they changed their geographic identifier name to the Washington Bullets.
That year, Washington posted a 36–5 home record at the Capital Center. 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.
The Bullets were favorites to win the NBA Championship, but were swept by the Al Attested Golden State Warriors in four games, losing games one and four at the Capital Center. Jones, despite having a career 62 percent winning percentage as the Bullets head coach.
In 1976–77, under new head coach Dick Motto, the Bullets again fell short of the Central Division title for the second straight year. They entered the 1979 NBA Playoffs having lost eight of the final 11 games to finish the regular season at 54–28.
In the Eastern Conference finals, they trailed the San Antonio Spurs 3–1, but they mounted a comeback by winning two straight games to force a game seven at the Capital Center. The Bullets rallied again, overcoming a fourth–quarter deficit to beat George Mervin and the Spurs 107–105 in one of the NBA's all-time greatest games and advance to the NBA Finals and a rematch with the Seattle Supersonic.
In game one of the finals, the Bullets defeated the Supersonic, 99–97, on two game-winning free throws. The Bullets were the only team to play in the NBA Finals four times during the 1970s.
In 1981–82, Washington played strong under the coaching of Gene She and Don Moran, finishing the regular season with a 43–39 record, and although they advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals in the playoffs, they had clearly lost the power of the late 1970s. In 1985, the Bullets acquired Minute Box, whose specialty was blocking shots.
However, the Bullets finished with a disappointing 39–43 record, and were eliminated by the 76ers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Washington was eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in three games in the playoffs.
Twelfth overall in the 1987 Draft the Bullets selected Muggy Bogies, who at 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm) is the shortest player in NBA history. To replace Tougher, the Bullets hired former MVP Was Unsold.
Under Unsold the Bullets improved as they were able to reach the playoffs again with a record of 38–44. After losing the first two games on the road in the first round of the 1988 NBA Playoffs to the Detroit Pistons, the Bullets fought back and forced a fifth game with two home wins.
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. The lone highlight of the Bullets’ 30-win 1990–91 season was the successful comeback effort by Bernard King as he recovered from knee surgery he suffered while playing for the Knicks in 1984–85 season to finish third in the NBA in scoring with a 28.4 points per game.
Injuries continued to bite the Bullets as key players Rex Chapman and Albert Cheney (the club's first-round draft pick) missed significant stretches, and Ellison missed almost the entire season. Don Maclean was named 1994 Most Improved Player of the season, leading the Bullets with 18.2 points per game (tied with Chapman).
The Bullets selected Juan Howard in the 1994 NBA Draft and traded Gugliotta along with three first-round draft picks to the Golden State Warriors for the rights to Chris Webber. While the season started out with promise, a shoulder injury to Chris Webber (ironically against the Warriors) caused him to miss 19 games and the Bullets struggled through the rest of the season finishing a then franchise-worst (percentage wise) 21–61.
Webber averaged 20.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, but declined surgery for his dislocated shoulder. In 1994, which featured all 12 Bullets dancing in front of the Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C.
In the Bullets' 1995–96 season Webber suffered a dislocated left shoulder in a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on October 21, and opened the season on the injured list. He was activated on November 27, but strained his shoulder against the New York Knicks on December 29.
After hoping the injury would get better with rest, Webber finally underwent surgery on Feb 1 which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The Bullets were 9–6 with Webber in the lineup as he averaged a team-high 23.7 points plus 7.6 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.80 steals in 37.2 minutes per game when he was able to play.
Bright spots of the season included the selection of Rasheed Wallace in the 1995 NBA Draft and the All-Star play of Howard. Howard averaged a career-best 22.1 RPG and 8.1 RPG and kept the Bullets slim playoff hopes alive until the end of the season.
Center George Mean was named Most Improved Player of The Year, averaging 14.5 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. The Bullets improved to 39–43 but just missed the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.
Washington, boasting the league's tallest player (Mean, whose height is 7 feet 7 inches or 231 centimeters), 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. Bernie Bicker staff, an assistant coach with the Bullets when they won their only NBA Championship in 1978, was called upon to resurrect his former team.
The Bullets responded, winning 16 of their final 21 games to finish 44–38, their best record since 1978–79. The late surge enabled the Bullets to climb within reach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
In a win-or-go-home game with the Cavaliers on the season's final day, the Bullets squeezed past Cleveland 85–81 to end the franchise's longest playoff drought. Whilst the Bullets were swept by the Bulls in the first round, they lost the three games by a total of 18 points.
Webber led the way in scoring (20.1 RPG), rebounding (10.3) and blocks (1.9) and shot 51.8 percent from the floor to make his first All-Star team. Mean dominated the middle and led the NBA in field goal percentage (.599).
Becoming the Wizards The Wizards moved to the MCI Center (later named Verizon Center and now the Capital One Arena) in 1997. In November 1995, owner Abe Pollen announced he was changing the team's nickname, because Bullets had acquired violent overtones that had made him increasingly uncomfortable over the years, particularly given the high homicide and crime rate in the early 1990s in Washington, D.C. The name change was widely believed to be related to the assassination of Pollen's longtime friend, Israeli Prime MinisterYitzhak Rabin.
A contest was held to choose a new name and the choices were narrowed to the Dragons, Express, Stallions, Sea Dogs, and the Wizards. The new name generated some controversy because Wizard is a rank in the Ku Klux Klan, and Washington has a large African American population.
A new logo was unveiled and the team colors were changed from the traditional red, white and blue to a lighter shade of blue, black and bronze, the same colors as the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL), also owned by Pollen. Washington forward Juan Howard sat on the committee that decided on the logo design.
That same year the Wizards moved to the then MCI Center, now called Capital One Arena, which is home to the Capitals and the Georgetown Horas men's college basketball team. In 1998, they became the brother team to the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association, and remained officially thus until 2005 when the Mystics were sold to Lincoln Holdings (headed by Ted Leon sis), parent company of the Capitals.
The newly named Wizards began the 1997–98 season playing 5 home games at the Capital Center before moving to the new MCI Center on December 2, 1997. Highlights of the season included Chris Webber leading the team in scoring (21.9 RPG) and rebounding (9.5 RPG).
Strickland led the league in assists (10.5 APG) before suffering an injury near the end of the season. Tracy Murray averaged 15.1 RPG off the bench including a 50-point game against Golden State.
Off court distractions led to the trade of Webber to the Sacramento Kings for Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe in May 1998. Mitch Richmond led the team in scoring with a 19.7 RPG average.
Michael Jordan served as president of basketball operations and was a minority owner. 2001–02 After retiring from the Chicago Bulls in early 1999, Michael Jordan became the Washington Wizards president of basketball operations as well as a minority owner in January 2000.
In September 2001, Jordan came out of retirement at age 38 to play for Washington. Before the All-Star break, Jordan was one of only two players to average more than 25 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds as he led the Wizards to a 26–21 record.
2002–03 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 Stack house and signed budding star Larry Hughes. Jordan even accepted a sixth-man role on the bench in order for his knee to survive the rigors of an 82-game season.
A combination of numerous team injuries and uninspired play led to Jordan's return to the starting lineup, where he tried to rebound the franchise from its early-season struggles. Jordan retired from playing for a third and final time after the season.
Jordan's departure After the season, majority owner Pollen fired Jordan as team president, much to the shock of players, associates, and the public. Jordan felt betrayed, thinking that he would get his ownership back after his playing days ended, but Pollen justified Jordan's dismissal by noting that Jordan had detrimental effects on the team, such as benching Hughes for Tyrone Due, making poor trades, and using the team's first-round draft pick on high schooler Kwame Brown.
The Wizards replaced Jordan's managerial role with general manager Ernie Gruenfeld. The Wizards G-Man, one of the team's mascots 2003–042004–05: Return to the playoffs 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.
In the off-season, the team traded Stack house, Christian Latter, and the draft rights to Devin Harris to the Dallas Mavericks for Antwan Jamison. During the regular season, the scoring trio of Arenas, Jamison and Hughes was the highest in the NBA and earned the nickname of “The Big Three”.
Arenas and Jamison were both named to the 2005 Eastern Conference All-Star team, marking the first time Washington had two players in the All-Star game since Jeff Malone and Moses Malone represented the Bullets in the 1987 All-Star Game. With a 93–82 win over the Chicago Bulls on April 13, 2005, the Wizards clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 1996–97.
In Game 6 at the MCI Center, Jared Jeffries picked up a loose ball and went in for an uncontested tie-breaking dunk with 32 seconds left, thus giving the Wizards a 94–91 win and the team's first playoff series win in 23 years. They were only the 12th team in NBA history to win a playoff series after being down 0–2.
In the conference semifinals, the Wizards were swept by the Miami Heat, the No. During the off-season, Washington acquired Carbon Butler and Antonio Daniels.
During the regular season, the Wizards again had the best scoring trio in the NBA, this time consisting of Arenas, Jamison and Butler as the “Big Three”. On April 5, 2006, the team was 39–35 and looking to close in on the 45-win mark achieved the previous year, until Butler suffered a thumb sprain and the Wizards lost all five games without him.
Butler returned and the team pulled out their final three games, against the Pistons, Cars and Bucks, all playoff-bound teams, to finish the year at 42–40 and clinch the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. They averaged 101.7 points a game, third in the NBA and tops in the East and clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive season for the first time since 1987.
Their first-round match-up with Cleveland was widely seen as the most evenly matched series in the 2006 NBA Playoffs. The teams exchanged wins during the first two games in Cleveland, with Game 2 highlighted by the Wizards holding LeBron James to 7–25 shooting from the floor while Brendan Haywood gave James a hard foul in the first quarter that many cited as the key to shaking up the rest of James's game.
In Game 3 at the Verizon Center, James hit a 4-footer on the way down with 5.7 seconds left to take the game and the series lead for the Cars with a 97–96 win. Arenas missed a potential game-winning three-pointer on the other end to seal the win for the Cars.
Game 4 saw the Wizards heat up again, as Arenas scored 20 in the fourth quarter after claiming he changed his jersey, shorts, shoes and pantyhose in the room and the Wizards won 106–96. In Game 5, despite the Wizards being down 107–100 with 1:18 to play, the team drove back and eventually tied the game on Butler's layup with 7.5 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime, where James scored with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to send the Cars to a 121–120 win.
The Wizards blew a seven-point lead with just under 5 to play and needed Arenas to hit a 31-footer at the end of regulation to take the game too overtime. In overtime, Arenas missed two key free throws.
Cleveland rebounded the ball, went down court and Damon Jones hit a 17-foot baseline jumper with 4.8 seconds remaining to give the Cars the lead for good. Butler missed a three-pointer on the other end to seal the game, and the series, for the Cavaliers.
In the off-season they signed free agents DeShawn Stevenson and Darius Snail. Stan Thomas beat out Haywood for the starting center job.
After starting the season 0–8 on the road, Washington rebounded to win 6 of 7 away from Verizon Center. On January 30, Jamison went down with a sprained left knee in a win against Detroit.
On February 3, Snail made his Wizards debut against the Lakers. He returned for only three games until he fractured his right hand on April 1 against Milwaukee.
An April 15 article in The Washington Post pointed out that with Arenas and Butler gone, the team had lost 42.3% of their offensive production, quite possibly “the most costly” loss for any team in the midst of a playoff hunt in NBA history. Despite their late-season struggles without Arenas and Butler, the Wizards still managed to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, taking the 7th seed at 41–41.
They were swept four games to none in a rematch of the previous year's first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. 2007–08 The team began the season starting 0–5, but rebounded to win six straight.
Midway through the season, Butler was forced to the sidelines for a total of 20 games with what initially was a strained hip flexor, but turned out to be a labial tear. Despite all the injuries, the Wizards managed to finish 43–39 on the regular season, good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third straight season; the Wizards lost that series in six games.
2008–10 In September, Arenas underwent a third operation on his surgically repaired left knee to clean out fluid and debris, and was expected to miss at least the first month of the season. The forecast came in longer than expected, as Arenas missed 5 months of action due to concerns on his knee before returning on March 29, 2009.
Haywood announced that he would undergo surgery on his right wrist and was expected to miss 4–6 months. The preseason marked the return of Stan Thomas who had missed all the 2007–2008 season while recovering from open-heart surgery.
The Wizards opened the season on October 29 with a loss against New Jersey, and dropped fifteen of their first nineteen games. On December 10, Washington acquired guards Bavaria Criterion and Mike James in a three-team deal that sent Antonio Daniels to New Orleans.
They won just 14 of their first 60 games and in the end tied a franchise the worst record of 19–63. One of the few high points of the season came on February 27 when recently inaugurated President Barack Obama attended a Wizards game against the Chicago Bulls, sitting in a northeast court-side seat.
The Wizards produced their second-biggest victory margin of the season with a 113–90 win; Jamison paced the side with 27 points. Flip Saunders reached an agreement to become the new coach of the team in mid-April 2009.
This pick was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Snail, Thomas, and Oleksiy Percheron, in exchange for Randy Foe and Mike Miller. On May 21, 2009, Wizards president Ernie Gruenfeld announced that the team has named Randy Pittman and Sam Russell as assistant coaches.
In November, majority owner Abe Pollen died at the age of 85. Control of the franchise passed to his widow Irene, though minority owner Ted Leon sis was known to be preparing a takeover bid.
On December 24, 2009, it was revealed that Arenas had admitted to storing unloaded firearms in his locker at Verizon Center and had surrendered them to team security. On January 1, 2010, it was reported that Arenas and teammate Bavaria Criterion had unloaded guns in the Wizards locker room during a Christmas Eve argument regarding gambling debts resulting in Arenas's suspension.
Despite Stern's longstanding practice of not disciplining players until the legal process plays out, he felt compelled to act when Arenas’ teammates surrounded him during pregame introductions prior to a game with the Philadelphia 76ers, and he pantomimed shooting them with guns made from his fingers. The Wizards issued a statement condemning the players' pregame stunt as “unacceptable”.
On February 13, 2010, after a 17–33 record at the season's midway point, The Wizards traded Butler, Haywood, and Stevenson to the Mavericks in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Wooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton. Three days later, the Wizards traded Antwan Jamison to the Cavaliers in exchange for Hydrants Ilgauskas and obtained Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal.
Ilgauskas reported long enough to take a physical (to make the trade official). His contract was immediately bought out, making him a free agent.
On February 26, 2010, the Wizards signed Shaun Livingston to a 10-day contract. With Gilbert Arenas suspended and Carbon Butler and Antwan Jamison being traded, the Wizards finished the season at 26-56, posting an abysmal 9–23 record to finish the season.
2010–2013: Beginning Leon sis completed his takeover of the Wizards and Verizon Center in June through his newly-formed holding company, Monumental Sports and Entertainment. He had previously purchased the Washington Capitals and Mystics from the Pollen family.
Leon sis has taken a fan-centric approach to running the franchise, by listening and responding to the concerns of Wizards supporters through his email and personal website. Team president Ernie Gruenfeld later confirmed that the franchise's colors would revert to red, white and blue from the 2011–12 season onwards.
Later in the off-season, the team acquired the Chicago Bulls all-time leader in three-point field goals, Kirk Heinrich and the draft rights to forward Kevin Seraphic in exchange for the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko. In the 2012 NBA Draft, the Wizards selected Bradley Deal and Tomas Satoranský.
On July 17, 2012, the Wizards exercised the amnesty provision from the 2011 CBA to release Andrei Blanche. Then, on August 29, 2012, Martel Webster was signed to the Wizards for one year on a $1.6 million contract.
Jason Collins, who joined the team in February announced his homosexuality as a member of the Wizards. His announcement made him the first openly gay member of a North American team sport.
The Wizards ended the season with a 33–49 record, finishing 12th in the Eastern Conference and 4th in the Southeast Division, 10 games ahead of the Orlando Magic. 2013–14: Return to playoffs On February 3, 2014, the Wizards defeated the Portland Trail Blazers to improve to a 24–23 record.
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. On April 29, 2014, the Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by a score of 75–69 to win the series 4–1.
This was the Wizards first series victory since the 2005 NBA Playoffs when they defeated the same team in 6 games. They showed grit and determination as they staved off elimination with a 102–79 game five win.
2014–15 After the departure of Trevor Aria, the Wizards signed veteran small forward Paul Pierce to a two-year contract. Pierce's veteran leadership proved to be a major factor on and off the court in the team's improvement.
On November 12, 2014, the Wizards defeated the Detroit Pistons 107–103, extending their record to 6–2 for the first time since the 1975–76 season. The following game three days later, the Wizards defeated the Orlando Magic 98-93 as they won their third straight and moved to 7–2, their best start since opening 7–1 during the 1974–75 season.
With a 104–96 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on December 12, the Wizards moved to an 11–2 record at home to start the season for the first time in franchise history. They played the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and won in four games, marking their first sweep in franchise history.
Following the victory over Toronto, the Wizards next had to play the top seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards managed to take the first game in the series, but suffered the loss of Wall due to a fractured wrist.
The Wizards finished 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, and missed the playoffs. On April 13, 2016, the Wizards, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012–13, fired head coach Randy Pittman.
From 2015 on, their logo was the “monument ball” with “Navy Blue, Red, Silver, White” colors. In October 2016, they were ranked 93rd of 122 worst franchises in major sports by Ultimate Standings.
However, they rebounded to touch the second seed, before a slump brought them down to the fourth seed, finishing 49–33, behind the 51–31 Toronto Raptors at third, the 51–31 Cleveland Cavaliers at second, and the 53–29 Boston Celtics in first place. The Wizards played the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, defeating them in six games behind a 42-point game six performance from Wall and 31 from Deal; before losing to the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series.
2017–182018–19 In the off-season, the Wizards picked up Thomas Bryant off waivers and Troy Brown in the draft with the 15th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite Bryant becoming a valuable asset and Bradley Deal having a career season, the season would end up being an underwhelming one full of turmoil and on court troubles.
The Wizards also went through injuries, including Dwight Howard playing 9 games before missing the rest of the season due to back problems and losing John Wall who underwent a season-ending surgery on his left Achilles which he injured while recovering from a previous injury, while trading Kelly Outre Jr., Otto Porter Jr., and Married Morris at the same time. As a result, the Wizards would miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2015–16 season.
SeasonGPWLW–L%FinishPlayoffs 2015–16 824141.5004th, Southeast not qualify 2016–17 824933.5981st, Southeasts in Conference Semifinals, 3–4 (Celtics) 2017–18 824339.5242nd, Southeasts in First Round, 2–4 (Raptors) 2018–19 823250.3904th, Southeast not qualify 2019–20 732547.3473rd, Southeast not qualify Washington Wizards G-Wiz, current team mascotAfter moving from Chicago in 1963, the then-Baltimore Bullets used red and navy colors as part of the team's logos and uniforms. The red, white and blue colors returned as part of the franchise's iconic uniforms beginning with the 1973–74 season, coinciding with the team's move to Landover, Maryland to become the Capital Bullets.
Those uniforms also featured large horizontal stripes on the chest of the jerseys, and three stars on the side panels of the shorts. The uniforms were kept when they changed their location identifier a year later to the Washington Bullets.
Except a switch to block lettering and numbers before the 1990–91 season (switching over from the Serpentine font used for both elements, with the player name on back rendered in lower case as well), the Bullets kept these uniforms until 1997. In 1997, the then-team owner Abe Pollen decided to change the club's nickname from Bullets to Wizards.
The name change also included new logos, colors and uniforms, coinciding with the team's move to the new MCI Center. The primary logo depicted a wizard conjuring a basketball with a quarter moon.
In 2007, the Wizards made minor modifications on their team jerseys and logos. To accommodate the gold–black alternate jerseys they introduced the previous season along with the design change on the Verizon Center floor, they changed their secondary team colors from bronze to metallic gold, and the player's name on the back of the jersey was changed from white/blue with bronze trim to gold (blue on home uniforms) with a change in lettering; the road uniform name lettering changed back to white with gold trim before the 2010–11 season.
On May 10, 2011, the Wizards unveiled a new color scheme, uniforms, and logo. David Safe, Pat Sullivan, and Michael Glazer were the product designers for the new jerseys which include the Washington Monument as an alternate logo.
James Hinder was also an essential part of the team, as he helped to engineer the jerseys to meet the players' standards. The uniforms are based very closely on those worn from 1974 to 1987, during the team's glory years.
The new logo features the Washington Monument ball logo set in a roundel, with the striping pattern from the team's uniforms, three stars (each representing Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, similar to that of the NHL's Capitals), and the team's word marks. On September 8, 2016, the Wizards released a second white uniform to honor the United States Armed Forces.
The side stripes pay homage to the American flag. The “City” uniform for 2018–19 was similar to the previous set, but with a black base, white letters and orange trim.
The uniform paid homage to the National Mall at night. Prior to the 2019–20 season, the navy “Statement” uniform received a minor tweak as the city name was replaced with “The District of Columbia” word mark previously used on the team's “City” uniforms.
For the Wizards 2019–20 “City” uniform, they brought back the white alternate uniform design worn in the 2016–17 season, but with the “DC” alternate logo in front and red numbers. The same design was carried over to the 2020–21 “City” uniform, but with a gray base.
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