About Washington Wizards
History of the Washington Wizards
Like most teams in the National Basketball Association, the Washington Wizards have gone through different cities and multiple name changes in their team history. The franchise got its start as the Chicago Packers back in 1961, only to go through a name change the following year, known then as the Zephyrs. Again, the team only kept its team name for one year, as they moved from Chicago to the east coast city of Baltimore, where they became known as the Baltimore Bullets. Now settled in Baltimore, the Bullets began to build their franchise up to championship level. The team used the NBA Draft to their tremendous benefit, when in consecutive years they selected two future Hall of Fame players.
In 1967, the Bullets selected guard Earl Monroe and then the following year selected big man Wes Unseld. With the addition of these two dynamic young players, the Baltimore Bullets were able to improve drastically, winning 57 games in 1968. Now that they had a core of young basketball players to build around, the franchise became a regular in the playoffs. In the midst of multiple winning seasons, the Bullets went through a couple more name changes. They became known as the Capital Bullets in 1973, and once again, the name only stuck for one NBA season. The following year they changed their name again, now to the Washington Bullets, a name they would use for the next 23 seasons. Though the name changed, the talent on the roster did not. In 1974-75, the Bullets made a deep run in the playoffs after winning 60 games in the regular season. They ended up being defeated in the NBA Finals that year by the Golden State Warriors, but the season would go down as one of the best in franchise history. However, the 1977 Bullets season is the one that fans of the time will always remember. After winning only 47 games during the regular season, no one expected much in the playoffs. To everyone's surprise, the Washington Bullets advanced though the playoffs and captured their first NBA Championship, defeating the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals.
Since the miracle title run, Washington has not been able to reach those heights. If they do, they will now do it under a different team name again. In 1997, to counteract the violent connotation of the name "Bullets," the team changed to the Washington Wizards. In recent seasons the team has begun to recapture their winning ways and have been exciting to watch for everyone who has Washington Wizards tickets. They currently play their home games at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., an arena they share with other pro teams (the Mystics of the WNBA and the Capitals of the NHL). Get your Wizards tickets or tickets to any other event in Washington right here at TicketNetwork.com.
Most Recent Season
In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Wizards did not have any picks as they traded them away earlier in the season. The Wizards traded their first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets with Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton in exchange for Bojan Bogdanović and Chris McCullough. They also traded their second-round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tim Frazier. John Wall also re-signed a $170 million 4-year contract with the Wizards. The Wizards had a decent 2017-18 NBA season. They finished with a record of 43-39, placing them in second in the Southeast Division. This allowed them to clinch the 8th seed and return to the playoffs for the fourth time in five years. In the First Round of the playoffs the Wizards met the Toronto Raptors and sadly lost the series in six games. The Wizards are confident they will be able to return to the playoffs in the upcoming season and fight at a chance for an NBA Championship.
During the offseason the Wizards added several players to their roster. Thomas Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers signed a 2-year deal, Jeff Green from the Cleveland Cavaliers signed a 1-year deal, and Dwight Howard from the Charlotte Hornets signed a 2-year deal. In addition to these signees, the Wizards acquired Troy Brown Jr. as the number 15 pick from the University of Oregon. The 2018-19 Washington Wizards season will begin on October 18th with a home game against division rivals the Miami Heat. Throughout the season the Wizards will take on their other division rivals including the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, and Atlanta Hawks. Will the Wizards be able to return to the postseason? There’s only one way to find out! TicketNetwork is your access for all Washington Wizards tickets. Check out our vast selection of Washington Wizards tickets and grab yours today!