The Washington Wizards, originally known as the Bullets until the 1997-98 season, have been in the playoffs 27 times in their history, won seven division titles and brought home an NBA title. Having said that, fans of the squad are likely to fondly look back on the team's impact in the paint throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s, when they usually could be found in the thick of the postseason race. In fact, from 1965 to 1980, the team qualified for a tournament every year.
It goes without saying that Washington's winning streak was fueled by a number of Hall of Fame players, including forwards Elvin Hayes and Gus Johnson. Both athletes were instrumental in helping the team claim its lone title in the 1978 playoffs, which began with a series sweep over the Atlanta Hawks before the team took care of business against the Spurs in six games. The NBA Finals pitted the Wizards against the Seattle Supersonics, and the teams split the first four games of the series. It was the great rebounding and low-post play of center Wes Unseld that tipped the scales in the Wizards' favor, and he was named the Finals MVP for his superb play.
In 2010, the Wizards began rebuilding by adding a star player to their roster, No. 1 draft pick John Wall, in the hopes of eventually securing another league title.
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