The Washington Wizards franchise joined the NBA for the 1961-62 season as the Chicago Packers. After two seasons in Chicago, the franchise moved to Baltimore and became the Bullets. On the strength of superstar guard Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, the Bullets posted their first winning season in the 1968-69 season. Starting from that season, the Bullets—who moved to Washington in 1973—made the playoffs 12 straight seasons, including four trips to the NBA Finals. The third trip—in 1978—the Bullets upended the Seattle Supersonics to take home the franchise’s first championship, thanks to the play of Elvin Hayes, Bob Dandridge and Wes Unseld. Despite the playoff streak ending, the Bullets remained perennial competitors every year through the end of the 1980s. Since the ‘80s however, the franchise has struggled. The team made the playoffs just once in the 1990s, but had a run of success in the 2000s after becoming the Wizards. With Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison leading the way, Washington made the playoffs four consecutive seasons from 2004-05 to 2007-08. Under the coaching of Randy Wittman, Washington made it to the semifinals of the NBA playoffs and finished 5th in the Eastern conference to years running in 2013-14 & 2014-15. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Washington Wizards basketball tickets.
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2016 Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards came out of the 2015-2016 season with a disappointing record of 41-41 and missing a shot at the playoffs. Scott Brooks was hired in April as the new head coach and will be utilizing John Wall and Bradley Beal as the star players for the Wizards. Wall has proven his status as an all-star and if Beal is able to remain healthy after injuries in the past, the Washington Wizards should be ready for one of the East’s last spots in the playoffs. Marcus Thornton will also be returning as a back shooting guard as well as Tomas Satoransky who should make his mark this season after being drafted by the Wizards in 2012. Whether you plan on cheering for them at home or on the road, check out the Wizards’ schedule at TicketCity for some of the best deals for Washington Wizards’ tickets.
Washington Wizards Basketball at Verizon Center Address: 601 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
The Wizards play their home games at the Verizon Center, located in the city of Washington, D.C. When filled to capacity, the Verizon Center holds more than 20 thousand screaming fans. While at a game check out the Sports Gallery and Hall of Fame to see Wizards memorabilia. The Washington Wizards home bench is on the Verizon Center court side in front of section 101. Verizon Center parking information is covered in our Wizards event guide.
Wizards vs. Cavaliers
With a stretch of playoff matchups in three straight seasons, the intensity level is often at its highest when these two teams meet. In the last 7+ seasons, the two teams have played against each other more times than they have any other opponent which has led the games to be close and sometimes hostile. Trash talk has been a common occurrence in this matchup and this rivalry will only get better as both teams improve on the court.
Wizards vs. 76ers
These two teams have met over 300 times which includes multiple playoff series. With stakes often at its highest, the intensity level is hard to match when the teams play against each other. The highlight of this series came in 1978 when the teams met for the chance to advance to the NBA championship. The Wizards ended up winning that series 4-2.
Wizards in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Wizards have won over 3 Eastern Conference Championships to go along with an NBA Championship. The Wizards dominated the 1970s that led them to win over 5 division titles in that span. The Wizards will only add to that number in the upcoming seasons as they have started to build a young talented roster that can make an impact on the court.
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Wizards game?
Gates open to the general public 1-hour before game time. We recommend getting to the Verizon Center when the gates open and using that hour to walk around the arena, buy some concessions, and enjoy the pre-game shoot-around.
How can I buy cheap Washington Wizards tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Washington Wizards tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Wizards tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Eastern Conference opponents, like the Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, and New York Knicks can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Wizards tickets near face value.
Where are good places to eat before a Wizards game?
Washington D.C. is known for having some of the most diverse food selections anywhere in the world. We recommend trying something new before going to a Wizards game. For Asian food try Thai Chili, Kanlaya Thai Cuisine, or Oya. There are some wonderful Greek options near Verizon Center. Zaytinya, Komi, and Mourayo are all worth visiting. For more traditional American dining, try Clyde’s, District Chophouse & Brewery or The Capital Grille. Acadiana, The Passenger and Brasserie Beck are other great options.
Where are good places to park at Verizon Center?
There are quite a few good parking options in the few blocks around Verizon Center. Try looking to the west of the arena between G St. NW and F St. NW on 9th ST. NW. There are a couple garages to the south of E St. NW also. Parking usually runs between $10-$30 at most of these garages. Public transportation in Washington D.C. is great. The Metro lets off underneath Verizon Center and four other stations are within walking distance. Taking the Metro is the most convenient way to get to the game, and you will be surrounded with other Wizards fans instead of traffic.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Washington Wizards game?
Children 3 and older require a ticket to enter Verizon Center. Kids less than 3 years old can sit in their parents lap during the game. We recommend bringing proof of your child’s age and getting to the gates early to avoid any hassles when trying to enter the arena.
Can I buy Washington Wizards season tickets?
Washington season tickets are available to buy until tipoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Wizards season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at the Verizon Center.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Washington Wizards schedule
The Wizards 2016-2017 schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NBA. The Washington Wizards play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, which means games against the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic. Game times are announced by the NBA as soon as the TV schedule is set. If you are looking for Wizards news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Washington Wizards team roster.
2015 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards were one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA a season ago. John Wall has turned into a full-fledged superstar. Wall and Bradley Beal have teamed up in the formidable Wizards backcourt to give opposing teams fits. Marcin Gortat has come into his own in Washington, and has developed into one of the better centers in the Eastern Conference. The 2015-16 Washington Wizards roster will look much the same as a season ago, with the exception of the departure of Paul Pierce. Pierce was the emotional leader of the Wizards, and their closer in the playoffs. Without Pierce, John Wall will have to take even more on his shoulders, and the Wizards will sink or swim with his play in 2015-16. Look for the Wizards to continue to be a strong Eastern Conference team, and for Washington to make the playoffs once again.
2014 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The expectations for the Washington Wizards were pretty subdued coming into last season. But the Wizards rallied and crushed every goal in front of them, winning 44 games, and defeating the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. No the Wizards didn’t win the NBA finals. But few had even picked them to make the playoffs. The success of 2013 gave Washington Wizards fans the hope that maybe they were just a few steps away from being one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference. Washington’s front office tried to take these steps in the offseason by putting Wizards uniforms on Paul Pierce, Kris Humphries, and Dejuan Blair. The Washington Wizards should remain one of the elite defensive teams in the Eastern Conference in 2014 and with John Wall conducting the offense, any team on the Wizards 2014-15 schedule should be nervous
2013 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Wizards have the talent in place after a long rebuilding phase where we’re hearing the word “playoff” once again. They’ll have a healthy John Wall back, and the point guard has a good enough crew around him to make some noise in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal, #3 overall pick Otto Porter Jr., and Al Harrington will look to spearhead the team along with Wall, while anything from Eric Maynor and Glen Rice Jr. will be huge in terms of depth. The East is no cake-walk, but this Wizards team is believing, and it might be time to believe with them. The Wizards kick off the 2013-14 season at home against the Philadelphia 76ers on Nov. 1, before hitting the road for a game against the Heat. Other key home games will be vs. the Knicks on Nov. 23, vs. the Clippers on Dec. 14, and vs. Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 17.
2012 Washington Wizards Season Preview
There are few more talented and intriguing young players in the NBA than John Wall. The blazing point guard single handedly brought the Wizards back into relevancy, and alongside another young scoring guard in Nick Young. But while the scoring continues to rise, the big men up front are causing teams to take notice by being a great rebounding squad. While the team will go as far as Wall and Young take them, players like forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee grabbing boards and blocking shots that will truly turn them into contenders, and last year was a great start for the possibly upstart Washington Wizards.
2011 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards stumbled to a dismal 26-56 finish last year, and although everything went wrong for them during the season, they were lucky enough to get the first pick in the NBA Draft. The Wizards are looking to rebound with a group of talented young players and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Wizards drafted Kentucky guard John Wall with the first pick, and if he's any bit as dynamic as he was for the Wildcats, he should be a good fit in Washington. Troubled shooting guard Gilbert Arenas is back as well, and if he can stay healthy and avoid any of the locker-room issues that have dogged him in recent years, he can play up to his potential. In the frontcourt, 6-foot-11 Andray Blatche had a break out season a year ago when he averaged more than 14 points a game, and stepped it up while Arenas was suspended. Joining Blatche is Nick Young, who possesses a wealth of athleticism and can be a go-to scorer. Washington also has considerable depth at center, as JaVale Mcgee, Hilton Armstrong and rookie Hamady Ndiaye are all solid players.
2010 Washington Wizards Season Preview
Washington Wizards fans have good reason for hope heading into the 2009-2010 NBA season. The Wizards finished last in the Eastern Conference a year ago, but have all of the pieces to make a run at the playoffs. Washington is led by stars Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. If those two stay healthy, then expect the Wizards to be one of the top eight teams in the East and grab a '09-'10 playoff spot.
2009 Washington Wizards Season Preview
The Washington Wizards are one of the best shooting and scoring teams in the NBA. The "Big Three" of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison are back to drive their opponents mad from the perimeter. Watching a Wizards game at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C. is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Washington Wizards News - 10/14/2016
John Wall made his preseason game debut after undergoing surgery on both of his knees back in May. His performance showed that he is capable of playing like old self. Wall was able to play in the Washington Wizards game for a 15-minute run and even though he isn’t at full health he was able to create some shining moments in the game. Currently, the Wizards are at 2 wins and 2 losses as they head into the Saturday night game against the Kings.
Washington Wizards News - 10/7/2016
Coming off of their preseason loss to the Heat, the Washington Wizards came back with a great win in double-overtime. The Wizards won against the Philadelphia 76ers with a final score of 125-119. Tomas Satoransky led the team with the most minutes and consistently made plays throughout the Washington game. Satoransky showed what he can bring to the team as they gear up for the regular season.
Washington Wizards News - 9/30/2016
The Washington Wizards have already dealt with a number of injuries before the season has even started. Bradley Beal suffered a mild concussion last Wednesday leaving him out of practice for the next few days as he is evaluated. Marcus Thornton is avoiding more damage to a sprained thumb that he suffered on Thursday after jamming his finger. Thornton is expected to return before the start of the 2016-17 Wizards regular season.
Washington Wizards News - 9/23/2016
The starting player for the Washington Wizards' small forward is up for grabs as the team heads into camp. Head coach Scott Brooks has said that he has not made a decision and that he will be ready to see how Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre performs to see you will get the most playing time this season for the Wizards in this position.
Washington Wizards News - 9/16/2016
For the 2016-2017 season, the Washington Wizards welcome new head coach, Scott Brooks. Brooks comes from the Oklahoma City Thunder as their head coach for the past 7 seasons but made the change to the Wizards in 2016. The Washington NBA team has added players Ian Mahimni, Andrew Nicholson, Jason Smith, Marcus Thornton and Trey Burke. Mahimni comes to the Wizards as the second-highest player on the team and is expected to improve the team's stats.
Washington Wizards News - 9/6/2016
The Washington Wizards will have a hurdle to overcome between two of their best players, John Wall and Bradley Beal. It is no secret that Beal and Wall have experienced some friction that could affect the team dynamic as they enter the Wizards 2016-2017 season. As the season approaches all eyes will be on them to see if they will be able to learn how to work together and put their differences away.