Formerly the Bullets franchise, the Washington Wizards were founded in 1961, moved to Baltimore in 1963, and have called the nation’s capital their home since 1973. Baltimore/Washington was one of the NBA’s most successful teams of the 1970s, reaching four NBA Finals and winning their only championship in the decade. Carrying the Bullets to their success in that era, Hall of Famers Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld comprise two of the top Washington Wizards’ all-time leading scorers.
5. Gus Johnson: 9,781 points
A member of the newest class of inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Gus Johnson ranks fifth among the Washington Wizards’ all-time leading scorers. Johnson was a top player for the Baltimore Bullets from 1963 to 1972, averaging at least 16 points and 11 rebounds in each of his first eight seasons. The five-time All-Star posted a career-high 20.7 points per game in 1966-67 and in 1971 he helped lead the Bullets to their first NBA Finals appearance.
4. Kevin Loughery: 9,833 points
Longtime NBA coach Kevin Loughery spent his best playing days as a starting guard for the Wizards franchise. Loughery spent his prime in a Bullets’ uniform, averaging 16.6 points and 4.0 assists per game in nine seasons with the team. He twice posted scoring averages of 20-plus points, including a career-high 22.6 per game in 1968-69. Loughery went on to spend 20 years as a head coach in the NBA and ABA, winning a pair of championships.
3. Wes Unseld: 10,624 points
Though scoring wasn’t the primary component of his game, Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld ranks third on the Washington Wizards’ all-time leading scorers list. Unseld was a dominant interior presence and one of the greatest rebounders to ever step on a court. In 1968-69, Unseld broke into the NBA by winning both the Rookie of the Year and MVP Awards; he is one of only two players to ever with both awards in the same year. He averaged more than 12 points and 15 rebounds per game in each of his first five seasons, posting career averages of 10.8 points, 14.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists in 13 seasons.
2. Jeff Malone: 11,083 points
Shooting guard Jeff Malone ranks second among the Washington Wizards’ all-time leading scorers. Malone was a pure scorer with a great shooting touch, notching career shooting percentages of .484 from the field and .871 from the line, the latter of which ranks in the NBA’s all-time top 20. In the 1980s, Malone averaged more than 20 points per game five straight times for the Bullets. The two-time All-Star had an overall scoring average of 20.2 points in seven years in Washington and he totaled 17,231 points for his career.
1. Elvin Hayes: 15,551 points
The Washington Wizards’ all-time leading scorer is Hall of Fame center Elvin Hayes. A great scoring, rebounding, and defensive big man, Hayes earned a dozen All-Star selections in his 16-year career split between the Bullets and Rockets. In nine seasons with the Bullets, Hayes compiled a double-double average of 21.3 points and 12.7 rebounds per game. He scored more than 1,500 points in each of his first eight years with the Wizards’ franchise. In addition to points, Hayes holds the Wizards’ team record for blocks and he led them to their first and only championship in 1978. He is also one of the top five scorers in Houston Rockets’ history.
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