Washington Wizards, 1974-75
Lost NBA Finals
The Washington Wizards/Bullets franchise has experienced some greatness in their long history, but perhaps no single season was greater than the 1974-75 season. In spite of the fact that they didn’t win a championship (that came in 1977-78), getting to the Finals was a breakthrough for the franchise that paved the way for a future title.
The Bullets were led by Elvin Hayes and his 23 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, Wes Unseld’s 9.2 points and 14.8 rebounds per game, and Phil Chenier’s 21.8 points per game.
They beat the Buffalo Braves in seven games in the first round, the Boston Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, but fell in four straight games to Rick Barry’s Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
In a losing effort in the Finals, Unseld averaged 12.3 points and 16.8 rebounds per game, and Hayes averaged 20.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.
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