Bullets/Wizards Alumni Bios
#10, #14 | Point Guard | Bullets (1986-1987, 1991-1994)
|Date of Birth:||1/19/1963|
|Team Notes:||Played in the 1992 All Star Game|
|High School:||Hartford Public High|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Played in the 1992 All Star Game|
|Life After Basketball:||Coaching HS, College, NBA & WNBA|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||Bill Gates|
|Children:||Michael Christian Adams|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball & Football|
|Last Book Read:||Rich Dad Poor Dad|
Michael Adams split time playing for the Washington Bullets, in 1986-87 and 1991-1994. Adams was born January 19, 1963 in Hartford, Connecticut. He graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications.
Adams, a 5'10 guard, was selected to play in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, which he recalls as his favorite memory with the Bullets. Adams started 148 games for the Bullets from 1991-93, scoring over 1,400 points and 1,000 assists. He scored nine points and had four steals during the All-Star game. Adams has held coaching positions with Richmond Rhythm of the International Basketball League, Grizzlies of the NBA, Washington Mystics of the WNBA, and the University of Maryland.
Currently residing in Mitchellville, MD, Adams enjoys spending time with his family, watching basketball and football and would trade places for a day with Bill Gates.
#31 | Forward | Bullets (1987-1992)
|Date of Birth:||12/11/1963|
|Team Notes:||Averaged 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Washington Bullets|
|High School:||Brophy College Prep.|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Played in the 1992 All Star Game|
Mark Steven Alarie was born on December 11, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona. As a 6’8” forward at Brophy College Preparatory, he was the Arizona Player of the Year in 1982. He average 29.9 points and 17.3 rebounds per game in high school.
After high school, he was recruited to play for Duke University. At Duke, he was a two-time All- Atlantic Coast Conference first team selection and a third team All-American as a senior in the 1986 NCAA championship game. He was drafted with the 18th pick in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. After playing in Denver for one season, he was traded to the Washington Bullets in1987. He played three seasons in Washington before retiring in 1991. Statistically, his 4th NBA season was his best, averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the Washington Bullets.
Mark currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
#42 | Forward | Bullets (1977-1985)
|Date of Birth:||1/29/1955|
|Team Notes:||Won an NBA Championship with the Bullets in 1978|
|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, CA|
Greg Ballard was born on January 29, 1955 in Los Angeles, California. He attended Garey High School in Pomona, California and played college basketball at the University of Oregon.
Ballard was drafted by the Washington Bullets as the 4th overall pick in the 1977 National Basketball Association Draft. He was a member of the 1978 Washington Bullets Championship Team and played 6 seasons in the nation’s capital. Ballard would complete his career with averages of 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game.
Once Greg’s playing days began to wind down, he focused on using his basketball knowledge for coaching. In 1989, he moved to Italy to become an assistant coach for Il Messaggero Roma. Ballard would later return to the States to become an assistant coach in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks.
Assistant Coach | Bullets (1973-1985)
|Date of Birth:||2/11/1944|
|Team Notes:||Assistant Coach for the 1978 Championship team|
|High School:||East Benham|
Bernie Bickerstaff was born on February 11, 1944 in Benham, Kentucky. Bickerstaff played at the University of San Diego from 1964-1966 and was the stand-out MVP and team captain for the Toreros. He went on to be an assistant and head coach for the his alma mater’s team prior to landing in Washington.
After his years as a head coach for the University of San Diego, Bernie got the gig as an assistant coach for the Washington Bullets. He was the Bullets assistant coach from1973-1985. He was a staff member of the 1978 NBA Championship team. He has also held many positions in a front office role for many professional NBA teams including the first head coach and general manager for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Among head coaches, Bickerstaff ranks 33rd all-time in total wins and has a career record of 414-512. Bernie has recently served as Assistant Coach for the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers. His son, John-Blair Bickerstaff, is an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
#21 | Guard | Bullets (1975-1977)
|Date of Birth:||11/23/1943|
|Team Notes:||Played in NBA All Star Game for 7 Years. NBA Rookie of the Year in 1966.|
|Life After Basketball:||Mayor of Detroit and businessman|
David “Dave” Bing was born on November 24, 1943 in Washington D.C. He attended Spingarn High School in Washington D.C., where his basketball career began. After High School, Bing went on to play basketball for Syracuse University. Bing was named to The Sporting News All-America First Team and was Athlete of the Year during his senior year.
In 1966, Bing joined the NBA as the second overall pick of the Detroit Pistons and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 1966-1967 season. With the Pistons, he played in six NBA All-Star Games. After his career with Detroit, Bing went on to spend two years with the Washington Bullets and one with the Boston Celtics. While in Washington, he played in his seventh All-Star game in 1976 and won the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award. Bing retired at the conclusion of the 1977–1978 season. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.
After his playing days were over, Bing worked as a business man in the banking and steel industry. On October 16, 2008, Bing announced that he would be a candidate for the mayor of Detroit. He was elected mayor of Detroit in a special election on May 5, 2009 and was sworn in on May 11, 2009. He still holds this position.
#22 | Forward/Guard | Bullets (1984-1986)
|Date of Birth:||3/19/1957|
|Team Notes:||Set a rookie record for most steals in a season.|
|Nickname:||Steel and Secretary of Defense|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||1985-1986 Playoffs|
|Life After Basketball:||College Basketball Coach, College Professor, General Manager of Richmond Rhythm in IBL, Minor League Coach, and Police Officer|
|Quote to Live by:||"If you start with a lie, you become a liar."|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||No one|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Football, Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Last Book Read:||"Bittersweet" by Danielle Steel|
Dudley Leroy Bradley was born on March 19, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Edgewood High School prior to playing college basketball at the University of North Carolina.
Bradley was selected 13th overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He set the NBA rookie record for steals in a season with 211. He played two seasons for the Washington Bullets in 1984 -1986. He completed his career with an average of 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. His favorite playing memory is being a part of the 1985-1986 Bullets playoff team.
Since retiring, Bradley has coached college basketball, became a college professor, and held the position of General Manager for the Richmond Rhythm of the IBL. He currently serves as a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer.
Guard | Bullets (1980-1981)
|Date of Birth:||3/10/1948|
|Team Notes:||Played one season with the Bullets.|
|High School:||Macklin Catholic|
|Life After Basketball:||Director of Community Relations and Color Commentator for Cavs|
Austin Carr was born on March 10th, 1948 in Washington, DC. Carr played basketball at Mackin Catholic High School. While attending Mackin Catholic, Carr scored over 2,000 points. He was an All-Met basketball player during his junior and senior season.
After a successful high school career, Austin was highly recruited to play at the University of Notre Dame. During his final two seasons, Carr became only the second college player ever to tally more than 1,000 points in a season. Carr holds NCAA tournament records for most points in one game (61), most field goals in one game (25), and most field goals attempted in one game (44). His record scoring average of 50 points per game in seven NCAA playoff games may never be broken. Recently, ESPN named Carr the 22nd greatest college basketball player of all time.
Carr was the first overall selection of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1971 NBA Draft. He was also selected in the 1971 ABA Draft by the Virginia Squires, but signed with the Cavaliers on April 5, 1971. After returning from a series of foot injures in his first year, he began to display the skills which made him the top selection in the NBA draft and was named to the 1972 NBA All-Rookie Team. Carr's best season came in the 1973 – 1974 season, when he averaged a career-best 21.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.76 assists per game while shooting 85.6% from the free-throw line. Carr played out his final season with the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Bullets before retiring in 1981, finishing with career averages of 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
It was announced on April 2, 2007 that Carr was inducted to the second class of the College Basketball Hall of Fame. On February 26, 2011, Notre Dame inducted Carr into the Ring of Honor in the Purcell Pavilion during the Notre Dame men's basketball game against Seton Hall University. In addition, the lower level of the Purcell Pavilion has been renamed the Austin Carr Concourse.
Today, Carr serves as the Director of Community Relations for the Cavaliers and is also a color commentator on the team's broadcasts on Fox Sports Ohio. Carr's #34 is one of six jerseys retired by the Cavaliers.
#3 | Guard | Bullets (1969-1972)
|Date of Birth:||2/14/1945|
|Team Notes:||Coached the Sixers from 1992-1994|
|High School:||Ben Franklin High|
|College:||Mount St. Mary's|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Beating the Knicks to go to the NBA Finals (Jumper)|
|Life After Basketball:||TV. ESPN, Comcast|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||I'm Blessed|
|Children:||6 and 3 Grand|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball & Football|
|Last Book Read:||Da Vinci Code and Angels & Deamons|
Fred Carter spent three seasons with the Baltimore Bullets after being selected in the third round of the 1969 NBA draft. Carter was born February 14, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Mount St. Mary's University where he graduated with a degree in English.
Carter, a 6 foot 3 guard/forward, recalls his jumper to beat the New York Knicks in the 1971 semifinals to send the Bullets to the NBA Finals as his favorite memory. Carter scored 799 points, 165 assists and had a free throw percentage of .650 in over 1,700 minutes played that season. After leaving the Bullets, Carter coached the Philadelphia 76ers from 1992 -94 before becoming an analyst for ESPN and NBA-TV.
Currently residing in Philadelphia, Carter enjoys watching basketball and football and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
#45 | Guard | Bullets (1971-1980)
|Date of Birth:||10/30/1950|
|Team Notes:||Played on Championship Team|
|Basketball Involvement:||TV sports broadcaster for the NBA's Washington Wizards|
Philip (Phil) Chenier was born October 30, 1950 in Berkeley, California. He briefly played at the University of California at Berkeley and was then selected fourth in the 1971 NBA hardship draft by the Baltimore Bullets. Chenier spent nine years with the Baltimore Bullets. He would later play for the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors before retiring after the 1980-81 season.
Chenier was a 1972 NBA all-rookie team selection. In his NBA career, he averaged 17.2 points per game and was named to three NBA all-star teams.
Chenier is currently a television sports broadcaster for the Comcast Sports Network. He resides in Columbia, Maryland with his family. He has two daughters, a son, and multiple grandchildren.
Center/Forward | Bullets (1981-1982)
|Date of Birth:||11/30/1949|
|Team Notes:||Played one season for Bullets|
|High School:||St. Catherine|
|Basketball Involvement:||Radio analyst for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers|
James Bernett Chones was born on November 30, 1949 in Racine, Wisconsin. Chones was a 6’11” forward/center from St. Catherine High School in Wisconsin. Jim had a successful career in high school and was recruited to play at Marquette University.
As a junior in 1972, he averaged 20.5 points and 11.9 rebounds per game for the Golden Eagles. Chones was named to the NCAA All-American First Team that year. Jim left Marquette after his junior year to pursue a career in the ABA. He was the second person in NCAA history to leave school to pursue a career in basketball before his graduating year.
Chones played for the New York Nets in the ABA. He was voted to the ABA 1st Team during his rookie season in 1972-1973. Jim played in the American Basketball Association for two seasons before coming to the National Basketball Association. Chones was a member of the 1980 Los Angeles Lakers team that won the NBA Championship. Chones came to Washington in 1981. Jim finished his career in DC and retired in 1982 with career totals of 9,821 points and 6,427 rebounds in both his ABA and NBA careers.
Since his playing days, Chones spent eleven seasons as the television color analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2007, he returned as a radio postgame analyst. 35 years after leaving Marquette University, Jim returned to the school to earn his degree in Philosophy. He was inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Cleveland Sports Commission Hall of Fame in 2006. During the 2010-2011 season, Jim served as one of two interim radio play by play analysts for the Cavaliers.
#21 | Guard | Bullets (1971-1973)
|Date of Birth:||7/15/1941|
Archie Clark was born on July 15 1941 in Conway Arkansas, later moved to Detroit where he spent most of his childhood days. After graduating from high school Clark joined the United States Army. There he played for an intramural basketball team at Andrews Air Force Base where he was discover by the University of Minnesota. The University offered Archie Clark a full scholarship that he didn’t hesitate to accept playing collegiate basketball for John Kundla. Completing a resilient career at University of Minnesota including an All-Big Ten selection his senior year He was drafted in to the 1966 NBA draft in the fourth round 7th pick, 37th overall.
At the height of 6’2 Clark played guard for five NBA teams including the Bullets. Spending three years with the Bullets, Clark average 16.3 career points and 4.8 career assist. Clark also played in the 1971-72 NBA All Star Game, as representation for the Bullets where he had 8 points and 6 assist, later receiving his second ALL-NBA Second Team honors in 1972. Clark was one of the first basketball players to master the crossover dribble which led to the nick name “Shake and Bake”.
Archie Clark retired from the NBA after playing for 10 years. Clark co-Founded the National Basketball Retired Players Association along with Oscar Robertson and other NBA retirees in 1992. Clark has eight children and six grandchildren.
#10 | Small Forward | Bullets (1977-1981)
|Date of Birth:||11/15/1947|
|High School:||Maggie Walker|
|College:||Norfolk State College|
|Degree:||BS: Social Work, MA: Counseling|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Winning 1978 World Championship|
|Basketball Involvement:||Basketball Trainer, Exec. Dr. Bullets-Wizards Alumni Association|
|Causes/Foundations:||Dress for Success, Hampton Roads|
|Life After Basketball:||The Dandridge Group, NBA Players Union|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Golf|
|Last Book Read:||Sherlock Holmes|
Robert Dandridge (Bob) was born November 17, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Norfolk State University.
Dandridge was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the fourth round of the 1969 NBA draft. In 1970 Dandridge was named to the NBA all-rookie team. He was a part of the Bucks’ 1971 NBA Championship team along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Dandridge was traded to the Washington Bullets in 1977, where he won the 1978 Championship along with future hall-of-famers Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld.
Dandridge averaged 18.5 points per game over 839 regular season games and 20 points per game in 98 playoff games. H was a 4-time NBA All-Star. His dunk in Game 7 of the 1978 Finals sealed the Bullets championship victory.
Dandridge currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia. He serves as the Washington Bullets/Wizards Alumni Association Executive Director.
#52 | Power Forward | Wizards (1997-1999)
|Date of Birth:||6/17/1967|
|High School:||Halifax County High School|
|College:||Virginia Union University|
Terry Davis was born on June 17, 1967 in Danville, VA. He attended Halifax County High school and went on to play four years of college basketball at Virginia Union University. There Davis made a name for himself as a hard-nosed defensive player and became the second NBA athlete to come out of Virginia Union. Davis entered the NBA in 1989 and signed with the Miami Heat. After two seasons in the NBA he signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 1991 becoming integral to the team leading them in rebounds, averaging 9.9 rpg. That season he was also 15 overall in the NBA for rebounding. Davis spent two seasons with the Washington Wizards and one with the Denver Nuggets to complete his NBA career.
#23 | Guard | Bullets (1974-1975)
|Date of Birth:||03/31/1952|
|Degree:||BA: Sociology, Maxwell School|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||1974-75 season with Bullets winning 60 games and making NBA Finals|
|Basketball Involvement:||Coaches sons rec team|
|Causes/Foundations:||Inner City Violence, Jim & Julie Boheim Foundation|
|Life After Basketball:||A great family and many giving people|
|Cook Best:||Ribs on the grill|
|Children:||Marisa (16), Devin (14)|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||NBA Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy|
Dennis DuVal was born on March 31, 1952 in Westbury, NY. During his senior year in 1970 at Westbury High School, DuVal was honored by making the Daily New All-Star team, All County Team, All Long Island Team, and the Sunkist All-American Team. That year he was also named the MVP of the Schoolboy Classic in Schenectady, NY.
DuVal went to college at Syracuse University, where he became one of the school’s top scorers. As a member of the freshman team, he averaged 19.2 points per game. This prompted his promotion to the varsity team as a starting point guard for the next three seasons. In his first varsity season he averaged 15.8 ppg. Then in his junior year, he led the team in scoring (19.6 ppg) and assists (4.0 apg) as the team went 24-5. He led the team in scoring again during his senior year (20.6 ppg), highlighted by a 37-point game against Bucknell when he set a school record with 18 field goals. That year he was also named a 3rd team All-American, as well as to several other All American teams in 1974 including Street & Smith First Team and the Sporting News First Team. In his four years at Syracuse, the Orangemen only lost one game at home. He was later inducted into the Syracuse University Letterman of Distinction Hall of Fame. In his collegiate career, DuVal scored 1,504 career points, second only to fellow Bullets alumni Dave Bing. Following his collegiate success, the Washington Bullets to drafted him in the second round (30th overall).
DuVal played for two seasons in the NBA, including his rookie season 1974-75 for the Washington Bullets. He was a reserve on the team that reached the NBA Championship with a 66-22 record, posting valuable numbers despite his limited playing time. Following his brief professional career, DuVal returned to Syracuse and worked in law enforcement for 26 years, including three years as Chief of Police. He was the first African American Chief of Police for the city, and worked to combat inner city violence and ease racial tensions in the city. In 1994 DuVal was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2000 Syracuse University named him as a member of the school’s All-Century Basketball Team.
He currently resides in Manlius, NY with his wife Jacki and two children, Marisa and Devin. He stays connected to the game by coaching his son’s rec league team.
#11 | Guard | Bullets (1965-1968)
|Date of Birth:||1/31/1939|
John Francis “Johnny” Egan was born on January 31, 1939 in Hartford, Connecticut. As a 5’11” guard, he played for Weaver High School in Connecticut. He then played collegiate basketball at Providence College.
Egan played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association after his time at Providence, totaling 712 career games. For 3 of those 11 seasons, he was a Washington Bullet. After completing his playing career, Egan became the coach for the Houston Rockets for four seasons.
Egan currently resides in Houston, TX.
Guard | Bullets (1990-1994)
|Date of Birth:||4/3/1967|
|Nickname:||Never Nervous Pervis|
|College:||University of Louisville|
Pervis "Never Nervous Pervis" Ellison was born on April 3rd, 1987, in Savannah, Georgia. He attended the University of Louisville (1985-1989) where he majored in Criminal Justice. As a 6'9 freshman, Ellison led Louisville to their second National Championship and was named the Most Outstanding player of NCAA Final Four. After finishing college, Ellison was drafted as the 1st overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 1989 NBA Draft. Following his rookie season, Ellison was traded to Washington where he played for the Bullets from 1990 - 1994. Ellison averaged a career best 20.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game in 1991-1992, but continuous knee and foot injuries limited his production over the years. He went on to play for the Boston Celtics and the Seattle Supersonics before retiring in 2000.
Ellison is currently coaching high school basketball at the Life Center Academy in Burlington, New Jersey. He resides with his family in Voorhees, New Jersey.
#12, #14 | Center/Power Forward | Bullets (1964-1969)
|Date of Birth:||5/31/1937|
|Team Notes:||Was the General Manager of the 1978 Championship team.|
|Birthplace:||St. Louis, MO|
Robert Dean "Bob" Ferry was born on May 31, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Cleveland High School and Saint Louis University.
At 6'8", Ferry played most of his basketball days as a center. He was selected by the St. Louis Hawks with the seventh pick of the 1959 NBA Draft. Bob played ten seasons in the NBA with the Hawks, Detroit Pistons, and eventually the Baltimore Bullets. After his playing career ended, he became an assistant coach. After a short period as an assistant coach he became the general manager for the Washington Bullets, where he won the NBA Executive of the Year Award in 1979 and 1982. Ferry was also the general manager of the Washington Bullets when they won NBA championship in 1978.
Bob Ferry is the father of former Cavs' player and general manager Danny Ferry.
#44 | Forward | Bullets (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
|Date of Birth:||7/4/1965|
|High School:||Hancock Central High School|
|College:||University of Oklahoma|
Harvey Grant was born on July 4th, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia. He attended Hancock Central High School in Sparta, Georgia before going to college at Clemson University for a year. Grant later transferred to Independence Community College, and completed the last two years of his college career at the University of Oklahoma.
As a forward, Grant was selected as the 12th overall pick by the Washington Bullets in the 1988 NBA Draft and averaged 5.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game as a rookie. Grant improved in the 1990-1991 season, averaging 18.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. He was named the runner up for 1991 NBA Most Improved Player. Grant played seven of his eleven NBA seasons with the Washington Bullets (1988-1993, 1996-1998). He also played for the Portland Trail Blazers (1993-1996), and the Philadelphia 76ers (1999). Grant scored a career high of 41 points while with the Bullets in 1992 against the Charlotte Hornets (now New Orleans Hornets).
Grant also has an identical brother, Horace Grant, who played in the NBA.
#35 | Guard | Bullets (1975-1983)
|Date of Birth:||5/12/1953|
|Team Notes:||Championship Team|
|High School:||Hamilton Taft|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Winning the championship in 1978|
|Reside:||Great Falls, VA|
|Basketball Involvement:||Scout for LA Lakers, Analyst for CBS/Westwood One|
|Quote to Live by:||The Essence of Destiny: Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.|
|Causes/Foundations:||The Grevey Foundation|
|Life After Basketball:||Raising a family, running my restaurant, NBA scout|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||Roger Federer|
|Cook Best:||I'm a horrible cook, but my wife is the best cook I know!|
|Children:||Amanda, Kevin & Andrew|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball, Golf, Tennis, Indy Car Racing, Formula One|
|Last Book Read:||Mr. Hoag, The Man I Knew by Kris Tschetter|
Kevin Grevey was born May 12, 1953 in Hamilton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Kentucky. His jersey number, 35, is retired.
Grevey played for the Washington Bullets from 1975-1983 and the Milwaukee Bucks from 1983-1985. For his first two seasons Grevey was a backup small forward and shooting guard. In 1978 he became a starter and averaged 15.5 points per game. He was part of the 1978 championship team.
Over his ten seasons in the league Grevey played 672 games and averaged 11 points per game.
Grevey currently resides in Great Falls, Virginia. He has three children and owns a Sports Bar/Restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia. He is also a color commentator for men's college basketball games.
#12 | Forward | Bullets (1989-1992)
|Date of Birth:||3/27/1967|
|Team Notes:||Drafted 9th overall in 1989. Scored a career high, 31 pts for the Bullets in 1992.|
|Birthplace:||Ft. Walton Beach, FL|
Tom Edward Hammonds was born on March 27, 1967 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He attended Crestview High School, where he was then recruited to play basketball at Georgia Tech.
Hammonds was a member of the US National team. He assisted in winning the gold medal in the 1986 FIBA World Championship. Hammonds was selected 9th overall in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets, after graduating from college. Tom average 5.3 points per game in his career. A highlight in his career was scoring 31 points for the Bullets against the New York Knicks on January 29, 1992.
Hammonds always had a passion for the racing scene. After retiring from basketball, Tom went on to own his own National Hot Rod Association team. The team has raced in the Pro Stock class since 1996.
Guard | Bullets (1974-1976)
|Date of Birth:||8/11/1944|
|Team Notes:||Played 2 seasons with Washington Bullets|
|High School:||Taylor County|
|Basketball Involvement:||Retired from coaching at University of Minnesota in 1999|
Clem Smith Haskins was born on August 11, 1943 in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Clem played for Taylor County High School in Kentucky. He received the honor of High School Scholastic All-American in 1963. After a strong high school performance, Haskins went onto play collegiately at Western Kentucky University.
Clem and teammate Dwight Smith became the first black athletes to integrate the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers basketball program in 1963. Haskins would complete his college career with numerous honors. These include Ohio Valley Conference Player of the in 1966 and 1967 and First-team All-American in 1967.
Clem was the 3rd overall pick in the 1967 NBA draft. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls. Haskins arrived in Washington in 1974. He played 2 seasons in DC before retiring in 1976. He tallied 6,743 points in his career.
After retiring from playing, Haskins returned to his alma mater to become an assistant coach for Western Kentucky. He would eventually become head coach. In 1982, Clem received the honor of Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year. After coaching Western Kentucky, Haskins became the head coach at University of Minnesota. His most accomplished season came when he led the Golden Gophers to finish 1st in the Big Ten regular season and would a Final Four appearance in the 1997 season.
Clem lives on a ranch in Kentucky where he raises cattle. He does color commentary for Western Kentucky basketball home games.
#11 | Power Forward | Bullets (1972-1981)
|Date of Birth:||11/17/1945|
|Nickname:||The Big "E"|
|High School:||Eula D. Briton|
|College:||University of Houston|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||1978 NBA World Champiomship with the Bullets|
|Basketball Involvement:||Radio Analyst|
|Quote to Live by:||Hardwork, dedication and sacrifice|
|Causes/Foundations:||Special Olympics, The Children's charity, my local church|
|Life After Basketball:||An adventure in reality|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||Ted Leonsis|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||The Journey by Billy Graham|
Hayes was born November 17, 1945 in Rayville, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Houston.
Hayes was selected in the first round of the 1968 NBA Draft by the San Diego Rockets, he was traded to the Baltimore Bullets in 1972. Elvin Hayes spent ten seasons with the Baltimore Bullets. Hayes teamed with Hall-Of-Famer, Wes Unseld to form a fierce and dominating front court and led the Washington Bullets to 3 NBA Finals (1975, 1978, and 1979). During the Bullets' championship season (1978), he averaged 21.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game in 21 playoff games. One year later, he set an NBA Finals record for most offensive rebounds in a game (11), in a May 27, 1979 game against the SuperSonics.
In his NBA career, Hayes averaged 21 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He played at least 80 games every season. He is a member of the NBA's 50th anniversary all-time team and an inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His #11 jersey was retired by the Bullets.
Hayes Currently residing in Houston, Texas. He is a radio analyst for the Houston Cougars men's basketball team. He is also involved with the Special Olympics and The Children's Charity. He has four children and says life after basketball has been "an adventure in reality." His words to live by include hardwork, dedication, and sacrifice.
#14 | Guard | Bullets (1976-1979)
|Date of Birth:||1/26/1952|
|Team Notes:||Was on the 1978 championship team|
|High School:||DeWitt Clinton|
Tom Henderson was born on January 26, 1952 in Newberry, South Carolina. He played high school basketball at DeWitt Clinton in Bronx, New York. He continued to play basketball at the University of Hawaii.
Henderson was known for being a tough-minded 6'4" guard. During the 1974 NBA Draft, Tom was drafted in the first round, 7th overall, by the Atlanta Hawks. He came to Washington in 1976 and played 3 seasons where he was a member of the 1978 NBA Championship Team. He accumulated 6,088 points and 3,136 assists in his career. In addition to professional league play, Henderson was a member of the United States Basketball Team that won a silver medal during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.
Since retiring from basketball in 1983, Henderson focuses his time as an administrator at a Houston-area juvenile facility.
Forward | Bullets (1992-1993)
|Date of Birth:||1/2/1964|
|Team Notes:||Played one season with the Bullets|
|High School:||Carol W. Hayes|
|Basketball Involvement:||Raising a family and starting a small Defense Contracting company.|
Alfonso "Buck" Johnson was born on January 3, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama. Buck attended Carol W. Hayes High School where his team won back to back high school state championships. He went on to play in college at the University of Alabama from 1982 - 1986 where he was part of a team that made 4 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. While attending Alabama, Buck was a member of the 1983 Under-19 US Nationals basketball team that took home the gold medal during the FIBA World Championships.
After his college career, Buck was drafted 20th overall in the 1986 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. He played 6 seasons alongside Hakeem Olajuwon and Otis Thorpe in the front court. After 6 seasons with the Rockets, Buck signed a two year contract with the Washington Bullets in 1992 and would finish his NBA career in the nation's capital.
Johnson played 7 seasons in the NBA from 1986 - 1993. Buck also played 8 seasons in Europe. In his career, Johnson played in 505 games and scored a total of 4,617 points. He currently resides in Harvest, Alabama.
Guard | Bullets (1981-1988)
|Date of Birth:||11/23/1958|
|High School:||Lake Weir|
Frank Johnson was born on November 23rd, 1958, in Weirsdale, Florida. He attended Lake Weir High School in Summerfield, Florida before studying at Wake Forrest in 1976. Johnson was drafted as a guard by the Washington Bullets as the 11th overall pick in the first round of the 1981 NBA Draft and was named to the 1982 All-NBA Rookie Team. Johnson played for the Bullets for seven seasons (1981-1988), which included his most productive season averaging 12.5 points, 8.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game in 1982-1983. Johnson went on to play for the Houston Rockets, A. Ranger Varese in Italy, Marr Rimini in Italy, Olympique Antibes in France and the Phoenix Suns before retiring in 1994. Following his retirement, Johnson continued to work for the Suns in their community relations department and acted as a representative for the NBA's Team Up and Stay in School Programs. Johnson also went on to serve as a Suns assistant coach from 1997-2002 before he became Head Coach from 2002-2003.
Johnson currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
#25 | Forward-Center | Bullets (1963-1972)
|Date of Birth:||12/13/1938|
|High School:||Central High School|
Gus “Honeycomb” Johnson was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets as the 10th overall pick in the 1963 NBA Draft and went on to play nine sensational seasons with the Bullet’s before playing out the final season of his career in the ABA. The late Johnson was born in Akron, Ohio on December 13, 1938 and attended Central High School where he was known to be an outstanding student in the classroom and an exceptional player on the court, earning him All-State recognition.
Johnson went on to attend the University of Akron and Boise State Junior College before later transferring to the University of Idaho to play for head coach Joe Cipriano. Gus Johnson made an immediate impact on the Vandals team helping bolster the team’s record to an amazing 12-2 through January. The outstanding collegiate player averaged 19 points and 20.3 rebounds per game during his junior year leading to an overall 20-6 (.769) team record, the best the school had seen in over 35 years. Johnson’s “sweet” play during his college career earned him the nickname “Honeycomb.”
Once being drafted to the NBA Gus Johnson made an immediate impact as a starter and averaged 17.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game for the Bullets. His ability to score inside, play above the rim, and make plays in the open court led to a runner up position for Rookie of the Year honors to standout Jerry Lucas. Gus Johnson went on to appear in 5 NBA All-Star games and also helped the Bullets win the NBA Eastern Division for the very first time in 1969.
Honeycomb Johnson’s number 25 jersey was retired by the Washington Bullets on his 48th birthday and he was honored by both of his college institutions. Johnson’s career also earned him acceptance into the NBA Hall-of-Fame in 2010. Honeycomb left a mark on the NBA as he was one of the first forwards to combine his jumping ability, strength, and speed on the court and dominate the game at more than one position.
#15, #42 | Guard/Forward | Bullets (1974-1977)
|Date of Birth:||1/1/1945|
James "Jimmy" Jones was born January 4, 1945 in Tallulah, Louisiana. He attended McCall High School in Tallulah, Louisiana and played basketball at Grambling State University.
As a 6'4" guard/forward, Jones was drafted by the National Basketball Association's Baltimore Bullets in 1967. He was also drafted by the New Orleans Buccaneers in the 1967 ABA Draft. Jimmy Jones made the decision to compete in the ABA, where he played seven seasons for the New Orleans Buccaneers, Memphis Pros, and Utah Stars. He is known for being one of the ABA's best players, averaging 19.2 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.9 rebounds during his seven years in the league. Jones finally joined the Bullets franchise in 1974, appearing in three seasons before retiring in 1977.
Walter "Wali" Jones
Guard | Bullets (1964-1965)
|Date of Birth:||2/14/1942|
Walter "Wali" Jones was born on February 14th, 1942, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jones attended Overbrook High School before attending Villanova University. As a guard, Jones was drafted as the 18th overall pick in Round 3 of the 1964 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. In his first season, Jones played for the Baltimore Bullets (1964-1965) and was named to the NBA All-Star Rookie Team while helping the Bullets reach the playoffs. Jones went on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, the Milwaukee Bucks, Utah Stars (American Basketball Association), and the Detroit Pistons. He played on the 1967-1968 Philadelphia 76ers championship team that featured Wilt Chamberlin. Since retiring, Jones has worked for the Department of Education and as a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. He has helped promote educational programs such as Shoot for the Stars, Reach to Achieve and Champions4Champions. He was recognized for his efforts in 1999 when he was presented with the President's Award by Bill Clinton during the Stop the Violence campaign.
Jones currently resides in Miramar, Florida.
Forward | Bullets (1987-1991)
|Date of Birth:||12/4/1956|
|Team Notes:||Went to the All-Star game in 1991 when he was a member of the Bullets|
|High School:||Fort Hamilton|
Bernard King was born on December 4, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Fort Hamilton high school went to college at the University of Tennessee. He was selected 7th overall in the 1977 NBA Draft by the New York Nets, who months later relocated and became known as the New Jersey Nets.
At 6 feet 7 inches, Bernard King represented the perfect example of a small forward in the NBA. In his rookie season, King set a New Jersey Nets franchise record for most points scored in a season with 1,909, at 24.2 points per game. He would later surpass this record with his 2,027 point season in 1983-84, earning the first of his back-to-back All-NBA First Team selections. On January 31, 1984, as a Knick, King made history by becoming the first player since 1964 to score at least 50 points in consecutive games: scoring 50 points in a 117-113 Knicks victory over the San Antonio Spurs on January 30, and following it up with another 50 point performance, this time in a 105-98 win over the Dallas Mavericks. The next season, on Christmas Day, 1984, King lit up the New Jersey Nets for 60 points, becoming just the tenth player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in a single game.
At the peak of his career, King suffered a devastating knee injury, a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. After sitting out for a season, due to his injury, he was eventually traded to the Washington Bullets. King would have a very successful comeback with the Washington Bullets, improving his scoring average each year with the squad and returning to the All-Star Game one last time in 1991. King went back to the Nets and retired with them in 1993. He retired with 19,665 points in 874 games, for an average of 22.5 points per game during his career and was a 4x NBA All-Star. At the time of his retirement, King ranked 16th on the all-time NBA scoring list.
On February 13, 2007, Bernard King's number 53 was retired at the halftime of the Tennessee-Kentucky men's college basketball Game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. His jersey number was the first jersey number retired by the Volunteers, who later retired Ernie Grunfeld's number, King's former teammate. He currently resides in Duluth, GA
#31 | Forward | Bullets (1982-1984)
|Date of Birth:||6/12/1960|
|High School:||Fitzgerald High School|
|College:||University of Detroit|
Joe Kopicki was born on June 12, 1960 in Warren, Michigan. He attended Fitzgerald High School in Warren, before going on to play at the University of Detroit Mercy. Joe was selected in the 3rd Round, 56th overall, by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1982 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut on March 12, 1983. Joe went on to play three seasons in the NBA, including two with Washington and one with Denver, and averaged 3.7 points per game. After several seasons in the NBA, Kopicki decided to play the rest of his career in Europe, including stops in Italy and Spain.
#22 | Forward | Bullets (1973-1976)
|Date of Birth:||7/1/1951|
|High School:||Central High School|
|College:||University of Toledo|
|Reside:||Traverse City, MI|
Thomas William Kozelko was born on July 1, 1951 in Traverse City, Michigan. He was a star basketball player from Central High School in Michigan. The 6'8 forward had a successful collegiate career at the University of Toledo. Has a Rocket, he finished with 1,561 points in his three year career. He was the first player in Mid-American Conference history to be named MAC player of the year twice, 1972 and 1973. In 1983, he was named to the University of Toledo athletic Hall of Fame.
Kozelko was drafted by the Capital Bullets 48th overall in the 1973 NBA Draft. He played three seasons for the Bullets, who were renamed the Washington Bullets in his three seasons with the team. He averaged 10.1 minutes and 2.2 points per game during his time in Washington.
Tom returned home after playing basketball; where he currently resides today in Traverse City, Michigan.
#25 | Forward/Center | Bullets (1976-1981)
|Date of Birth:||5/24/1954|
|Team Notes:||Member of the 1978 Championship Team; All-Rookie team in 1976; Drafter by Bullets.|
Mitchell "Mitch" Kupchak was born on May 24, 1954 in Hicksville, New York. Kupchak played basketball for Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Long Island, NY. He went on to play for the University of North Carolina men's basketball team where he became an All-American.
Kupchak was drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1976 and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team. That same year he played on the gold medal winning team at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. He had four productive seasons with Washington and was part of the team that won the NBA Championship in 1978. He signed a long term contract with the Lakers in 1981 and played a key role on the Lakers' 1985 championship team.
Mitch retired in 1986 to become Assistant General Manager under Jerry West for the LA Lakers. In the 2000-01 season Jerry West moved to the Memphis Grizzlies organization and Kupchak became the GM. Since becoming the GM, Kupchak and the Lakers have won seven NBA Championships including the back to back NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010. He still holds this position to this day.
Forward/Center | Wizards (2001-2004)
|Date of Birth:||8/17/1969|
|High School:||Nichols School|
Christian Donald Laettner was born on August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York. He played for Nichols School in Buffalo, New York. In his freshmen year, Laettner scored 67 points in a game. He set the most points at his high school by scoring over 2,000 points in his career. Christian was recruited to play at Duke University.
Laettner was extremely successful in college. Laettner was one of only four players to play in four consecutive Final Fours and the only one to start in all four. He was a member of the Blue Devils basketball team that won the 1991 and 1992 NCAA Championship. Christian is the all-time three-point shooting percentage leader at Duke with 48.5%. Some honors that Christian received while at college include: 1992 AP National Player of the Year, 1992 John R. Wooden Award, 1992 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year, 1992 Naismith College Player of the Year, and 1991 and 1992 ACC Male Athlete of the Year.
Laettner's claim to fame came when he shot a last-second, game winning jump shot on March 28th, 1992 to defeat Kentucky 104-103 in the East Regional Final of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Christian's shot was considered the most memorable basketball shot of all-time in 2007. It is often referred as "The Shot." Laettner's jersey was retired by Duke University in 1992. He completed his career with averages of 16.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game at Duke.
Laettner was the only college player selected for the 1992 United States Men's Olympic Team. The team won the gold medal that year and is known as the Dream Team. That same year Laettner was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves 3rd overall in the NBA Draft. Christian was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1992-1993. Christian came to the nation's capital during the 2000-2001 season. He played 3.5 seasons with the Washington Wizards. Laettner would retire with the Miami Heat in 2005.
Since his career, Christian co-owns a community development company, Blue Devil Ventures (BDV) with two former Duke Alumni. He has made numerous charitable contributions to his high school and the Duke men's basketball program. Laettner and his organization, BDV, are currently investors in Major League Soccer's DC United.
Athletic Trainer | Bullets (1976-1994)
|Date of Birth:||8/24/1943|
|Birthplace:||Fort Worth, TX|
|High School:||Laneri High School|
John Lally was born in Fort Worth, Texas Aug. 24 1943. Lally attended Laneri High School in Fort Worth. After which he continued his studies close to home at Texas Christian University, and in 1965 graduated with a degree in Physical Education and Biology Minor.
John Lally began his career as an athletic trainer with the ABA Dallas Chaparrals from 1967-72 and the Memphis Sounds from 1974-75. In 1976 Lally joined the NBA Washington Bullets and stayed with the team through 1994. From 1996 to 1999 Lally worked in the Bullets front office. He was a proud part of the 1978 Bullets Championship team. In 1995 he moved to Toronto and spent his last NBA season with the Raptors.
In 2005 Lally moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for two years and still makes frequent trips back to his residence there. Since retiring he has returned to Fort Worth where he still continues to enjoy basketball as a spectator and support his Alma Matter, TCU. Go Frogs!
Forward | Capitols (1950)
|Date of Birth:||4/3/1928|
|College:||West Virginia State University|
Earl Lloyd, the first African American to play in the NBA, was born on April 3, 1928 in Alexandria, Virginia. He played for West Virginia State University and was known for his defense. While at West Virginia State, he won two CIAA Conference and Tournament championships, was All-Conference three times, and was All-American twice. In 1947, his West Virginia team was the only undefeated team in the United States.
He was drafted in 1950 by the Washington Capitols, the predecessor to the Baltimore Bullets. After serving in the Army, he spent most of his time with the Syracuse Nationals where he was for six seasons which led him to the Detroit Pistons for two years before he retired in 1960. He was also one of the first African Americans to play in a NBA championship. He went on to coach the Pistons in 1972 for a season.
In his later years, he was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a contributor and had the basketball court at T. C. Williams high school named after him.
#22 | Guard | Baltimore Bullets (1963–1971)
|Date of Birth:||3/28/1940|
|High School:||Cardinal Hayes Bronx|
|College:||St. Johns University|
|Life After Basketball:||Became an NBA and ABA Coach for 20 years; Won 2 ABA championships|
|Children:||Steven and Kevin Jr.|
|Favorite Bullets Memory:||Defeating the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference finals in 1971|
Kevin Loughery was born on March 28, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School in New York City. After high school, Loughery began his collegiate playing career at Boston College, though he transferred to St. John’s after his first year. At St. John’s, Loughery was part of two 20-win seasons and averaged 15.5 points per game in his senior year.
In 1962, Loughery was drafted in the 2nd round by the Detroit Pistons. He was later traded to the Baltimore Bullets, where he would play 9 of his 11 seasons in the NBA. He ended his playing career in 1973 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
After he retired as a player, Loughery transitioned into coaching. He became the head coach of the ABA’s New York Nets, where he would win 2 ABA Championships in 3 seasons and stay with the team for their first 5 years in the NBA. He has also coached for the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets, and Miami Heat. Loughery has also worked as a broadcaster for the professional basketball.
#13 | Forward | Bullets (1971-1973)
|Date of Birth:||4/9/1949|
|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, CA|
Stanley (Stan) S. Love was born April 9, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Morningside High School in Inglewood, California and then played collegiately for the University of Oregon Ducks from 1968 to 1971.
As a 6'9" forward, Love was the 9th pick in the 1971 NBA Draft, chosen by the Baltimore Bullets. He was also selected by the Dallas Chaparrals in the 1971 ABA Draft, but opted to play for the National Basketball Association. He spent two years with Baltimore Bullets and went on to play one more year in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. Love spent his final season with San Antonio Spurs, then of the American Basketball Association, completing his four-year professional basketball career. He retired from basketball in 1975, with per-game averages of 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 fouls for 14.7 minutes in 239 career games.
Love is the younger brother of Beach Boys founding member Mike Love. He is the cousin of Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Carl Wilson, and Dennis Wilson as well. After his career in basketball, Love was employed as a full-time bodyguard and assistant to Brian Wilson, working to aid the troubled musician to daily life and keep him drug-free.
In 1994 Love was inducted into the University of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
#44 | Power Forward/Center | Bullets (1980-1985)
|Date of Birth:||9/21/1958|
|Team Notes:||Drafted by Bullets in the 1980 draft 35th overall|
|Basketball Involvement:||Former coach of WNBA Detroit Shock|
Derrick Mahorn (Rick) was born September 21, 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut. Mahorn played basketball at Hampton University; he was a three-time NCAA Division II All-American and set 18 school records.
Mahorn was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1980 NBA Draft. He spent five years with the Bullets. Mahorn was a 6'10" power forward and center, he had a reputation for physical play. He won his only NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 1989.
Mahorn played for a variety of teams including the Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and overseas with in Italy with Serie A league. He retired after the 1999 season.
Mahorn coached in the WNBA, with the Detroit Shock, from 2005-2009, before the team moved to Tulsa. Mahorn currently resides in Detroit, Michigan and is a radio analyst for the Detroit Pistons.
#24 | Guard | Bullets (1983-1990)
|Date of Birth:||6/28/1961|
|Team Notes:||Shot the famous buzzer beater shot in 1984 game against Detroit Pistons|
|Nickname:||Fade/Dr. of Fadeology|
|College:||Mississippi State University|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Scoring 28 points in the 3rd quarter at Phoenix and a last second 3 point shot to win against Detroit falling out of bounds.|
|Basketball Involvement:||JV Head Coach, Hamilton High School, Camps and Coaching|
|Quote to Live by:||It is better to give than to receive. Acts 20:35|
|Causes/Foundations:||Chandler Christian Church - The Bridge - Operation Next Level|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||Boney James or Richard Elliott|
|Children:||4 children (3 boys,1 girl)|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Football|
|Last Book Read:||The Story - Zondervan|
Jeff Malone was born on June 28, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama. Jeff went on to play basketball at Mississippi State University.
In 1983, Malone was drafted by Washington with the 10th overall pick. Malone was a 6'4" strong, offensive guard. He is most remembered for averaging more than 20 points a game for six seasons with Washington. During Malone's rookie season, he hit a game winning 3-point shot, against the Detroit Pistons, as he was falling along the left baseline. The shot gave the Bullets a 103-102 victory. The shot is considered to be one of the best in NBA's history.
Currently, Malone coaches the Hamilton High School JV Basketball team. He currently resides in Chandler, Arizona and focuses his time on coaching and volunteering with foundations such as Operation Next Level, The Bridge, and Chandler Christian Church.
#4 | Center | Bullets (1986-1988)
|Date of Birth:||3/23/1955|
|High School:||Petersburg High School|
|Team Notes:||One of only 3 Bullets players to score over 50 points in a game|
Moses Malone was born on March 23, 1955 in Petersburg, VA. The 6’10 center/ power forward graduated from Petersburg High School in 1974. Although he signed a letter of intent to play with the University of Maryland, Malone was drafted by the Utah Stars in the American Basketball Association. He then spent his second season in the ABA with the Spirit of St. Louis. During the 1975-1976 ABA-NBA merger, Malone was signed by the Buffalo Braves where he played in two games before being traded to the Houston Rockets. Under the guidance of Rockets coach Tom Nissalke, also his former Utah Stars coach, Malone emerged as one of the most ferocious players in the NBA. In 1978 Malone made his first of 12 consecutive NBA All-Star appearances. He became the third best rebounder in the league and set an NBA playoff record of 15 offensive rebounds during overtime in game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals in 1979.
In 1982, Malone was traded to the 76ers and helped the team to an NBA Championship victory. He was named NBA MVP for the second year in a row becoming the only NBA player to accomplish the feat in consecutive years with two separate teams. In 1986 Malone was traded to the Washington Bullets where he averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebound per game. During his time with the Bullets, Malone set milestones that included scoring his 20,000 NBA career-point and becoming only one of three Bullets players to score over 50 points in a game. Malone rounded out his NBA career with the Hawks, 76ers and Spurs. In his last game with the Spurs, Malone hit a buzzer-beater three pointer from the opposing free throw line to beat the Charlotte Hornets.
Malone played 19 seasons with the NBA and 21 seasons of professional basketball overall. When he retired in 1995 he was the last active former ABA player and held numerous awards in both leagues including the 1983 NBA Championship, NBA Finals MVP in 1983, three NBA MVP awards, twelve NBA All-Star appearances, two ABA All-Star appearances, and many more. In 2001, Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
#15, #24 | Small Forward | Bullets (1966-1972)
|Date of Birth:||10/12/1944|
|High School:||Farrell High|
|Degree:||AB Chemistry, JD|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Beating Knicks in 7th game at MSG for '71 Eastern Conference Championship|
|Basketball Involvement:||Attorney, Retired Players Association|
|Quote to Live by:||The Golden Rule|
|Causes/Foundations:||Chairman of Board, Hope for the Warriors|
|Life After Basketball:||Legal career, golf career and happy marrige of 37 years|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||Scott Pruett, Champion Sports Car Racer|
|Cook Best:||Grilled meats but my wife is gourmet chef so rely mostly on her.|
|Children:||Son, Jon 29|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||NBA Playoffs, Golf Majors, All Auto Racing|
|Last Book Read:||Pirate Latitudes, Michael Crichton|
John Marin (Jack) was born on October 22, 1944 in Sharon, Pennsylvania. Marin played basketball at Duke University. After retiring from basketball Marin went back to Duke for law school. He is a member of the Duke Sports Hall of Fame.
Marin was a 6'7" guard/forward and played 11 seasons in the NBA. He played for the Baltimore Bullets, Houston Rockets, Buffalo Braves and Chicago Bulls. Marin was a two-time all-star and scored over 12,000 points in his NBA career. He led the NBA in free throw percentage during the 1971-72 season. He was part of a trade that sent him to Houston in exchange for Elvin Hayes.
Marin is currently involved with the Wounded Warrior Program at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
#22 | Center | Bullets (1994-1996)
|Date of Birth:||7/30/1972|
|High School:||St. Catherine's High|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||My first two points - a dunk from a pass by Calbert Cheaney|
|Life After Basketball:||Color commentary for Marquette's Men's basketball team on radio and television|
|Would Trade Pace with Whom:||Jimmy Buffett|
|Children:||Hansen, Lorelei, Kailey, Weston|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||"I'm not a spectator by nature"|
|Last Book Read:||Personal Fouls by Peter Golenbock|
Jim McIlvaine was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, where he attended St. Catherine's High School. As a senior, he was named the Wisconsin State Player of the Year in basketball, after averaging 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks per game. Highly-coveted as a recruit, Jim chose to stay close to home, picking Marquette over UCLA, Vanderbilt and Florida State.
Jim picked up at Marquette right where he left off in high school, dominating at both ends of the court and helping propel Marquette from the cellar of college basketball, back into the national spotlight with a Sweet 16 appearance during his senior campaign. Marquette led the nation in defensive field goal percentage during Jim's final two seasons and he was named college basketball's top defensive player after his All-American senior season. McIlvaine owns the second highest field goal percentage in school history and finished as Marquette's all-time leading shot-blocker, with 399 rejections, which ranked him fifth all-time in NCAA history. Jim graduated with a BA from Marquette's school of Communications in the spring of 1994.
McIlvaine was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1994 NBA draft. He played two years for the Bullets, before signing as a free-agent with the Seattle Sonics in 1996. McIlvaine was a starter for two years in Seattle, during which time the Sonics won two Pacific Division titles. Jim was traded to the New Jersey Nets in 1999, where he played three more seasons before retiring in 2001. His career average of 1.72 blocks per game placed him 33rd all-time in NBA history.
Jim was active with the NBA Players Association throughout his NBA career, serving as either a player representative or on the executive committee for six of his seven NBA seasons. Jim sat on several special committees during his tenure as Secretary/Treasurer of the NBPA, including the search committee which resulted in the hiring of Billy Hunter as Executive Director. Jim also served on the negotiating committee during the 1999 NBA lockout, which led to a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement worth more than $3 billion.
Since retiring, Jim has remained very active both in the basketball world and beyond. He has been working as the color analyst for the Marquette Basketball radio network since 2005-06, which carries several affiliates in three states and is occasionally carried on XM satellite radio. Jim also maintains a blog at the website of the Marquette Basketball flagship station - www.espnmilwaukee.com.
Outside of basketball, Jim serves on the board of Camp Anokijig, a non-profit youth and family camp located in the Kettle Moraine region of Wisconsin. Jim also works regularly as a contributing editor for several car magazines, including Popular Hotrodding, GM High-Tech Performance and Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords. His photography work has appeared in several other automotive publications as well as Waterski magazine. McIlvaine is an avid waterskier and snow skier. Jim also works in social media, as the eCare Manager for OPTIMA Batteries, Inc. In the summertime, Jim enjoys surfing, horseback riding and participating in triathlons.
Jim is married to the former Gwendolyn Gillingham, who played on the 1994 North Carolina women's basketball national championship team. They currently reside in Racine, Wisconsin with their four children.
#40 | Guard | Bullets (1967-1968)
|Date of Birth:||10/6/1944|
|Team Notes:||Drafted with in the 11th round in the 1966 draft by the Baltimore Bullets|
|Nickname:||Stan the Man|
|College:||New York University|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Breaking the record for most free throws in one quarter|
|Quote to Live by:||A good head and good heart are a great team|
|Causes/Foundations:||100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Ing, NAACP, Urban League|
|Life After Basketball:||World travel, missionary outreach|
|Cook Best:||Pot Roast, Ribs, Steaks|
|Children:||3 children (now adults)|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||The Bible|
Stan McKenzie is the Supervisor of Missions for the Thirteenth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which comprises the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. His wife, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the presiding bishop.
In this role, McKenzie has led thousands of missionaries and young people in "A.M.E. Works Days," a district-wide observance, now approaching its sixth-year, that addresses community issues and works to collaboratively improve them. He also established diet and weight loss support groups throughout the district, even establishing a Farmers Market in South Memphis, making healthy fruits and vegetables more accessible to neighborhood residents. In addition to sponsoring blood donation drives, walks, health fairs, and other wellness programs, the 13th Episcopal District with McKenzie's lead has provided emergency assistance through clothes, food drives, soup kitchens, along with Thanksgiving and Christmas basket distribution.
McKenzie also served as the Supervisor of Missions from 2000 to 2004 in the Eighteenth Episcopal District, which includes Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Mozambique. There he instituted an entrepreneur program to teach youth and young adults business skills to help them in a failing economic environment. He provided start-up funds for seven new businesses such as chicken farming, brick and candle making in Southeast Africa. The profits helped build new churches and mission houses as well as helped expand existing church infrastructure. He also initiated a district-wide service day that created hundreds of ministry opportunities for missionaries.
Drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1966, McKenzie played guard for many years on several teams: the Baltimore Bullets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets. An NBA multi-record holder, McKenzie still holds the record for "Most Consecutive Free Throw Shooter," beating out basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain.
After retiring from the NBA, he spent more than two decades in human resources and personnel services. He served as Branch Manager for Career Blazers and HireOne. As manager, his day to day responsibilities included overseeing a multi-million dollar budget, writing U.S. government proposals, supervising and training staff, contract negotiations, client relations and streamlining and implementing security procedures.
McKenzie is a graduate of New York University, even being inducted in their Hall of Fame. He also studied International Law at the University of Perugia in Italy. McKenzie is the recipient of many honors and awards including the Jesse Owens Life Time Achievement Award from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Eagle Award from Career Blazers Personnel Service.
McKenzie is an active member of many organizations including 100 Black Men, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the NBA Players Association.
A devoted family man, McKenzie and his wife are the parents of three adult children, Jon-Mikeal, Vashti Jasmine and Joi-Marie. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
#54 | Forward/Center | Bullets (1983-1986)
|Date of Birth:||5/26/1952|
|Team Notes:||NBA Player of the Week in 1986|
|Life After Basketball:||US Congressman from 1987-1993|
|Favortie Playing Memory:||NBA Player of the Week in 1986|
|Quote to Live by:||For every adversity, there is a seed of greater benefit|
|Foundation/Cause:||University of Maryland Board of Regents|
|Trade Place:||President Obama|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||Colonel Roosevelt, Edmond Morris|
Mr. McMillen has had a highly diversified and successful career in the fields of sports, business, and politics.
Mr. McMillen served three consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from the Fourth Congressional District of Maryland from 1987 to 1993, and was named by President Clinton to co-chair of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1993. He served in that capacity through December 1997. McMillen began his involvement with the Council in 1970 as a high school senior when he was selected by President Nixon to become the youngest member of the Council. McMillen was the originator of the National Foundation on Physical, Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
Mr. McMillen's sports career had an inauspicious start as the family's orthopedic surgeon gave a prognosis to McMillen while in grade school that because of a knee defect, he would never play basketball. Despite his doctor's warnings, McMillen had an illustrious high school basketball career where he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the best high school player in America and held the all time Pennsylvania scoring record for 28 years (including a 47 - point average his senior year). After graduating as valedictorian and a highly publicized recruiting ordeal, McMillen choose the University of Maryland where he was a three-time All-American in basketball, an academic All-American, and a member of the controversial 1972 Olympic Team in which the US basketball team refused to accept a silver medal because of refereeing disputes. McMillen also served as the Chairperson for the Governor's Commission on Student Affairs. When he graduated from the University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Mr. McMillen delivered the valedictorian address for his class. Mr. McMillen is the first and only University of Maryland student to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, on which he received a Bachelor and Master of Arts in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University in 1978. McMillen still holds the all time career scoring average for the University basketball program.
In the 1974 National Basketball Association draft, Mr. McMillen was the first selection by the Buffalo Braves. He subsequently played for 11 years in the N.B.A., with the New York Knicks, the Atlanta Hawks, and the Washington Bullets (now Washington Wizards). He retired from the N.B.A. in 1986 when he was elected to Congress. McMillen is the only active professional athlete to announce and campaign for Congress while still on the roster of a professional team.
In Congress, Mr. McMillen served on the Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. He was unanimously elected as President of the Democratic freshman class of the 100th Congress. While in Congress, Mr. McMillen held the Maryland record for consecutive House floor votes, casting 2,050 votes in a row during his first five years in office. He served as Chairman of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Caucus, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Biotechnology Caucus, and Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government Task Force.
Currently, Mr. McMillen serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Homeland Security Capital Corp, a homeland security consolidator. He is a director of the Dominion Funds, Inc., a publicly traded mutual fund. Mr. McMillen also serves on the advisory board of Clean Energy Systems, a clean coal technology firm, and Integrity Global Security, a cyber security firm.
During his career, Mr. McMillen has an active investor, principal, and board member in companies in the following industries: cellular telephone, paging, health care, motorcycle, environmental technology, real estate and insurance.
In May 1988, Mr. McMillen was inducted into the first GTE Academic All-American Hall of Fame as a charter member. From 1991-2003, he served on the Knight Foundation's Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics investigating abuses within college sports. Also, Mr. McMillen is the co-author of Out of Bounds, a book on sports and ethics in America. In 2002, the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mr. McMillen was chosen as one of the ACC's Top 50 players of all time. In 2010, McMillen was inducted into the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of fame. In 2010, he was inducted into the University of Maryland's Alumni Association Hall of Fame.
Mr. McMillen serves as a member of the University of Maryland System Board of Regents, a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland College Park's School of Public Affairs, Chairperson of the Executive Board of the University of Maryland College Park's Center for American Politics and Citizenship, and a member of the National Security Advisors of University of Maryland College Park. He is a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC. He previously served as a member of the University of Maryland College Park's Foundation Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the University of Oxford U.S. Sports Campaign Committee. Mr. McMillen is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece.
He is a retired NBA professional basketball player, Rhodes Scholar, and Democratic U.S. Congressman who represented the 4th congressional district of Maryland from January 3, 1987 to January 3, 1993.
#10, #15 | Guard | Bullets (1967-1972)
|Date of Birth:||11/21/44|
|Team Notes:||Rookie of the Year in 1967; Retired #10 jersey in 2007|
|Nickname:||Earl The Pearl, Black Magic|
|High School:||John Bartram|
|Reside:||New York, NY|
Earl Monroe (Earl the Pearl) was born on November 21, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He played college basketball at Winston-Salem State University.
The Baltimore Bullets drafted Earl in the 1967 NBA draft with the second overall pick. Monroe had a standout rookie season; he averaged 24.3 points per game and scored 56 points in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers. At the time, Monroe set the franchise record for highest rookie total. Monroe and teammate, Wes Unseld, played very well together. They were known for their ability to run the ball. In 1971, Monroe was traded to the New York Knickerbockers, as a result the Baltimore Bullets got Mike Riordan.
Monroe went out to become a two-time All-American and four-time all-star. His #10 jersey was retired by the Washington Wizards in 2007. Monroe currently resides in New York City.
Head Coach | Bullets (1976-1980)
|Date of Birth:||9/3/1931|
|Team Notes:||Head Coach of 1978 NBA Championship Team|
|College:||Utah State University|
|Reside:||Fish Haven, ID|
John Richard "Dick" Motta was born on September 3, 1931 in Midvale, Utah. He attended Utah State University. Upon graduation, he coached basketball for two years at a high school in Idaho. As a coach, he won the 1959 Idaho State High School Championship.
After coaching for the Chicago Bulls for 11 years, he became the head coach of the Washington Bullets. In his second season has coach, he led the Bullets to their first and only National Basketball Association Championship in 1978. He coached for over 25 years in the NBA.
Currently, Motta is ranked in the top 10 for most coaching victories. Dick and his wife Janice have 3 children together. He currently owns and operates a bed and breakfast in Fish Haven, Idaho.
#77 | Center | Bullets (1993-1997); Wizards (1997-1998)
|Date of Birth:||2/14/1971|
|Team Notes:||One of tallest men to play in NBA at 7'7".|
|Birthplace:||Tritenii de Jos, Romania|
|Life After Basketball:||Currently works for the front office of the Washington Wizards.|
Gheorghe Muresan was born on born February 14, 1971 in Triteni, in the Romanian district of Cluj. Before his career in the NBA, Muresan played basketball at Cluj University.
Gheorge's professional basketball career started in the French league with Pau-Orthez in1992 where he averaged 18.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.8 blocked shots. That following year the NBA took interest in him and he was selected 30th overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1993 NBA Draft. During the 1996-1997 season, Muresan led the NBA in field goal percentage. He played in the NBA for seven seasons earning the most Improved Player Award in 1995-1996.
Remarkably, Gheorghe's talents extend beyond the basketball court. In 1998, he co-starred with Billy Crystal in the film "My Giant." On March 11, 2007, Muresan played a game for the Maryland Nighthawks as part of the tallest lineup in the history of basketball. This is the only basketball game Muresan has ever played where he was not the tallest person on the court, as Sun Mingming is 7 ft 9 in.
Muresan now lives in Ashburn, Virginia where he runs a youth basketball league.
#35 | Forward | Wizards (1996-2000)
|Birthplace:||Los Angeles, California|
|High School:||Glendora High School|
|Currently Resides:||Henderson, Nevada|
Tracy Murray was born on July 25, 1971 in Los Angeles, California. He went to Glendora High School where as a senior he led the nation with his 44.3 points per game. Murray scored 3,053 points in high school. He went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles. After his junior year at UCLA, Murray declared for the 1992 NBA Draft.
Murray was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 1992 NBA draft as the 18th overall pick. He was then traded to the Milwaukee Bucks, and then to the Portland Trail Blazers where he finally found a home. Murray played for six different NBA franchises as well two Greek clubs and one in France. His career stop included: the Houston Rockets (1995), Toronto Raptors (1995-1996, 2001-2002), Washington Wizards (1996-2000), Denver Nuggets(2000-2001), Los Angeles Lakers (2002-2003), Portland Trail Blazers (2003), Panathinaikos in Greece (2003), P.A.O.K. in Greece (2005-2006) and Elan Chalon in France (2006-2007).
Murray currently resides in Henderson, Nevada.
#14 | Guard | Bullets (1992-1995)
|Date of Birth:||8/3/1969|
|High School:||Dobbins Technical|
|College:||La Salle University|
|Life After Basketball:||Currently works for the front office of the Washington Wizards.|
|Reside:||East Rutherford, NJ|
Douglas M. Overton was born on August 3, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a 6'3 guard, Overton was recruited to play at La Salle University.
He was drafted in the 1991 NBA Draft, 40th overall by the Detroit Pistons. Doug was signed a year later has a free agent by the Washington Bullets. He played three seasons in Washington before being traded to the Denver Nuggets. Doug played in the NBA for 11 seasons and for 8 different teams. In his NBA career, Overton played in 499 games and scored 2,253 points.
After his playing days, Overton was named assistant men's basketball coach at Saint Joseph's University in 2006. In 2008, he became an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets. He was recently named Nets Player Development Coach; prior to the 2010-2011 season.
#30, #44 | Center | Bullets (1976-1978)
|Date of Birth:||12/8/1953|
|Team Note:||1978 League Championship|
|Birthplace:||New Brunswick, NJ|
Joe Pace was born on December 18, 1953 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
He played center for Coppin State University and was drafted in the 1976 NBA draft. He was 31st overall pick by the Washington Bullets. Pace's NBA debut was October 22, 1976. He played from 1976 to 1978 and won the NBA championship with the Washington Bullets in 1978.
#1, #10 | Point Guard | Bullets (1972-1975, 1979-1981, 1982-1983)
|Date of Birth:||4/17/50|
|Team Notes:||1975 NBA Finals Team|
|College:||St. Frances of P.A.|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||1975 Eastern Confernce and World Championship|
|Basketball Involvement:||Coach Youth Basketball and 99% of players coached graduate|
|Quote to Live by:||Humility before Honor|
|Causes/Foundations:||Chicago Public Schools, Cornerstone Mairage Ministry|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||John Wooden|
|Cook Best:||BBQ Ribs|
|Children:||7 Grand Kids, 3 Kids|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||NBA Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||Winning in Touble Times, Creflo Dollar|
Kevin Porter was born on April 17, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. Porter played in college at Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania.
Porter played in the NBA for ten seasons. As a six foot point guard, Porter was one of the most talented passers in league history. He led the league in assists per game and total assists four times during his career including 1975, the year he reached the NBA finals with the Baltimore Bullets before losing to the Golden State Warriors. Porter held the record for most assists in a game, with 29 until Scott Skiles broke the record in 1990. Porter also played for the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets.
Upon retiring in 1983, Porter had over 5,300 assists and 7,600 points. Porter currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
#33 | Guard | Bullets (1971-1974)
|Date of Birth:||8/3/1949|
|High School:||F.D. Roosevelt High|
|College:||St. Peter's College|
|Degree:||Bachelor - Sociology|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Just being there|
|Basketball Involvement:||Career Development Counselor, NBPA-NBA|
|Quote to Live by:||"Family First - Work a Close 2nd"|
|Causes/Foundations:||Volunteer at a retirement home|
|Life After Basketball:||Coaching, TV, Camps & Career Counselor (11 years)|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||No One|
|Cook Best:||Steak on the Grill, Pasta|
|Children:||2 Boys (Bill & John), 1 Girl (Kate), 1 Grand-Daughter (Kayla)|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||Outliers|
Rich Rinaldi spent two seasons with the Baltimore Bullets and one season with the Capital Bullets after being drafted as the 43rd overall pick in the 1971 NBA draft. Rinaldi was born on August 3, 1949 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from St. Peter's College (NJ) with a degree in Sociology.
In his three seasons with the Bullets, Rinaldi averaged 2.7 ppg as a rookie and then in the 1972-73 season, he averaged 8.5 ppg while starting the first 26 games. Rich opened that season with a 26 point performance in a Bullet win in Cleveland. He broke his arm early in his third and final season with the Bullets and was then put on waivers. Rinaldi, a 6'3 guard, includes the whole experience of playing for the Bullets as his favorite memory. Rich is still active with basketball as a career development counselor for the National Basketball Players Association for the past 11 years.
Currently residing in Skippack, PA, Rinaldi enjoys spending time with his kids, Bill, John, and Kate as well as his granddaughter Kayla. He enjoys watching basketball and cooking out on the grill. His words to live by are "Family first, work a close second."
#6 | Guard/Forward | Bullets (1971-1977)
|Date of Birth:||7/9/1945|
|Team Notes:||Played 6 seasons with the Bullets; Named All-Defensive Team in 1973; Won an NBA Championship with the Knicks in 1970|
|Birthplace:||New York City, NY|
|High School:||Holy Cross|
Michael Riordan was born July 9, 1945 in New York, New York. He attended Holy Cross High School in Queens, New York and played college basketball at Providence College.
He was drafted in the 12th round of the 1967 NBA draft by the New York Knickerbockers. He won an NBA championship with the Knicks before being traded to the Baltimore Bullets in 1971. Riordan played nine seasons in the league as a six foot four inch guard/forward. He scored over 6,000 points in his career and was named to the NBA All-Defensive second team in 1973.
Riordan currently resides in Maryland.
Len "Truck" Robinson
Forward | Bullets (1974-1977)
|Date of Birth:||10/4/1951|
|High School:||William M. Raines|
Len "Truck" Robinson was born on October 4, 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended William M. Raines High School before playing at Tennessee State University. As a power forward, Robinson was selected by Washington Bullets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2nd round of the 1974 NBA Draft. During his 11-year career, Robinson played for the Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and the New York Knicks. Robinson played for the Bullets in 1974 - 1977, and helped the Bullets win the 1975 NBA Eastern Conference. He was a two-time NBA All-Star (1978 and 1981) and was named to the All-NBA First Team in 1978 when he averaged 22.7 points and 15.7 rebounds per game. Robinson also served as a scout for the Washington Wizards during the 2008-2009 season and was most recently an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons.
#5 | Forward | Bullets (1985-1987)
|Date of Birth:||5/26/1953|
|High School:||Chadsey High|
|Life After Basketball:||Works in engineering field|
|Favortie Playing Memory:||Just being able to play|
|Quote to Live by:||"Treat others as you would like to be treated"|
|Foundation/Cause:||Too many to name|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||President Obama|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||NBA Basketball Playoffs|
|Last Book Read:||James Patterson|
“Rounds” was born on May 26th 1953 in Detroit, Michigan. After playing basketball at Chadsey Senior High School, he went on to have a successful career at Central Michigan University. He was selected twice to the All-Mid-American Conference Team and was the M.A.C. Player of the Year in 1975.
Dan was drafted 28th overall in the 1975 NBA draft and spent 11 seasons in the league. He was a strong rebounder and tenacious defender who was named to two NBA All-Defensive teams and three All-Star teams in his career.
Dan finished his tremendous career with the Bullets, playing two seasons with the team. He averaged 11.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game during the 1985-86 season and 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds during the 1986-87 season.
After his playing career, Dan chose to stick to watching basketball and focus on a career in engineering while working in the community. He is survived by his wife, Bernadette, his sons Christopher and Corey and their grandchildren.
#43 | Center | Bullets (1981-1986)
|Date of Birth:||12/16/1958|
|Team Notes:||Earned a spot on 1982-1983 NBA All-Star Team. Current head coach of the UDC Firebirds men's college basketball team|
|Birthplace:||Bay Short, NY|
Jeffrey Ruland (Jeff) was born December 16, 1958 in Bay Shore, New York. Ruland accepted a basketball scholarship and played for Iona College.
Ruland, a six foot, eleven inch center was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the 1980 draft but spent a year playing overseas in Barcelona, Spain. Upon his return to the states his draft rights were traded to the Washington Bullets. Ruland spent five years with the Bullets. Ruland's first year he came off the bench and averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds a game. Ruland was a starter his second season and was a league leader in shooting and rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA all-star team. Ruland continued to be a contributor until he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1986.
Upon retiring, Ruland started coaching. He has coached in the NBA and at the collegiate level. He is currently the Head Coach at the University of the District of Columbia.
Bullets Front Office
|Date of Birth:||9/21/1968|
|Team Notes:||Spent 26 years with Bullets, Capitals and Capital Centra USAir Arena.|
Jerry Sachs spent 26 years with the Bullets, Capitals and Capital Centre/USAir Arena. Sachs served in the front office for the Bullets and was key for improving the team. Some of his main accomplishments for the Bullets include drafting Fred Carter, Stan Love, Rich Rinaldi, Kevin Porter and trading for Elvin Hayes.
A former U.S. Marine, Sachs attended Dartmouth College, where he played lacrosse, and received his B.A. in history from Western Reserve University in 1960. That same year, he began his professional career, working in the public relations office for the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1963, Sachs was promoted by the Orioles to public relations director. Two years later, the Atlanta Braves hired Sachs to manage public relations, marketing, and advertising. Sachs' next position came with Coca-Cola, where he held the position of Coordinator of Sports Activities. A major accomplishment for Sachs was forming the Coca-Cola Neighborhood Basketball League, a summer program for inner-city youth.
After achieving success in just about everything that he encountered, Sachs' next job was with the Bullets, as he was hired in 1970 as the team's general manager. His debut season with the Bullets couldn't have been better, as The Baltimore Bullets captured the league's Eastern Conference Title.
When the team moved to Washington in 1973, Sachs helped smooth the transition process. When the USAir Arena opened its doors that season, Sachs was named president of the Arena.
For the past 10.5 years, Jerry served as Special Assistant and Director of Guest Services to the Director for the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Now in retirement, Sachs volunteers with Walter Reed's Wounded Warriors, at NIH, and with the Sports Collection at Smithsonian's Museum of American History.
Sachs is also a world class model humanitarian and philanthropist. A major issue for Sachs is fighting drunk driving. Over the years, Sachs has devoted a great deal of time and energy towards assisting organizations such as T.E.A.M. (Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management) and M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). He also founded the highly successful organization, W.R.A.P. (Washington Regional Alcohol Program). His generosity is especially evident during the holiday season. For many years, Sachs and his family have spent Christmas and Thanksgiving at soup kitchens, feeding the poor, hungry and homeless.
Jerry and his wife, Joyce, reside in Bethesda, Maryland. They have two children, Gene and Barbara and four grandchildren, Seth and Paige Brody, and Brett and Liza Sachs.
#21 | Guard | Bullets (1963-64)
Head Coach | Bullets (1980-86)
|Date of Birth:||12/18/31|
|High School:||Towson Catholic High School|
|College:||University of Maryland|
|Resides:||Marina del Rey, California|
Eugene William “Gene” Shue was born December 18, 1931 in Baltimore Maryland. Shue attended Towson Catholic High School and played college basketball at the University of Maryland. After graduating, he was drafted 3rd overall as a guard in the 1954 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors. Over his ten year career in the NBA, he was a member of the New York Knicks, Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons, and the Baltimore Bullets.
Shue was considered a top guard in the league and is credited for inventing the "Spin Move”. Shue was an NBA All-Star five consecutive times (1958–62). In the 1959 season while playing for the Detroit Pistons, he led the NBA in minutes played (3338) and was also chosen for the All-NBA First Team the same year. He averaged a career high 22.8 points per game in the 1959 season and 22.6 points per game in the 1960 season with the Pistons. He played his final season in the NBA as a member of the Bullets averaging 4.2 points per game and in 47 games.
Gene Shue then served 23 years as a head coach in the league. From 1966-1973 he coached the Baltimore Bullets. From 1973-1977 he coached the Philadelphia 76ers. From 1978-1980 he coached the San Diego Clippers. From 1980-1986 he coached the Washington Bullets. From 1987-1989 he coached the Los Angeles Clippers. As the Baltimore Bullets coach he guided them to the NBA Finals in 1971 but got swept by the Milwaukee Bucks. He guided the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1977 NBA Finals, but lost to the Portland Trail Blazers. Shue finished his coaching career with a regular season record of 784-861 while going 30-47 in the playoffs. [He has 784 wins which is 16th most in NBA history and his 861 losses are sixth most in NBA history]. He was twice named NBA Coach of the Year, first in 1969 and then in 1982. Shue now lives in Marina Del Rey, California and is currently a scout for the 76ers.
#14 | Guard | Bullets (1982-1984)
|Date of Birth:||1/15/1953|
|Birthplace:||Bronx, New York|
|High School:||DeWitt Clinton High School|
|College:||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
Ricky Sobers was born on January 15, 1953 in Bronx, New York. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, New York before attending the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1973-1975). This 6ft 3in guard was drafted by the Phoenix Suns as the 16th pick in the 1975 NBA Draft. After playing two of his eleven seasons in the NBA with the Suns, Sobers went on to play with the Indiana Pacers in 1977 where he averaged his career best of 18.2 points per game during the 1977-1978 NBA Season. Sobers also played for the Chicago Bulls (1979-1982), Washington Bullets (1982-1984), and the Seattle SuperSonics (1984-1986) before retiring in 1986.
Over the course of his career, Sobers compiled 10,902 points and 3,525 assists.
#33 | Forward | Bullets (1991-1995)
|Date of Birth:||9/21/1968|
|Team Notes:||Spent four seasons with the Bullets.|
|High School:||Dobbins Technical|
Larry Stewart was born on September 21, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Dobbins Technical School.
He played collegiately at Coppin State University. He led the team and school to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990. He was the recipient of the Mid-Easter Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 1991 with the Washington Bullets. He was nominated to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 1992. He played four seasons in the nation's capital.
He retired from basketball in 2008.
Guard/Forward | Wizards (2005-2006)
|Date of Birth:||4/18/1977|
|Team Notes:||Played one season with the Wizards|
|High School:||Proviso West|
|College:||Arizona State University|
Awvee Storey was born on April 18, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Proviso West High School but did not play his first full year of basketball until his senior year. He was named to the All-State team in Illinois that year.
Storey continued his education and played his freshman year as a shooting guard, at the University of Illinois before transferring to Arizona State University, sitting out the 1998-99 season. He made an immediate impact and gave the young squad veteran leadership despite being only a sophomore. He posted 16 double-doubles in his 85-game career and in 2000-01, earned Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors, after posting career-highs in points (13.1) and rebounds (9.1), the latter a conference best.
After graduating with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Awvee advanced on to the NBA where he played from 2004 to 2008. He played with the New Jersey Nets from 2004 to 2005, the Washington Wizards from 2005 to 2006, and the Milwaukee Bucks from 2007 to 2008.
After his career in the NBA, Storey continued to play basketball overseas with the New Zealand Breakers and Barangay Ginebra Kings, where he became the Kings first import player. He currently resides in Fort Washington, MD.
|Date of Birth:||6/22/1956|
|Team Notes:||Played three seasons with the Bullets|
|College:||Salem-Winston State University|
Carlos Terry was born on June 22, 1956 in Lexington, North Carolina. He attended Lexington High School where he started his basketball career and went on to play at Winston-Salem State University.
Terry was a four-year starter for the Rams from 1974-77 where he scored 2,151 points and pulled down 1,467 rebounds while appearing in 115 games for WSSU. Terry's career average of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game ranks Carlos third all-time in scoring at WSSU behind only Earl Monroe (2,935 points), who was former Bullets player as well and Cleo Hill (2,488 points).
Terry led the Rams to the 1977 CIAA Men's Basketball Championship his senior season at WSSU, a season in which he averaged 20.9 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, en route to CIAA All-Tournament Team honors. As the all-time leading rebounder in WSSU history, Terry ranks in the Rams' top-10 in all-time scoring, rebounding, rebounding average, made field goals and made free throws.
As a fifth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1978 National Basketball Association Draft, Terry played three seasons in the NBA, all with the Washington Bullets. During his NBA career Terry scored 285 points and pulled down 227 rebounds for an average of 3.0 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Terry's best season came in 1980-81 where he averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. In his second full season in the NBA, Terry helped to lead the Bullets to the NBA Playoffs.
Terry was tragically killed in an automobile accident on March 12, 1989 in Maryland. On February 27, 2009, He was posthumously inducted into the John B. McLendon, Jr. CIAA Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his daughter Japonica Washington.
#36 | Center | Wizards (2001-09)
|Date of Birth:||4/1/1978|
|Birthplace:||Harlem, New York|
|High School:||Booker T. Washington|
Dedreck Etan Thomas, commonly known as Etan Thomas, was born April 1, 1978 in Harlem, New York and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 6’9’’ center played at the collegiate level for Syracuse University from 1996-2000.
Thomas began his career in the National Basketball Association when he was drafted 12th overall by the Dallas Mavericks in 2000. In 2001, Thomas was traded to the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds during his eight years with the team. The final three seasons of his career were spent with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Atlanta Hawks.
Thomas has written a collection of poems as well as taken an active role in politics. Currently Thomas is a blogger for Huffington Post, discussing a wide variety of topics including politics, current events, parenting, and sports.
#12 | Forward/Center | Bullets (1970-1973)
|Date of Birth:||11/06/1939|
|Life After Basketball:||Industrial Arts Teacher|
John Tresvant was born on November 6, 1939 in Washington, DC. He attended Spingarn High School. He went on to serve in the United States Air Force.
After serving the country, he played three seasons at Seattle University. He was drafted in the 1964 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks. He would finish his NBA career has a Baltimore Bullet. He completed his career with averages of 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He played 3 seasons in Baltimore.
After his basketball career ended, he became an industrial arts teacher. He invented the Total Rebounder Exercise System (TRES) in 2006. The system is designed to train young players rebounding technique.
#41 | Center/Forward | Bullets (1968-1981)
|Date of Birth:||3/14/46|
|Team Notes:||Championship Team; Drafted 2nd overall in 1968 NBA Draft|
Westley Unseld (Wes) was born March 14, 1946 in Louisville, Kentucky. Unseld played basketball at the University of Louisville.
Unseld was drafted second overall in the first round of the 1968 NBA draft by the Baltimore Bullets. In his rookie year, Unseld averaged 18.2 rebounds per game and was named Rookie of the Year and MVP in the same season.
Unseld spent his entire thirteen year career with the Bullets. He was a five-time NBA all-star and he led the franchise to the NBA finals four times and won championship with them in 1978. His #41 jersey was retired by the Bullets shortly after his retirement.
Unseld holds the career record for rebounds by a player with more rebounds (13,769) than points scored (10,624). Overall Unseld averaged a career double-double with 10.8 points, 12 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Unseld was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all time.
Unseld is currently residing in Maryland.
#22 | Guard | Wizards (2000-2001)
|Date of Birth:||3/31/1973|
|Team Notes:||Spent one season with Wizards; Played high school basketball at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.|
|Birthplace:||Daytona Beach, FL|
|High School:||Montgomery Blair|
David Vanterpool was born on March 31, 1973 in Daytona Beach, Florida. He attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland where he played basketball. Vanterpool later played college basketball at St. Bonaventure University between 1991 and 1995.
At 6 ft 5 in, Vanterpool was a shooting guard/small forward. In 1995, he was selected in the Continental Basketball Association draft by the Quad City Thunder. That same year, Vanterpool played for a week in Italy for the LegADue, second division team Brescialat Gorizia. From 1997 to 1998 he played for the Jilin Northeast Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association. He later joined the Continental Basketball Association's Yakima Sun Kings between 1999 and 2001. In 2001, Vanterpool was acquired by the Washington Wizards and played 22 games with them. After his time with the Wizards, Vanterpool, played for the ABA's Kansas City Knights.
After his run in the states, David went back to Italy where he played with Air Avellino in the 2002-2003 season and then went on to play for Montepaschi Siena from 2003 through 2005. He won the Italian Championship with Siena in 2004 and the Italian SuperCup in 2005. Vanterpool then tried his luck in Russia with CSKA Moscow, with whom he won a Euroleague championship in 2006.
David Vanterpool received an All-Euroleague Second Team selection in the 2003-04 season while playing for Montepaschi Siena. He is currently the assistant coach of CSKA Moscow.
Guard | Bullets (1987-1991)
|Date of Birth:||3/9/1961|
|College:||University of Arkansas|
|Reside:||Little Rock, AK|
Darrell Walker was born on March 9th, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Corliss High School before playing at Westark Community College and the University of Arkansas. As a guard, Walker was selected by the New York Knicks as the 12th pick in the first round of the 1983 NBA Draft and was named to the 1984 All-NBA Rookie First Team. Throughout his ten year career, Walker played for five teams: the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, Detroit Pistons, and Chicago Bulls. Walker played for the Bullets from 1988 - 1991. His best season for the Bullets was in 1989-90 when he averaged nearly a triple-double with 9.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. Walker retired in 1993 after winning an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls. After retiring, Walker shifted his focus to coaching. He has held head coaching positions with the Toronto Raptors (1996-1998), Washington Wizards (2000) and the WNBA's Washington Mystics (2000). He has also served as an assistant coach with the Raptors, New Orleans Hornets and most recently with the Detroit Pistons in 2009-2010.
Walker currently resides in Little Rock, Arkansas.
#20 | Guard | Bullets (1977-1978)
|Date of Birth:||3/20/1956|
|Team Notes:||Championship Team|
|High School:||Central High School|
|Degree:||B.A. Psychology, M.A. Admin|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Winning the World Championship|
|Basketball Involvement:||Son's basketball team|
|Quote to Live by:||"Do the best you can with what you have"|
|Life After Basketball:||Corporate Life- Entreprenurship|
|Would Trade Place with Whom:||My Son|
|Cook Best:||Catfis (Baked or Broiled)|
|Children:||Christian Walker (11 yrs)|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||Iconoclasts|
Phil Walker was a member of the 1978 Washington Bullets NBA Championship team. Walker was born March 20, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he graduated with a degree in Psychology and a masters degree in administration.
Walker, a 6'3 guard, attributes the winning of the 1978 championship as his favorite memory during his one season in the league. During the regular season, Walker had 178 points, 54 assists and had a free throw average of .667. The team finished 44-38 on the year, finishing second in the Central Division before defeating the Seattle Supersonics in the NBA Finals 4-3. Walker is still active in basketball with his 11 year old son, Christian's team.
Currently residing in Philadelphia, Walker is a chef at making catfish; both baked and broiled, and enjoys watching basketball. He supports the Millersville Foundation and lives by the quote, "Do the best you can with what you have."
#30 | Center | Bullets, Wizards (1996-1999)
|Date of Birth:||9/10/1974|
|Birthplace:||White Hall, Alabama|
|High School:||Central High School|
|Children:||Ben Jr, Bryce, Bailey|
Ben Wallace was born on Sept. 10, 1974 in White Hall, AL. Wallace began his basketball career at Cuyahoga Community College where he played for two years before transferring to Virginia Union College. Wallace not only played basketball, he also lettered in football, baseball and track. In 1996, he graduated with a degree in criminal justice.
The 6’9-Wallace was a center and power forward during his basketball career. During his rookie year Wallace signed as a free agent with the Washington Wizards and spent three seasons with the team. Wallace was then traded to the Orlando Magic and then Detroit where he helped the Pistons to an NBA championship in 2004. He was a four-time NBA All-Star (2003-2006) and four-time defensive player of the year (2002-2003, 2005-2006). Wallace spent two years with the Chicago Bulls and then one season with the Cleveland Cavaliers before finishing his NBA career with the Pistons in 2012. Wallace is only one of two players to win the NBA defensive player of the year award four times along with Dikembe Mutombo.
#2 | Guard | Bullets (1985-1987)
|Date of Birth:||8/11/1962|
|Team Notes:||Whatley's best year as a professional came during the 1986-87 season as a Bullet|
Ennis Whatley was born on August 11th, 1962 in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended Phillips High School where he was a standout basketball star. He attended University of Alabama.
After completing school, Whatley was drafted 13th overall in the 1983 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings. He played ten seasons in the NBA, one with the Washington Bullets. His best season came with the Bullets in 1986-1987 season. He appeared in 73 games for the Washington basketball team and average 8.3 points per game. In addition, Whatley had a successful stint playing in the Philippine Basketball Association.
#12 | Guard | Bullets (1995-1997); Wizards (1997-2002, 2003-2004)
|Date of Birth:||10/05/1971|
|Team Notes:||He finished his career with averages of 6.5 points, 2.8 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 579 games, mostly with the Wizards.|
|High School:||Christian County|
Christopher Antoine Whitney was born on October 5, 1971 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Whitney attended Christian County High School in Kentucky. As a 6'0 guard, he went on to play basketball at Clemson University.
The majority of Whitney's career came as a Washington Bullet/Wizard member. Chris came to DC in 1995 and would remain here until 2002. He had short stints with Toronto, Orlando, and Denver before returning to DC in 2003 to finish his career with the Wizards. He averaged 6.5 points, 2.8 assists, and 1.4 rebounds in 579 games in his career.
#1 | Guard | Bullets (1984-1986)
|Date of Birth:||10/10/1953|
|Team Notes:||Career average of 17.1 point-per-game scoring|
|Birthplace:||Mount Vernon, NY|
|High School:||Mount Vernon|
Gus Williams was born on October 10, 1953 in Mount Vernon, New York. Williams attended Mount Vernon High School in NY. Williams was selected Player of the Year in 1971 by the New York State Sportswriters Association. He attended University of Southern California where he was a 6'2 guard. While attending USC, Williams was a NCAA All-American Second Team member in 1975.
Gus was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team in 1976. Williams played a good portion of his career with the Seattle Supersonics. He was a member of the 1979 Championship Team. In 1983, he signed with the Washington Bullets. He completed his career with an average of 17.1 points per game.
#20 | Guard/Forward | Bullets (1981-1982)
|Date of Birth:||7/3/1959|
|Team Notes:||Drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 5th round (11th pick, 103rd overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.|
|High School:||St. Josephs High|
|College:||College of the Holy Cross|
|Degree:||B.A. Economics (1981)|
|Favorite Playing Memory:||Bullets vs. Celtics games, Playoffs at Boston Gardens|
|Basketball Involvement:||Former Coach - AAU & Son's team|
|Life After Basketball:||Family, Apparl/Team Sales|
|Cook Best:||Anything on the Grill|
|Favorite Sport to Watch:||Lacrosse, College Basketball|
|Last Book Read:||The Shack|
Garry Witts spent one season (1981-82) with the Washington Bullets after being selected in the 5th round of the 1981 NBA Draft. Witts was born July 3, 1957 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended College of the Holy Cross and graduated in 1981 with a degree in Economics.
Witts, a 6'7 guard/forward, enjoyed playing against the Boston Celtics. Witts played 46 games during his only season with the Bullets, with a field goal average of .583, 38 assists and a free throw average of .825. His favorite memory is playing in the playoffs at Boston Gardens. He is still active with basketball, coaching his sons through basketball and is a former AAU coach.
Currently residing in Kensington, Maryland, Witts enjoys cooking on the grill, watching lacrosse and college basketball and spending time with his three sons.
#32 | Guard | Bullets (1976-1980)
|Date of Birth:||11/23/1954|
|Team Notes:||14th pick overall in the 1976 NBA Draft by the Washington Bullets|
Larry Wright was born on November 23, 1954 in Monroe, Louisiana. He began his career at Western High School in Washington, DC. He went on to play basketball at Grambling State University.
He was a member of the Grambling State basketball team from 1973-1976. Wright is one of the most decorated players in the school's history including Southwestern Athletic Conference Freshmen of the Year, two-time first team NCAA Small College All-American and named SWAC Player of the Year in 1975-76 season has a junior. He led his team to the 1976 SWAC Tournament Championship. He elected to omit his senior season to enter the 1976 NBA Draft where he was selected 14th overall by the Washington Bullets.
Wright became a significant part to the success of the Washington Bullets in the late 1970s. His success would include being a member of the Bullets team when they won the 1978 NBA Championship. They reached the finals the following season but came up short for the title.
Wright went on to play for the Detroit Pistons and for an Italian basketball league. Wright was very successful overseas. Wright was named MVP when he assisted his club to winning their first ever European title on their first appearance. Later, Wright would return to his alma mater to become a head coach. He has also assisted in scouting efforts for both the Seattle Sonics and Washington Wizards post-playing days.