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Washington Wizards
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Conference Eastern
Division Southeast
Founded 1961
History Chicago Packers
Chicago Zephyrs
Baltimore Bullets
Capital Bullets
Washington Bullets
Washington Wizards
Arena Capital One Arena
Location Washington, D.C.
Team colors Red, navy blue, silver, white
Main sponsor GEICO
General manager Tommy Sheppard
Head coach Scott Brooks
Ownership Monumental Sports & Entertainment
Affiliation(s) Capital City Go-Go
Championships 1 (1978)
Conference titles 4 (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979)
Division titles 7 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 2017)
Retired numbers 5 (10, 11, 25, 41, 45)
Website www.nba.com/wizards
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The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home games at the Capital One Arena, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The franchise was established in 1961 as the Chicago Packers based in Chicago, Illinois, and were renamed to Chicago Zephyrs the following season. In 1963, they relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, and became the Baltimore Bullets, taking the name from a previous team of the same name. In 1973, the team changed its name to the Capital Bullets to reflect their move to the Washington metropolitan area, and then to Washington Bullets in the following season. In 1997, they rebranded themselves as the Wizards.

The Wizards have appeared in four NBA Finals, and won in 1978. They have had a total of 28 playoff appearances, won four conference titles (1971, 1975, 1978, 1979), and seven division titles (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 2017). Their best season came in 1975 with a record of 60–22. Wes Unseld is the only player in franchise history to become the MVP (1969), and win the Finals MVP award (1978). Four players (Walt Bellamy, Terry Dischinger, Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld) have won the Rookie of the Year award.


The team won an NBA Championship in 1978 over the Seattle SuperSonics. Wes Unseld was the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals.

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