Tag Archives: Wes Unseld

1971: Bucks versus Bullets (Alcindor’s Arrival)

Background The Bucks initially struggled after joining the league in 1968, but a coin flip awarded them the opportunity to draft franchise center Lew Alcindor, immediately making the team contenders. After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1970, Milwaukee … Continue reading

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1975: Warriors versus Bullets (Barry’s Bay Area Upset)

Background After losing in the 1967 NBA Finals, the Warriors would lose twice more (1968, 1973) in the conference finals to the Los Angeles Lakers and change their name from San Francisco to the Golden State Warriors in 1971. Before … Continue reading

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1978: Bullets versus SuperSonics (Wes Wins his Ring)

Background Despite reaching the NBA Finals in 1971 and 1975, the Bullets failed to win a single game in the championship series as they were swept both times. Midway through the 1977 season, Washington traded for Tom Henderson to replace … Continue reading

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1979: SuperSonics versus Bullets (Seattle’s Sweet Redemption)

Background After losing a tough seven game series in the 1978 NBA Finals, the SuperSonics returned the following season with the roster largely intact (aside from the departure of center Marvin Webster) and acquired Lonnie Shelton to start at power … Continue reading

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