Wes Unseld

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Basketball player
Wes Unseld
Wes Unseld 1975.jpeg
Player information
Full name Westley Sissel Unseld
birthday March 14, 1946
place of birth Louisville , Kentucky , United States
date of death 2nd June 2020
size 201 cm
Weight 111 kg
position center
college Louisville
NBA draft 1968, 2nd pick, Baltimore Bullets
Clubs as active
1968–1981 Baltimore / Capital / Washington BulletsUnited StatesUnited States
Clubs as coaches
1987-1994 Washington BulletsUnited StatesUnited States

Westley Sissel "Wes" Unseld (born March 14, 1946 in Louisville , Kentucky ; † June 2, 2020 ) was an American basketball player . Between 1968 and 1981 he played in the NBA for the teams of the Baltimore Bullets / Washington Bullets .

Unseld was the second player in league history after Wilt Chamberlain to be named both Rookie of the Year and MVP in his debut season . He was also appointed to the All-NBA First Team and, accordingly, to the NBA All-Rookie Team that same season .

Unseld was elected to the All-Star Team five times during his career, in 1969, in the seasons 1971 to 1973, and in 1975 . He also led the NBA in rebounding in 1975 . Unseld reached the NBA Finals four times with the Bullets . Once, in 1978, he and his team won it against the Seattle SuperSonics . After winning the championship in 1978, he was also elected MVP of the finals . His jersey number 41 was withdrawn by the Bullets in 1981 and has not been awarded since.

In 1975 Unseld was the first to receive the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for social commitment, which is still awarded annually to this day .

In 1988 Unseld was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . He died in early June 2020 at the age of 74.

See also

Web links

Commons : Wes Unseld  - collection of images, videos and audio files
  • Wes Unseld - player profile on NBA.com
  • Wes Unseld - player profile on basketball-reference.com (English)

Individual evidence

  1. sportstalknetwork.com , accessed on 30 November 2011th
  2. ^ The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame - Wes Unseld. Retrieved April 27, 2020 (English).
  3. ^ Statement from the Unseld family. In: NBA.com . NBA Media Ventures, LLC., June 2, 2020, accessed June 3, 2020 .
  4. Dave Sheinin: Wes Unseld, Hall of Famer instrumental in Washington's only NBA title, dies at 74. In: The Washington Post . Nash Holdings LLC, June 2, 2020, accessed June 3, 2020 .