The Washington Wizards are one of the NBA’s up-and-coming teams and the hottest sports ticket in the DC area. The Wizards are looking to improve on last year’s accomplishments and continue to embody their ever-present hashtag of #DCRising. After racking up 44 wins and advancing to the second round of the playoffs last season, the Wizards energized the nation’s capital and have made Verizon Center the place to be for an unbeatable combination of sports and entertainment. A non-stop mix of music, videos and interactive elements combine with the on-court action to keep the party going throughout each game. Thrilling performances from G-Man and the Secret Service Dunkers, hilarious antics from mascot G-Wiz and great halftime acts also deliver smiles to Wizards fans. You never know who you’ll see at Verizon Center—actors (like Jaime Foxx), musicians (such as Wale and Common) and athletes (current stars like Robert Griffin III and Jeff Gordon or legends such as Magic Johnson) are often on the scene and political figures and pundits are fixtures in the most powerful city in the world.
The Wizards play under head coach Randy Wittman with a team-first style that emphasizes an entertaining blend of hard-nosed defense and fast-paced offense. They have been built with a fan-friendly blend of rising young stars and proven veterans who unselfishly play together and work hard for their devoted fans.
Leading the way for the Wizards is All-Star point guard John Wall. Now in his fifth season, the former number one overall draft pick from Kentucky has fulfilled his potential to rank among the NBA’s most dynamic and complete players. He consistently ranks among the league’s leaders in assists and steals, showcasing his play-making ability and defensive prowess while leading his team in scoring. Wall’s blinding speed and unnatural athleticism show a glimpse of the player of the future, but his floor game and basketball IQ harken back to the greats of the past—he recently joined Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Chris Paul as the only players in NBA history to average at least 17 points, eight assists and four rebounds through their first 300 games.
Third-year guard Bradley Beal, a sharpshooter who can also take the ball to the basket, joins Wall to form one of the most exciting and promising backcourts in the game. Beal and Wall’s complimentary skills make them a perfect match for each other and a nightmare for their opponents. They are matched up front with the imposing international duo of Brazilian big man Nene and “The Polish Hammer” Marcin Gortat. The two big men are uniquely skilled for their size but don’t hesitate to use their physicality to help the team. Future Hall-of-Famer Paul Pierce rounds out the starting lineup. The former NBA Finals MVP ranks among the league’s all-time leaders in scoring and three-pointers made and brings unparalleled leadership and veteran know-how to the Wizards to help them reach their goal of bringing the NBA championship trophy back to Washington.
The Washington Wizards have a rich tradition and storied history capped by an NBA Championship in 1978 and featuring a virtual who’s who of the league’s all-time greatest players. The franchise was founded in 1961 as the Chicago Packers and was known as the Zephyrs the following season before relocating to Baltimore as the Bullets for the 1963-64 season. After relocating to the Capital Centre in Landover, Md., in 1973, the team began the most successful stretch in its history. From 1973-1979, the Bullets appeared in the NBA Finals three times and took home the 1978 NBA championship. The team moved once again in 1997, relocating to downtown D.C.’s Verizon Center and changing its name to the Wizards. Despite the multiple moves and name changes, the franchise has had one constant throughout its history -- great players. Eight Hall-of-Famers (Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Earl Monroe, Dave Bing, Walt Bellamy, Bailey Howell, Moses Malone and Michael Jordan) have been a part of the team, with countless other All-Stars in the lineup over the years.