Wes Unseld

Wes Unseld

Original Name Westly Sissel Unseld
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 2 Jun 2020 (aged 74)
Burial Windsor Mill Manor, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Memorial ID 210695573 · View Source
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Professional Basketball Player, Coach. He was a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee after playing for the Bullets franchise from 1968 to 1981. He spent his first five seasons with the Bullets in Baltimore, followed by eight seasons in Washington. In 1978, he was part of the franchise's only NBA title and was named Finals MVP after the Bullets defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in seven games. He won the regular-season MVP award in 1969 and was a five-time All-Star. Unseld and Wilt Chamberlain (1960) are the only players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP honors in the same season. At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, he overcame taller players with bad knees and a strong work ethic. He was a tenacious rebounder and strong passer. His 13,769 career rebounds are the most by a player 6-8 or less, according to ESPN Stats & Information. During his college career, he was a two-time All-American at the University of Louisville. He averaged 20.6 points and 18.9 rebounds over his career with the Cardinals, earning him the prime draft spot right behind No. 1 selection -- and future Bullets teammate -- Elvin Hayes. In the NBA, he averaged 10.8 points and 14 rebounds for his career. In 1981, his No. 41 became Washington franchise's first number to be retired. He remained with the franchise after his playing career initially working in Washington's front office, then was head coach for nearly seven seasons from 1987 to 1994. He was also general manager from 1996 to 2003.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wes Unseld (14 Mar 1946–2 Jun 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 210695573, citing King Memorial Park, Windsor Mill Manor, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .