Wes Unseld, Powerful Hall of Fame N.B.A. Center, Dies at 74


Wes Unseld, a Hall of Fame middle recognized for indefatigable rebounding who was named most useful participant after the Washington Bullets gained the 1978 N.B.A. championship, died on Tuesday. He was 74.

His household confirmed the loss of life in a assertion posted on on the web site of the Washington Wizards, because the Bullets at the moment are recognized, saying he had had pneumonia amongst different well being issues. The assertion didn’t say the place he died.

Unseld, a consensus All-American participant on the University of Louisville, was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets, because the staff was recognized on the time, within the second spherical of the 1968 N.B.A. draft.

Undersize for a middle at 6 toes 7 inches tall however rock-solid on the courtroom and recognized for bruising picks and pinpoint outlet passes, Unseld helped flip the Bullets round. He led the staff to the playoffs in 1969, averaging 13.eight factors and 18.2 rebounds per sport, and was named rookie of the yr and the league’s most useful participant that season. (Wilt Chamberlain is the one different participant to win each honors in the identical season.)

Unseld spent his complete 13-season profession with the Bullets, main them to 12 playoff appearances, scoring a complete of 10,624 factors and snaring a staggering 13,769 rebounds. He had profession averages of 10.eight factors and 14 rebounds per sport. A five-time All-Star, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988.

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