Ben Wallace, Muggsy Bogues join three other Wizards/Bullets on Hall of Fame ballot


The nominees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2017 were announced today. On the list are five representatives from the Wizards/Bullets franchise. 

Two of those are first-time nominees: Center Ben Wallace and point guard Muggsy Bogues. 

They join three other former Wizards/Bullets: Power forward Chris Webber, point guard Mark Price and coach Dick Motta. 

Wallace, who played for Washington from 1996-1999, has a strong Hall of Fame resume, including four Defensive Player of the Year Awards. He led the NBA in rebounding twice, led in blocks once and made four All-Star teams. He also won a title in 2004 with the Pistons. 

Bogues, the shortest player in NBA history at 5-foot-3, played alongside 7-foot-7 Manute Bol in Washington during the 1987-1988 season. The teammates produced this iconic photo. 


Bogues' Hall of Fame resume is less clear-cut, but he built a solid career for himself in his ten seasons in Charlotte. 

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