The Washington Wizards franchise could soon see another of their former players make the Naismith Hall of Fame. On Saturday, former Bullets All-Star Chris Webber was announced as a finalist along with 13 others including Tim Hardaway, Rudy Tomjonavich, Tracy McGrady, Rebecca Lobo and Bill Self.
Webber, now a television analyst, played four seasons with Washington from 1994 through 1998. He made the All-Star team in 1996-97 and that year helped lead the franchise to their only playoff appearance within a span of 16 seasons (1988-89 through 2003-04).
Webber averaged 20.9 points and 9.7 rebounds in 212 total games for Washington. He played his first three seasons for the Bullets before the team rebranded as the Wizards in his final year with the team.
The Wizards traded Webber away to the Sacramento Kings in his prime, when he was a 25-year-old superstar, for veterans Mitch Richmond and Otis Thorpe. Neither made a significant impact for the Wizards, while Webber went on to make four more All-Star teams and five All-NBA selections. Trading Webber is remembered by most as one of the worst front office moves in franchise history.
Webber had his best years with the Kings, from the 1998-99 season until he was traded to the Sixers during the 2004-05 campaign. Webber also played for the Warriors (twice) and Pistons. He was selected first overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, who traded him to Golden State.
Before starring in the NBA, Webber was an All-American at the University of Michigan. There he was part of the Fab 5, along with Juwan Howard whom he later re-united with as a member of the Bullets.
The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced on April 3. Former members of the Bullets and Wizards in the Hall of Fame include Richmond, Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes, Earl Monroe and Michael Jordan.