CSN is running a bracket to determine the best player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. There are 16 players in a four-round tournament. The first round will be voted on by fans, while the rest will be determined by our analysts. The winner will be revealed during an hour-long special called 'Best of the Best' on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. on CSN.
Here is today's matchup...
No. 3 JOHN WALL vs. No. 14 ROD STRICKLAND
Years with franchise: 7
Stats: 18.8 ppg, 9.2 apg, 4.4 apg, 1.7 spg, 0.6 bpg, 43.3 FG%, 32.1 3PT%
Accolades: 4-time All-Star, All-NBA, All-Defense, All-Rookie
Summary: The course of the Wizards' franchise was drastically changed in the 2010 NBA Draft when they selected John Wall first overall out of the University of Kentucky. He has since gone on to make four All-Star teams and this past season he earned his first All-NBA nod. Since he teamed up with 2012 third overall pick Bradley Beal, Wall and the Wizards have made the playoffs three out of the last four seasons, each time reaching the second round.
At just 26 years old, Wall already owns the Wizards franchise records for career assists, career steals and assists in a single season. This past year, Wall was an integral part of a Wizards team that won their most games as a franchise since 1978-79. They also won their first division since that year and in doing so broke the longest division title drought in U.S. professional sports. Wall is in the middle of his prime, and as evidenced last season, getting better. He could very well end up in the Hall of Fame some day and be the first ever to make his name as a member of the Wizards.
Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 15.5 ppg, 8.9 apg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 0.2 bpg, 43.9 FG%
Summary: A veteran of 17 total NBA seasons, Strickland played for Washington from 1996 until 2001. The Bullets acquired him in a July 1996 trade that sent Rasheed Wallace to the Portland Trail Blazers. Wallace, of course, went on to have a great career, but Strickland's years in D.C. were memorable.
Strickland made All-NBA in his second season in town, the first year they were called the Wizards. That season he averaged 17.8 points and an NBA-high 10.5 assists per game. Strickland's first season with Washington in 1996-97 was the only time the franchise made the playoffs from 1988 until 2005.