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. 6 EARL MONROE vs. No. 11 BERNARD KING
Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 23.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 44.5 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, 2-time All-Star, All-NBA, Rookie of the Year, All-Rookie
Summary: The second overall pick in the 1967 NBA Draft, 'The Pearl' was an instant star. He won the Rookie of the Year award and was an All-Star by his second season. Monroe played both guard positions and was a prolific scorer, averaging 24.3 points as a rookie. Monroe averaged 23.7 points in his five seasons with the Bullets at 6-foot-3 and without a three-point line.
The Bullets missed the playoffs in Monroe's first season with the franchise, which at the time was located in Baltimore. By his fourth season they were in the NBA Finals with Hall of Famers Wes Unseld and Gus Johnson also in the lineup. Just months later and only three games into the next season, Monroe was traded to the New York Knicks. He played the rest of his career in New York and won an NBA title.
Years with franchise: 4
Stats: 22.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg, 48.3 FG%, 17.7 3PT%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, All-Star, All-NBA
Summary: Unlike Monroe who played the early years of his career with the Bullets, King didn't arrive in town until he was in his 30s. He had also played a total of six games in the previous two seasons due to injury before he signed a free agent deal with Washington. King, though, had plenty left in the tank. He played at least 64 games in each of his four seasons with the Bullets with his best year coming in 1990-91 at the age of 34. That season King averaged 28.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He was named an All-Star.
In King's first season with the Bullets, they made the playoffs as part of a stretch of five straight years they lost in the first round. But that was it for King and the Bullets in the postseason. By his final year in D.C., they were a 30-win team. Still, King left a lasting legacy as one of the best scorers in franchise history.