Five-time All-Star, 1968-69 MVP and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld died Tuesday morning after “lengthy health battles,” his family announced via the Wizards’ Twitter account.
Unseld, one of two players ever to win MVP in his rookie season, spent his entire career with the Bullets franchise. He helped guide the team to D.C.’s sole NBA title in 1978, winning Finals MVP after averaging 9.4 points and 12 rebounds per game throughout the playoffs.
Players and executives alike weighed in on social media to honor Unseld’s memory.
RIP WES UNSELD! 😢— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) June 2, 2020
BULLETS LEGEND forever.
Wes Unseld was a great leader, a dedicated family man and a tremendous human being – My deepest sympathies & condolences to the Unseld family – Wes will always be remembered & greatly missed | @WashWizards | @MSE https://t.co/Y3oddvbb28— Ted Leonsis (@TedLeonsis) June 2, 2020
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the passing of Wes Unseld: pic.twitter.com/9ZD4IKLjBm— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) June 2, 2020
Denver Nuggets President Tim Connelly started his front office career as an intern under Hall of Famer Wes Unseld Sr.: "Every personal or professional milestone that I reached included a call to Wes...one of the kindest people I've ever met." https://t.co/LrlJvMAZRT— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 2, 2020
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