Wizards announce unveiling of Wes Unseld bust at arena


A day before Wes Unseld Jr. makes his home debut as the Wizards' 25th head coach, he'll be among those to celebrate the unveiling of a bust to immortalize the most accomplished player in franchise history: his father. 

The Wizards announced the unveiling of a bust for Wes Unseld near section 111 at Capital One Arena on Thursday at 5 p.m. Unseld Jr. will join his mother, Connie, and Wizards and Monumental Sports and Entertainment owner Ted Leonsis for the unveiling of Unseld's sculpted upper body. 

The recognition from the Wizards organization is more than deserved for Unseld, the only player in franchise player to win MVP honors, NBA Finals MVP and an NBA title. He was named NBA MVP his rookie season in 1969 and won the NBA championship nine seasons later in 1978 with the Bullets. He remains the franchise's all-time leader in minutes, games and rebounds and is top-five in franchise history in field goals, assists and points. After retirement, Unseld served as the team's vice president, head coach, and general manager. 

The unveiling comes just 16 months after Unseld's death on June 2, 2020. 

The bust will be about 10% over Unseld's life-size head and shoulders, will be made of bronze and weigh 90 pounds. J Brett Gill, who has sculpted presidents, coaches, and other athletes, designed the structure. 

Washington opens the season in Toronto before its home opener on Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.