An April 15 article in The Washington Post pointed out that with Arenas and Butler gone, the team had lost 42.3% of their offensive production, quite possibly "the most costly" loss for any team in the midst of a playoff hunt in NBA history. Howard averaged a career-best 22.1 ppg and 8.1 rpg and kept the Bullets slim playoff hopes alive until the end of the season. Following the victory over Toronto, the Wizards next had to play the top seeded Atlanta Hawks. The Wizards played the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, defeating them in six games behind a 42-point game six performance from Wall and 31 from Beal; before losing to the Boston Celtics in a seven-game series. The late surge enabled the Bullets to climb within reach of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. In OT, Arenas missed two key free throws. On March 14, Butler went out with a knee injury that kept him out of the lineup for six games.  A red version of the 2017–18 "City" uniform served as the team's "Earned" uniform, which was a reward for making the 2018 playoffs. David Safren, Pat Sullivan, and Michael Glazer were the product designers for the new jerseys which include the Washington Monument as an alternate logo. On January 3 and again on January 15, Arenas hit buzzer-beating three-pointers to beat Milwaukee and Utah. , Despite their late-season struggles without Arenas and Butler, the Wizards still managed to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, taking the 7th seed at 41–41.  On January 1, 2010, it was reported that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton had unloaded guns in the Wizards' locker room during a Christmas Eve argument regarding gambling debts resulting in Arenas's suspension. The side stripes pay homage to the American flag. In the Eastern Conference finals, they beat the defending NBA champion Boston Celtics in six games to advance to the NBA Finals. During the regular season, the Wizards again had the best scoring trio in the NBA, this time consisting of Arenas, Jamison and Butler as the "Big Three". After starting the season 0–8 on the road, Washington rebounded to win 6 of 7 away from Verizon Center.  In game 3 of the first round against the Bulls, the Wizards won their first playoff game since 1988. The primary logo depicted a wizard conjuring a basketball with a quarter moon. Scores from any date in BAA/NBA or ABA history. Their only season as the Zephyrs boasted former Purdue star Terry Dischinger, who went on to win Rookie of the Year honors. During the regular season, the scoring trio of Arenas, Jamison and Hughes was the highest in the NBA and earned the nickname of "The Big Three". The loss at the NBA Finals lingered into the 1975–76 season, as they won 12 fewer games than last year, and in the playoffs they were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games.  He has written a manifesto of 101 changes he hopes to implement during his ownership, including changing the team's colors back to the red, white and blue of the Bullets era, and possibly changing the team nickname back to 'Bullets' as well. James Pinder was also an essential part of the team, as he helped to engineer the jerseys to meet the players' standards. In 1987, the Bullets changed their logo and uniforms, going with red uniforms on the road and white uniforms at home.  In October 2016, they were ranked 93rd of 122 worst franchises in major sports by Ultimate Standings.. In 1998, they became the brother team to the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association, and remained officially thus until 2005 when the Mystics were sold to Lincoln Holdings (headed by Ted Leonsis), parent company of the Capitals.  The "City" uniform for 2018–19 was similar to the previous set, but with a black base, white letters and orange trim. Along with the white "Association", red "Icon" and navy "Statement" uniforms, a "City" uniform was also released as part of the collection. Without Jordan in the fold the following year, the Washington Wizards were not expected to win, and they did not. On April 2, the Wizards shut down the Cleveland Cavaliers, who came in with a record of 61–13, and ended Cleveland's franchise-best winning streak at 13. Bernie Bickerstaff, an assistant coach with the Bullets when they won their only NBA Championship in 1978, was called upon to resurrect his former team. The newly named Wizards began the 1997–98 season playing 5 home games at the Capital Centre before moving to the new MCI Center on December 2, 1997. The Wizards started the 2005–06 season at 5–1, but went on an 8–17 funk to go to 13–18 through 31 games. The Wizards finished 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, and missed the playoffs. On April 5, 2006, the team was 39–35 and looking to close in on the 45-win mark achieved the previous year, until Butler suffered a thumb sprain and the Wizards lost all five games without him. The team now known as the Wizards began playing as the Chicago Packers in 1961, as the first modern expansion team in NBA history, an expansion prompted by Abe Saperstein's American Basketball League. Whether you are looking to buy your next Washington Wizards hat for yourself or as a gift, the NBA store cap collection will satisfy In the 1979–80 season, they barely made the playoffs as they captured the sixth and final playoff spot via a tiebreaker despite posting a 39–43 record. Shop for Washington Bullets hats at the official online store of the NBA. To replace Loughery, the Bullets hired former MVP Wes Unseld. Butler returned and the team pulled out their final three games, against the Pistons, Cavs and Bucks, all playoff-bound teams, to finish the year at 42–40 and clinch the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. 46 draft pick to New Orleans for Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza", "Washington Wizards use amnesty clause on troubled forward Andray Blatche", "Wizards cut Shannon Brown, Malcolm Lee, Kendall Marshall", "Wizards vs. The Bullets drafted Tom Gugliotta with their sixth overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft. Four players (Walt Bellamy, Terry Dischinger, Earl Monroe, and Wes Unseld) have won the Rookie of the Year award.