Wes Unseld

American basketball player and coach
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Westley Sissel Unseld (March 14, 1946 – June 2, 2020) was an American professional basketball player, coach and executive. He spent his entire National Basketball Association (NBA) career with the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Unseld played college basketball for the Louisville Cardinals and was selected with the second overall pick by the Bullets in the 1968 NBA draft. He was named the NBA Most Valuable Player.

Unseld won an NBA championship with the Bullets in 1978. After retiring from playing in 1981, he worked with the Bullets as a vice president, head coach and general manager.

Unseld was added into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988 and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Unseld died of pneumonia on June 2, 2020 at the age of 74.[1][2]


  1. "Statement from the Unseld family". NBA.com. June 2, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  2. Sheinin, Dave (June 2, 2020). "Wes Unseld, Hall of Famer instrumental in Washington's only NBA title, dies at 74". Washington Post. Retrieved June 2, 2020.

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