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The Washington Bullets were a National Basketball Association team in Lake Arbor, Maryland. The franchise was founded in 1961-62 in Chicago as the Chicago Packers and were renamed the Chicago Zephyrs in 1962-63. The team moved to Baltimore as the Baltimore Bullets in 1963-64. The team moved to Lake Arbor, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, as the Capital Bullets in 1973-74, after a brief stint in College Park, Maryland to begin the season, and was renamed the Washington Bullets in 1974-75. The team was renamed the Washington Wizards in 1997-98 and moved into Washington proper during that season.

Historical Overview

Name League Primary Venue Municipality Start End
Washington Wizards National Basketball Association Capital One Arena Washington 1997-98
Capital Centre Lake Arbor, Maryland 1997-98 1997-98
Washington Bullets 1974-75 1996-97
Capital Bullets 1973-74 1973-74
Cole Field House College Park, Maryland 1973-74 1973-74
Baltimore Bullets Royal Farms Arena Baltimore 1963-64 1972-73
Chicago Zephyrs Chicago Coliseum (1899) Chicago 1962-63 1962-63
Chicago Packers International Amphitheatre 1961-62 1961-62

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Seasons and Venues

Season Win Loss GB Finish Postseason Venues
1974-75 60 22 0 1st in Central Division
2nd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Buffalo Braves 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Boston Celtics 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Golden State Warriors 4-0 (best-of-seven)
Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + nine postseason games)
1975-76 48 34 1 2nd in Central Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Cleveland Cavaliers 4-3 (best-of-seven) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1976-77 48 34 1 2nd in Central Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 2-1 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Houston Rockets 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + five postseason games)
1977-78 44 38 8 2nd in Central Division
3rd in Eastern Conference
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated San Antonio Spurs 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 (best-of-seven)
Defeated Seattle SuperSonics 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + 10 postseason games)
1978-79 54 28 0 1st in Atlantic Division
1st in Eastern Conference
Defeated Atlanta Hawks 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated San Antonio Spurs 4-3 (best-of-seven)
Defeated by Seattle SuperSonics 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + 11 postseason games)
1979-80 39 43 22 3rd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 2-0 (best-of-three) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1980-81 39 43 23 4th in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games)
1981-82 43 39 20 4th in Atlantic Division
5th in Eastern Conference
Defeated New Jersey Nets 2-0 (best-of-three)
Defeated by Boston Celtics 4-1 (best-of-seven)
Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + three postseason games)
1982-83 42 40 23 5th in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games)
1983-84 35 47 27 5th in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Boston Celtics 3-1 (best-of-five) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1984-85 40 42 23 4th in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 3-1 (best-of-five) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1985-86 39 43 28 4th in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Philadelphia 76ers 3-2 (best-of-five) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1986-87 42 40 17 3rd in Atlantic Division
6th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Detroit Pistons 3-0 (best-of-five) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + one postseason game)
1987-88 38 44 19 2nd in Atlantic Division
7th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Detroit Pistons 3-2 (best-of-five) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (41 regular season games + two postseason games)
1988-89 40 42 12 4th in Atlantic Division
9th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (38 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (three regular season games)
1989-90 31 51 22 4th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1990-91 30 52 26 4th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1991-92 25 57 26 6th in Atlantic Division
13th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1992-93 22 60 38 7th in Atlantic Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1993-94 24 58 33 7th in Atlantic Division
12th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1994-95 21 61 36 7th in Atlantic Division
14th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1995-96 39 43 21 4th in Atlantic Division
10th in Eastern Conference
Did not qualify Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)
1996-97 44 38 17 4th in Atlantic Division
8th in Eastern Conference
Defeated by Chicago Bulls 3-0 (best-of-five) Capital Centre, Lake Arbor, Maryland (37 regular season games + one postseason game)
Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore (four regular season games)