Wes Unseld

How many players have won Rookie of the Year? How many have won MVP? How many have won both in the same season? (The answer is two, Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld.)

That’s right Wes Unseld won a MVP award his rookie season. . . Unseld standing only 6′ 7″ was a vicious rebounder, a bull on the court, pre-dating both the Worm and the Round Mound of Rebound. He was awarded Finals MVP in 1978 when his Bullets won their first ever Championship. The only Championship belonging to the Wizards/Bullets in 54 seasons of existence.

The Resume:

Second overall pick 1968 – Baltimore Bullets

5x All-Star


Rookie of the Year


Finals MVP


Hall of Fame

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Robert Littal, (36).

The Barn Burner: Brian Geltzeiler, Will Reeve, Matt Drappel, Marc Griffin, Adi Joseph, and Justin Salkin, (NR).

Others to rank Unseld: James Holas (39), Justin Rowan (40), Lang Greene (41), Josh Eberley (42), Jacob Noble (42), Shane Young (47), and Justin Termine (47).

Unseld Jabbar

#47 Coming Saturday, August 22.


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Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

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