Born In: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Wes Unseld was an American former basketball player who played for the 'National Basketball Association’ (NBA) franchise team of the 'Bullets' for Baltimore, Capital, and Washington. He was a star player of his high school and university teams. Rated as one of the best defensive players of his time, Wes garnered fame for his rebounding skills, bone- jarring picks, and the ability to make fast breaks with his swift outlet passes. Despite his shorter height (6'7"), as per basketball standards, Wes made his way in the court all with his physical strength and pure determination. In his career, Wes played only for the 'Bullets' and after his retirement in 1981, he coached the team. For all his achievements in the sport, Wes is regarded as one of the greatest NBA players of all time.
Also Known As: Westley Sissel Unseld
Died At Age: 74
father: Charles Unseld
mother: Cornelia Unsaid
Born Country: United States
place of death: Maryland, United States
Cause of Death: Illness
U.S. State: Kentucky
City: Louisville, Kentucky
Notable Alumni: University Of Louisville
education: University Of Louisville
During his collegiate career, Wes led his team to the NIT tournament in 1966, and the NCAA tournament in the following years. He was received the ‘NCAA All-American’ honors in 1967, and 1968.
Wes played as a rookie for 'Bullets' and helped the team register a 57–25 record and a division title. That year, with an average of 18.2 rebounds per game, he became the second player to date to win the ‘Rookie of the Year Award’ and the ‘Most Valuable Player Award’ in the same year, after the fellow ‘Hall of Fame’ player Wilt Chamberlain. Wes also won the 'Sporting News MVP’ that year and was hence named to the 'NBA All-Rookie First Team.'
Even after his retirement in 1981, Wes remained with the 'Bullets' as a front office executive and served as vice president for 6 years. He then became the head coach of the 'Bullets' in 1988.
With a record score of 202–345, Wes resigned after the 1994 season and became the team's general manager in 1996. Wes had coached the team to the playoffs only once during his tenure with the 'Bullets.'
Wes was married to Connie who is the founder of the co-ed private school till eighth grade, 'Unselds School,' located in southwest Baltimore. Connie and their daughter, Kimberley, teach at the school. Wes and Connie's son, Wes Unseld Jr., currently works as an assistant coach for the 'Denver Nuggets.'
Wes Unseld died after suffering long health battles, on June 2, 2020. He was 74.
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