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Assembling the Washington Wizards’ All-Time Starting Lineup

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Assembling the Washington Wizards' All-Time Starting Lineup

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In over 50 years of existence, eight Hall of Famers have played at least 100 games for the Washington Wizards. And while the vast majority of team success came in a two-decade span (1968-69 through 1987-88), it was quite the successful run. During that stretch, the Bullets (at the time) made 18 trips to the playoffs. If the Wizards could create a team that features their most prominent players, who would be the starters? Read on to find out.

PG: Gilbert Arenas

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PG: Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas Wizards
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Arenas deserves most of the credit for giving the Washington Wizards their only true era of playoff contention in the post-millennium. An elite scorer, Arenas was capable of scoring 30 each and every night. In averaging 25.5, 29.3 and 28.4 PPG from 2005-2007, Arenas was a legitimate star and was named All-NBA all three seasons. With Arenas, the Wizards made the postseason four times.

SG: Earl Monroe

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SG: Earl Monroe

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Earl Monroe, who was often referred to as "The Pearl" and, in some circles, even "Black Jesus," was one of the catalysts who made the Baltimore Bullets so great in the early 1970s. Selected No. 2 overall in 1967, Monroe won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after putting up 24.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Though he played in Baltimore for only four years before being traded to New York, he had his best years in Washington.

SF: Gus Johnson

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SF: Gus Johnson

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Gus Johnson the basketball player (not the broadcaster) was a standout player for the Bullets in the 1960s and early 1970s. Johnson was a five-time All-Star for the Bullets and was part of the team's 1971 NBA Finals team. Johnson's No. 25 has been retired by the organization. This was a close call between Johnson and Antawn Jamison, but in the end, Johnson was the better player.

PF: Elvin Hayes

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PF: Elvin Hayes

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Elvin Hayes joined the Bullets in 1972-73, his fifth NBA season and the team's last in Baltimore. In his nine seasons with the franchise, Hayes was an eight-time All-Star selection, a three-time All-NBA First and Second Team selection and was a two-time of All-Defensive Second Team selection. Teamed with Wes Unseld, the Bullets had a formidable frontcourt duo who led the Bullets to three NBA Finals appearances, winning one in 1978.

C: Wes Unseld

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C: Wes Unseld

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Wes Unseld is the best player in Washington's history and averaged less than 11 ppg in his career, but his impact went far beyond his point totals. In his first five seasons, Unseld earned four All-Star selections and never averaged worse than 12.5 PPG and 15.9 RPG. Unseld spent all but one season with the organization and won the 1969 NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA MVP in 1969 and NBA Finals MVP in 1978.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.