Basketball Hall of Fame center Wes Unseld, who overcame a lack of size with a bruising style of play and court vision to earn five All-Star bids and carry the then-Bullets franchise to its only championship, died Tuesday, his family said in a statement. He was 74.
“It is with profound sadness that we share that our adored husband, father and grandfather Wes Unseld passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family following lengthy health battles, most recently with pneumonia,” said the family’s statement.
“He was the rock of our family — an extremely devoted patriarch who reveled in being with his wife, children and teammates. He was our hero and loved playing and working around the game of basketball for the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., cities he proudly wore on his chest for so many years.”
Unseld spent his entire 13-year NBA career with the Bullets after being taken second overall in the 1968 draft. He was an immediate sensation: Unseld was named the league’s…