1968–69 Baltimore Bullets season

The Bullets played in their 8th season in the NBA. The Bullets continued to rebuild through the draft by selecting center Wes Unseld, a 2-time All-American from Louisville.[1] Unseld would have an immediate impact for the Bullets. He finished 2nd in the NBA in rebounding with 18.2 rebounds per game as the Bullets went from worst to first posting a league best 57–25 record. Rookie Wes Unseld won both the Rookie of the Year and MVP.[1] In the playoffs, the Bullets would show their inexperience as they were swept in 4 straight games by the New York Knicks.[1]

1968–69 Baltimore Bullets season
Head coachGene Shue
ArenaBaltimore Civic Center
Results
Record57–25 (.695)
PlaceDivision: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Semifinals
(Eliminated 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWBAL-TV
RadioWBAL
< 1967–68 1969–70 >

RosterEdit

Baltimore Bullets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 23 Ellis, Leroy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) St. John's
F 25 Johnson, Gus 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Idaho
G 22 Loughery, Kevin 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) St. John's
F 24 Marin, Jack 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Duke
G 10 Monroe, Earl 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Winston-Salem State
G 33 Orms, Barry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Saint Louis
F 15 Quick, Bob 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Xavier
F 31 Scott, Ray 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Portland
F 41 Unseld, Wes 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Louisville
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Baltimore Bullets 57 25 .695 29–9 24–15 4–1 26–14
x-Philadelphia 76ers 55 27 .671 2 26–8 24–16 5–3 23–17
x-New York Knicks 54 28 .659 3 30–7 19–20 5–1 26–14
x-Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 9 24–12 21–19 3–3 23–17
Cincinnati Royals 41 41 .500 16 15-13 16–21 10–7 20–20
Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 25 21–17 7–30 4–3 13–27
Milwaukee Bucks 27 55 .329 30 15–19 8–27 4–9 7–29

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1968–69 NBA records
Team ATL BAL BOS CHI CIN DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 2–4 3–3 6–1 4–2 6–0 3–4 4–2 2–4 1–5 6–0 3–4 4–3 4–2
Baltimore 4–2 5–2 6–0 4–3 7–0 3–3 5–1 3–4 2–4 6–0 5–1 3–3 4–2
Boston 3–3 2–5 4–2 5–2 5–1 2–4 5–1 1–6 5–2 6–0 4–2 3–3 3–3
Chicago 1–6 0–6 2–4 1–5 3–3 3–4 5–1 2–4 1–5 4–2 3–3 4–3 4–3
Cincinnati 2–4 3–4 2–5 5–1 3–4 2–4 5–1 4–2 3–4 4–2 2–4 3–3 3–3
Detroit 0–6 0–7 1–5 3–3 4–3 3–3 2–4 3–4 3–4 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–2
Los Angeles 4–3 3–3 4–2 4–3 4–2 3–3 5–1 5–1 1–5 6–0 7–0 4–3 5–1
Milwaukee 2–4 1–5 1–5 1–5 1–5 4–2 1–5 0–6 0–6 6–2 4–2 3–3 3–5
New York 4–2 4–3 6–1 4–2 2–4 4–3 1–5 6–0 4–3 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–0
Philadelphia 5–1 4–2 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–3 5–1 6–0 3–4 5–1 4–2 2–4 6–0
Phoenix 0–6 0–6 0–6 2–4 2–4 2–4 0–6 2–6 1–5 1–5 1–7 2–4 3–3
San Diego 4–3 1–5 2–4 3–3 4–2 3–3 0–7 2–4 3–3 2–4 7–1 3–3 3–3
San Francisco 3–4 3–3 3–3 3–4 3–3 4–2 3–4 3–3 1–5 4–2 4–2 3–3 4–3
Seattle 2–4 2–4 3–3 3–4 3–3 2–4 1–5 5–3 0–6 0–6 3–3 3–3 3–4

PlayoffsEdit

East Division SemifinalsEdit

(1) Baltimore Bullets vs. (3) New York Knicks: Knicks win series 4–0

  • Game 1 @ Baltimore: New York 113, Baltimore 101
  • Game 2 @ New York: New York 107, Baltimore 91
  • Game 3 @ Baltimore: New York 119, Baltimore 116
  • Game 4 @ New York: New York 115, Baltimore 108

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Earl Monroe, All-NBA First Team
  • Wes Unseld, All-NBA First Team
  • Wes Unseld, NBA Rookie of the Year
  • Wes Unseld, NBA Most Valuable Player

ReferencesEdit