1978 NBA Champion Washington Bullets

The “Big Three” didn’t start with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. It didn’t start with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish.  In fact, one of the best “Big Threes” in NBA history led the Washington Bullets to their only NBA championship 33 years ago.  

Elvin Hayes, Wes Unseld, and Bobby Dandridge made up one of the best front lines in NBA history, and they led the Bullets to the title in 1978 in 7 games over the Seattle Supersonics.

Among the most forgotten and underappreciated champions in major American sports history, the Washington Bullets featured two of the NBA’s Top 50 players and small forward who became the most important player on the team.The Bullets were one of the best teams of the 1970s, appearing in four finals in the decade, and making the playoffs 18 times in 20 seasons from 1969 to 1988.

Unlike the 2011 Miami Heat, the 1978 Bullets were a deep team.  “Everybody on the floor could shoot the ball at every position. We were a very difficult team to beat because you couldn’t just key on Elvin or Wes or Bobby Dandridge,” said Kevin Grevey, a starting guard on the championship Bullets. “Those three were certainly our leaders and our mainstay, but on a given night anybody could go off.”

True basketball fans will always remember, or if they aren’t old enough, recognize the 1978 NBA champion Washington Bullets.

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