Washington Capitols

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This article is about the Basketball Association of America team from 1946 to 1951. For the current National Hockey League team, see Washington Capitals. For the American Basketball Association team from 1969 to 1970, see Washington Caps.
Washington Capitols
Division Eastern Division
Founded 1946
History Washington Capitols
1946–1951
Arena Uline Arena
City Washington, D.C.
Team colors Green and White
        
Division titles 1: (1949)

The Washington Capitols were a charter Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the National Basketball Association) team based in Washington, D.C. The team was coached from 1946 to 1949 by NBA Hall of Famer Red Auerbach.

The team was founded in 1946 as a charter BAA team; it became a charter NBA team in 1949. It folded on January 9, 1951 (with a 10–25 record). The home arena was Uline Arena in Washington, capacity 7,500. The teams wore green and white. The NBA returned to the Washington, D.C. area in 1973, when the Baltimore Bullets became the Capital Bullets.

Franchise history[edit]

The Capitols' 81.7 win percentage in the BAA's inaugural season is still one of the top 10 winning percentages in NBA history.

The Washington Capitols are also noteworthy for two long win streaks during their short history. In 1946, the Capitols won 17 straight games — a single season streak that remained the NBA's longest until 1969. The 15–0 start of the 1948–49 team is still the best in NBA history (tied in 1993–94 by the Houston Rockets).

Basketball Hall of Famers:

Leading scorers by season[edit]

  • 1947 – Bob Feerick – 16.8 ppg
  • 1948 – Bob Feerick – 16.1 ppg
  • 1949 – Bob Feerick – 13.0 ppg
  • 1950 – Don Otten – 14.9 ppg (in 18 games. Jack Nichols scored 13.1 over 49 games, but Fred Scolari scored the most points, with 860 in 66 games.)
  • 1951 – Bill Sharman – 12.2 ppg

Coaches and others[edit]

  • 1947–1949 – Red Auerbach
  • 1950 – Bob Feerick – player-coach
  • 1951 – Bones McKinney – player-coach
  • 1950 – Earl Lloyd – first African American to play in the NBA

Season-by-season records[edit]

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Washington Capitols (BAA)
1946–47 49 11 0.817 2–4 Lost Semifinals
1947–48 28 20 0.583 0–1 Lost West Div Tie
1948–49 38 22 0.633 6–5 Lost BAA Finals
Washington Capitols (NBA)
1949–50 32 36 0.471 0–2 Lost East Div Semis
1950–51 10 25 0.286 Did not qualify

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