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. 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. In the playoffs, the Bullets would show their inexperience as they were swept in 4 straight games by the New York Knicks.