Hall of Fame Center, Wes Unseld, Tragically Passes Away

Hall of Fame Center, Wes Unseld, Tragically Passes Away

Wes Unseld was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 14, 1946. On June 2, 2020, he has passed away at the age of 74.


Career

After winning multiple Kentucky state championships for Seneca High School, Unseld was recruited by over 100 colleges. 

Unseld was the first African-American to be offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky, however, he turned them down and decided to play at the University of Louisville.

On the freshman team, Unseld averaged over 35.8 points and 23.6 rebounds per game.

In each of the next three years, he lead his conference in rebounding, averaging 18.9 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-7 center, Unseld was selected second overall by the Baltimore Bullets in the 1968 NBA draft.

The Bullets who had finished last in their division the previous year, skyrocketed to a 57-25 record with the help of the rookie, Unseld. That year Wes Unseld would become the second player ever to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the MVP in the same year, joining WIlt Chamberlain.

In all 984 of his NBA games, Unseld averaged a double-double, with 10.8 points and 14 rebounds per game.

Unseld finished his career with a championship, a Finals MVP, a Rookie of the Year, a regular-season MVP, and 5 All-Star appearances.

.

RELATED: Draymond Green Thinks The Warriors Would Have Beat Shaq and Kobe

Unseld was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1988.

Coaching Career

After retiring in 1981, Unseld served as Vice President for 6 years for the Bullets before becoming the head coach in 1988 for 7 years.

 In 1995, Unseld became the Bullet’s general manager for 7 years. Although Unseld never had the success in the front office as he did on the court.

Tragic Death

On June 2, 2020, Unseld’s family confirmed his death, after Unseld had battled through pneumonia and some other illnesses.

About At The Buzzer

At The Buzzer, or ATB, is the place for those who love sports, life, family, community, and so much more. We are far from the run of the mill 24/7 sports news websites. We not only bring you what’s happening in the world of sports in terms of trades and breaking news, but we also bring you the news that goes on behind the scenes. The stuff you don’t see during the 48 minutes of an NBA game or the 60 minutes of an NFL game. We let you know what’s going on in the lives of your favorite athletes. From big life moments like becoming a mother or a father to highlighting personal videos of them raising their little ones, At The Buzzer is the place you go when you want to relate to the athlete you root for on a daily basis. If you're interested in how Russell Wilson juggles being one of the best quarterbacks in the league while also being a doting husband and father-of-three, we got you covered. Interested in seeing a video of Iman Shupert's three-month-old baby speaking her first words, we have that here at ATB. Or would you rather watch Tiger Woods' son growing up and following in his father's footsteps, don't worry, we can show you that too. At The Buzzer is so much more than sports. It's relatable, reliable, and ready to show you a side of sports you didn't know existed. Our goal at ATB is to bring you relatable, entertaining news that will leave you feeling closer and more informed about the people you are looking up to and rooting for. Sports are more than just a group of organizations that entertain you, it's about the people who make up those organizations and the stories of how they became the people they are today. So take a minute and read one of our articles, we promise you won't regret it.

%d bloggers like this: