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The Washington Capitols were a charter Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the National Basketball Association) team based in Washington, D.C.
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 team would try to make a comeback in the 1951–52 season in the American Basketball League, but the team would once again fold during the month of January there. The home arena was Uline Arena
Uline Arena
in Washington, capacity 7,500. The teams wore green and white. The NBA returned to the Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
area in 1973, when the Baltimore Bullets became the Capital Bullets, now known as the Washington Wizards.

Contents

1 Franchise history 2 Leading scorers by season 3 Coaches and others 4 Season-by-season records 5 References 6 External links

Franchise history[edit]

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The Capitols' 81.7 win percentage in the BAA's inaugural season was the highest in the NBA until surpassed by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1966–67. 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 was the best in NBA history until the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
broke it in 2015–16 by starting 24-0, though the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
had previously tied the Capitols' record in 1993–94.

NBA Championships: None Divisional Championships: Regular Season: 2 (1946–47 and 1948–49) ; playoffs (1947, 1948 tie-breaker, 1949, 1950)

Basketball Hall of Famers:

Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman
(leading scorer in the 1951 season) Red Auerbach
Red Auerbach
(coach)

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
Fred Scolari
scored the most points, with 860 in 66 games.) 1951 – Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman
– 12.2 ppg

Coaches and others[edit]

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

Season-by-season records[edit]

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth

Season League Conference Finish Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Playoffs Awards

1946–47 BAA – – Eastern 1st 49 11 .817 – Lost BAA Semifinals (Stags) 2–4

1947–48 BAA – – Western 2nd 28 20 .583 1 Lost Division Tiebreaker (Stags)

1948–49 BAA – – Eastern 1st 38 22 .633 – Won Division Semifinals (Warriors) 2–0 Won Division Finals (Knicks) 2–1 Lost BAA Finals (Lakers) 2–4

1949–50 NBA – – Eastern 3rd 32 36 .471 21 Lost Division Semifinals (Knicks) 0–2

1950–51 NBA – – Eastern 6th 10 25 .286 30

Regular Season record 157 114 .579 1946–1951

Playoff record 8 12 .400 Postseason Series Record: 2–4

The inaugural 1947 BAA Playoffs did not establish Eastern and Western champions and generated one finalist from the East, one from the West, only by coincidence. Washington and Chicago won the Eastern and Western Divisions and met in a best-of-seven series to determine one league championship finalist. (Washington lost the first two games, both at home, by 16 points each and lost the series four games to two; every game but the last was decided by at least 10 points.) Meanwhile, four runners-up played best-of-three matches to determine the other finalist. Philadelphia, second in the East, won that runners-up bracket and defeated Chicago in a best-of-seven series to win the BAA championship.[1] The Capitols folded midway during the season on January 9, 1951. References[edit]

^ "1946–47 BAA Season Summary". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-01.

External links[edit]

Washington Capitols history Team page at Basketball-reference.com

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