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Wes Unseld, NBA Rookie of the Year and MVP in 1969, dies at 74

Wes Unseld, NBA Rookie of the Year and MVP in 1969, dies at 74
Posted at 7:46 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 11:19:56-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld has died at age 74.

Unseld is one of two players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season.

He died Tuesday after a series of health issues, most recently pneumonia, according to a statement from his family released by the Washington Wizards.

Unseld was a powerful 6-foot-7, 245-pound center who dominated as a rebounder and led Washington’s team — then known as the Bullets — to the 1978 NBA championship, earning Finals MVP honors.

He was a five-time All-Star who played all 13 of his NBA seasons with the franchise that drafted him in 1968.