The Harlem Wizards will play at Coppin State University on June 11. (Courtesy Photo)
The Harlem Wizards traveling hoops team will grace Baltimore with an appearance at Coppin State University on June 11. The team boasts an impressive roster of basketball vets, including several former Harlem Globetrotters and college basketball stars.
It’s been more than 40 years since the Baltimore Bullets left the city, and the city hasn’t had a professional basketball team since. Baltimore has produced NBA talent for decades, establishing the city as a sports powerhouse. Below is the all-time team of Baltimore NBA players, comprised of ballers from Baltimore City or County that experienced success of the highest level.
Guard – Muggsy Bogues – A key member of the undefeated Dunbar Poets in 1982 and 1983, Bogues made a splash at Wake Forest University before being drafted by the Washington Bullets in 1987. The shortest player in NBA history, Bogues size didn’t stop him from becoming the Charlotte Hornets All-Time leader in assists and steals. In 15 seasons in the NBA, Bogues also suited up for the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. (Courtesy Photo)
Guard – Sam Cassell – Another Dunbar standout, Cassell bounced around several colleges before becoming a star at Florida State University. Drafted in 1993, Cassell played a key role in the Houston Rockets back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995. Cassell played for 8 teams in his 15-year career, making an impact on all. Cassell was rewarded for his play in 2004 with an All-Star nomination, and was recognized by the Milwaukee Bucks as a Top 20 player in franchise history in 2008. Cassell won a third championship in 2008, when the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. (nba.com)
Forward – Carmelo Anthony – Without a doubt the greatest player in Baltimore history, Anthony is a 9x NBA All-Star and NCAA National Champion. Anthony has received two NBA All-Second Team nods and four for NBA All-Third Team, as well as being a 2x Olympic Gold Medal Winner (2008,2012). One of the greatest scorers in NBA history, Anthony is entering his thirteenth season in the league. The only thing left for him to do is win an NBA Championship. (nba.com)
Forward – Reggie Lewis – The late Lewis was another integral member of the early ‘80’s powerhouse Dunbar Poets. A star at Northeastern University, Lewis holds the schools all-time record in points with 2,708. Drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1987, Lewis stepped in for the aging Larry Bird, recording five consecutive seasons averaging at least 17 points per game. Lewis was selected to the NBA All-Star Game in 1992 before his untimely death due to cardiac arrest at a 1993 offseason practice. (nba.com)
Center – Wes Unseld – Unseld isn’t from Baltimore, nor did he play for a Baltimore high school or college, but he is one of the most pivotal players in Baltimore Bullets history. After a historic career at Louisville University, Unseld was drafted by the Bullets in 1968. Contributing immediately beyond expectations, Unseld is only the second player in NBA history to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Award in the same season. Unseld led the Bullets to several playoff appearances and an NBA Finals appearance in 1971, in which they were swept by the Milwaukee Bucks. After the Bullets moved to Washington D.C. in 1973, Unseld would continue his success, leading the Bullets to an NBA Championship over the Seattle Supersonics in 1978. (nba.com)
Rudy Gay, Marvin Webster, Will Barton, Reggie Williams, Juan Dixon, David Wingate, Quintin Dailey and Danny Ferry.
With a stacked lineup of talent that boasts multiple champions and playoff-tested vets, an All-Baltimore team would compete with a compiled roster from any city in America.