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Washington Capitols

This article is about the Basketball Association of America team from 1946 to 1951. For the current National Hockey League team, see Washington Capitals. For the American Basketball Association team from 1969 to 1970, see Washington Caps.
Washington Capitols
Division Eastern Division
Founded 1946
History Washington Capitols
Arena Uline Arena
City Washington, D.C.
Team colors Green and White
Division titles 1: (1949) – or 2 File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png

The Washington Capitols were a charter Basketball Association of America (forerunner of the National Basketball Association) team based in 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 in Washington, capacity 7,500. The teams wore green and white. The NBA returned to the Washington, D.C. area in 1973, when the Baltimore Bullets became the Capital Bullets.

Franchise history

The Capitols' 81.7 win percentage in the BAA's inaugural season is still one of the top 10 winning percentages in NBA history.

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 is still the best in NBA history (although it was tied in 1993–94 by the Houston Rockets).

Basketball Hall of Famers:

Leading scorers by season

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

Coaches and others

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

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win–Loss %

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Washington Capitols (BAA)
1946–47 49 11 0.817 2–4 Lost Semifinals File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png
1947–48 28 20 0.583 0–1 Lost West Div Tie
1948–49 38 22 0.633 6–5 Lost BAA Finals
Washington Capitols (NBA)
1949–50 32 36 0.471 0–2 Lost East Div Semis
1950–51 10 25 0.286 Did not qualify

File:Double-dagger-14-plain.png 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]


  1. ^ "1946–47 BAA Season Summary". Retrieved 2015-03-01.

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