5 greatest Washington Wizards small forwards of all-time

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No. 4 Bob Dandridge

After a great eight years with the Milwaukee Bucks, Bob Dandridge signed with the Wizards as a veteran free agent in 1977. When he arrived, he helped form a front court with Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes.

He put on quite a performance during the 1977-78 season as he averaged 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. During this year, he recorded 33 consecutive games with double-figure points with two standout games. One took place on Jan. 26 when he scored 37 points against the Chicago Bulls. Two months prior to that, he had a great overall game. On Nov. 22, he put up 29 points, seven rebounds, three assists, five steals, and three blocks.

Even though Hayes led the Wizards to the 1978 championship, Dandridge contributed in an enormous way. He averaged 21 points, six rebounds and three assists in the playoffs. He only scored single-figure points once out of the 19 games. In fact, his highest-scoring game came in Game 2 of the Finals against the Seattle Supersonics when he scored 34 points.

Dandridge started to show some of his Milwaukee days the following year as he averaged 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists. It was arguably one of the best seasons of his career as he had games where he shined in all five major statistics.

On Mar. 9, he logged in 38 points and 12 rebounds against the Kansas City Kings. But that was just one of his high-scoring games that season as he put in a total of nine 30-point games. He also had great playmaking and defensive games. On Feb 2, he recorded a career-high 12 assists to go with 32 points against the Houston Rockets. During an Apr. 4 victory against the Celtics, he blocked eight shots.

His insane output didn’t stop at the end of the season, though. During the 1979 playoffs, he averaged a career-high 23 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. His top performance was in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs when he scored a playoff career-high 37 points.

Dandridge saw his level of production take a dip during the 1979-80 season as he averaged 17 points, five rebounds and four assists. However, he was capable of recording his only career triple-double. On Nov. 27, he turned in 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Knicks.

After averaging just 10 points the next year, he re-joined the Bucks as a veteran free agent.