Washington Capitols

Washington Capitols was the name of a U.S. basketball franchise from Washington, DC, District of Columbia, the 1946 to 1951 in the BAA, the later NBA, played.


The Capitols were one of the founding teams of the BAA and were represented from the start in the league. In the first season the Capitol in the regular season were able to achieve one of the highest rates of return in NBA history with 81.7 percent today. So the team was safe qualified for the play-offs and lost there in the early rounds, the semi-finals, against the Chicago Stags. The following season were able to complete the Capitol less successful and were last in the Western Division. But in the next season were the Capitol first in the Eastern Division and were again able to reach the play -offs. After victories against Philadelphia and New York, the team could even reach the BAA Finals. The best- of-seven series, the team lost but with 2-4 against the league newcomer, against the Minneapolis Lakers. After this season, coach Red Auerbach left the team and signed at the Tri -Cities Blackhawks. That's why Bob Feerick was appointed player-manager. Could the team in the play-offs lead, but the team failed there in the first round to the New York Knicks. In the last season tried with Bones McKinney a new player as player-coach and had little success. On January 9, 1951, the Capitol were closed during the season with an interim score of 10-25. In the 1973-1974 season, the NBA returned to Washington, as the Baltimore Bullets became the Capital Bullets, and from then on played in Washington.

Achievements and honors

Season statistics

Individual Awards

All- NBA First Team

  • Bones McKinney - 1947
  • Bob Feerick - 1947, 1948

All- NBA Second Team

  • Fred Scolari - 1947, 1948
  • Bones McKinney - 1949
  • Bob Feerick - 1949

Basketball Hall of Famers