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Top Five: Mistakes made by the Wizards

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Kevin Dunleavy
JaVale McGee's 21-point, 14-rebound performance Tuesday night in a playoff win for Denver is a reminder of former Wizards/Bullets players who blossomed after being traded. Here are five franchise mistakes:

5. Truck Robinson » Needing a point guard, the Bullets traded promising power forward Robinson and their No. 1 pick to Atlanta for Tom Henderson and the Hawks' No. 1 pick. Robinson went on to make two NBA All-Star teams.

4. Jerry Sloan » The Bullets made him the No. 4 pick in the 1965 NBA Draft, but after a solid rookie season, they didn't protect him in the expansion draft. Sloan went on to play in two NBA All-Star Games and make the all-NBA defensive squad six times for the Chicago Bulls.

3. Rasheed Wallace » The Bullets shipped the 21-year-old Wallace, the No. 4 pick in the 1995 draft, and Mitchell Butler to Portland for 30-year-old Rod Strickland and Harvey Grant. Wallace went on to play in four NBA All-Star Games, Strickland none.

2. Richard Hamilton »

He was an obvious rising star, averaging 20 points per game in his third season in Washington before Michael Jordan dealt him for Jerry Stackhouse. After the trade, Stackhouse never made another All-Star Game. Hamilton played in three.

1. Ben Wallace » Just as Wallace, a free agent find out of Virginia Union, was emerging, the Wizards traded him and three others to Orlando for 30-year-old center Isaac Austin, who lasted a year in Washington while Wallace went on to play in four NBA All-Star Games.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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