Baltimore Bullets (1944–54)

This article is about the original 1944–1954 Baltimore Bullets ABL/BAA/NBA team. For the 1963–1973 Baltimore Bullets NBA team, see Washington Wizards.
Baltimore Bullets
Founded 1944
History Baltimore Bullets
1944–1947, 1947–1949, 1949–1954
Arena Baltimore Coliseum
Location Baltimore, Maryland
Team colors Blue, white and black
Championships 1

The Baltimore Bullets were an American Basketball League (1944–47) team, and later, a Basketball Association of America (1947–49), and (beginning in 1949, following the BAA's absorption of the National Basketball League) a National Basketball Association team based in Baltimore. The team folded November 27, 1954 with a 3–11 record, making the Bullets the last NBA franchise to do so, as of 2016. Out of all defunct NBA teams, the Bullets were members of the association for the longest time and the only defunct team to win a championship.

Franchise History

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses

Year Lg W-L Regular Season Playoffs
1944–45 ABL 14–16 4th, Lost ABL Finals
1945–46 ABL 21–13 1st-T, Won ABL Finals
1946–47 ABL 31–3 1st, Southern Division Forfeited ABL Finals
1947–48 BAA 28–20 2nd, Western Division Won BAA Finals
1948–49 BAA 29–31 3rd, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1949–50 NBA 25–43 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1950–51 NBA 24–42 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1951–52 NBA 20–46 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1952–53 NBA 16–54 4th, Eastern Division Lost East Div Semis
1953–54 NBA 16–56 5th, Eastern Division Did not qualify
1954–55 NBA 3–11 Eastern Division folded during season

List of notable personnel

Hall of Famer Buddy Jeannette was both a player and coach during the Bullets' championship season in 1947–48.



Basketball Hall of Famers


    Preceded by
    Philadelphia Warriors
    BAA Champions
    Baltimore Bullets

    Succeeded by
    Minneapolis Lakers
    1949 and 1950

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