The Washington Wizards began as the Chicago Packers in 1961, spent several seasons in Baltimore, and finally landed in Washington, as the Washington Bullets, in 1974. After achieving only moderate success for a decade, the Bullets developed into a solid unit in the 1970's, built around rugged center Wes Unseld and talented scorer and rebounder Elvin Hayes. The team was a model of consistency in the 80's, and on May 15th, 1997, the team officially became known as the Washington Wizards, a decision made by team owner Abe Pollin. At the same time, the team moved from Landover, Maryland to Washington, D.C. Currently, the Washington Wizards compete in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, and their home games are at the Verizon Center.