John Havlicek: Boston Celtics Legend
Known as one of the NBA’s “Top 50 Greatest Players of All Time,” John Havlicek has a legacy that few athletic superstars can match. With eight NBA titles, four of which came in his first four seasons, Havlicek proved early on that he was a force to be reckoned with on the court.
Unlike many basketball players, who shine during a brief athletic peak and then quickly fade, Havlicek maintained professional form throughout his career. In fact, he was the first NBA player to score 1,000 points in 16 straight seasons.
Even today, Havlicek’s statistics seem unreal, but those who saw him play understand just how dominant he was on the court. For eight seasons straight, he averaged no worse than 20.7 points per game. With a well-rounded skillset, Havlicek stood out on both offense and defense.
The Boston Celtics honored Havlicek’s accomplishments by retiring his jersey in 1978. Still today, he is the team’s all-time scoring leader with 26,395. He also has played more games than any Boston player in history.
Another record held by Havlicek is the NBA Finals record for the most points scored in a single overtime period. At 9 points, Havlicek shares this particular record, but it still indicates the persistence that he brought to every game, during all four quarters and beyond.
In 1984, John Havlicek was an inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This organization honors the best basketball players, athletes and contributors from around the world, making it one of the most competitive honors in any sport.
It’s tough to say which of John Havlicek’s accomplishments is the most impressive, but it’s safe to assume that his legacy will endure the test of time. Records may come and go, and memories of games past may start to fade, but the effort and dedication that Havlicek showed on the court has been an inspiration to many. In that way, Havlicek has affected people’s lives beyond the NBA, and with continued involvement in charity organizations, he continues his legacy of excellence.