John Havlicek’s NBA Records
From the very start of his career, John Havlicek quickly made a name for himself as a consistent and reliable player. His stamina and physical abilities as an athlete made him not only stand out on the court, but they also helped bring memorable victories to the Boston Celtics franchise. Havlicek’s sustaining averages over his first six seasons were 6.7 RPG, 2.2 APG and 14.3 PPG.
It would be in the early 1970’s that John Havlicek’s offensive edge would really start to show, with his scoring average at 28.9 PPG, followed by eight consecutive seasons averaging no less than 20.7 PPG.
With rising assist totals, the Celtics legend ended his career with incredible scores; in addition to being regarded as one of the best defenders, his all-time offensive averages reached numbers of 20.8 PPG, 6.3 RPG and 4.8 APG. Havlicek’s career boasts an impressive tally of 26,395 points.
On April 15, 1965, John Havlicek helped execute one of the most historic plays in NBA history. After a pass that deflected off a loose wire, Havlicek famously stole the ball from Philadelphia, and effectively stole the game, as well. This is perhaps remembered most by Johnny Most’s memorable call, “Havlicek stole the ball! It’s all over! It’s all over!” With Havlicek on the team, the Celtics would go on to win the championship that same year.
With eight championships under his belt, one of which being an NBA Finals MVP performance in 1974, the NBA added him to its list of the 50 greatest players as a part of the 35th anniversary. He also became a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984—no more than six years after his jersey was retired in 1978.
Havlicek’s legacy is that of a star athlete whose sportsmanship, professionalism, passion and competitive awareness shine through the many awards and accolades he’s received since retiring.
Records and stories like this will go on to shape the very history and culture of a game like basketball, and Havlicek has the highest possible honor of being one of those very players who played a role in creating that history.