Sam Jones was the Boston Celtics’ shooting guard from 1957-1969. After fellow teammate Bill Russell, he has the second most NBA Championship wins of any player in the NBA. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984. Jones and John Havlicek played on the Celtics together for 7 years.
After being drafted by Red Auerbach from North Carolina Central University, Jones was worried about living up to the legendary team. “I really thought it was the end of my basketball career. Sure, I was thrilled with the honor…I never thought I’d be able to break into the game, let alone the lineup,” he said. But Jones more than lived up to Auerbach’s expectations.
Known as one of the NBA’s best clutch scorers, Jones was skilled at using fundamental tactics like bank shots. His technique and skill have cemented him as of the Celtics’ most influential shooting guards. Red Auerbach once said, “I would like to thank Same Jones for making me a helluva coach.”