Meet the Men in Green - Tom Boswell
By Steven Markos
Tom Boswell was one of three new faces to grace the parquet at the beginning of the 1975 season. The 17th overall selection in the 1975 draft, the Celtics selected the power forward/center out of the University of South Carolina. An intimidating individual, Boswell stood 6 feet 9 inches and weighed 225 pounds. As a rookie, Boswell was viewed as raw talent, however the Celtics felt that as long as Dave Cowens and Paul Silas served as his mentors, Boswell could become a superstar in the NBA.
"The kid has more talent than anyone on the squad and is as strong or stronger than Paul Silas," said Celtics Head Coach Tom Heinsohn before the 1975-76 season. "Until now the game has been too easy for him. He could be a great one."
During his rookie campaign, Boswell was competing against Ed Searcy for the back up power forward spot. He played 275 minutes in 35 games with the Celtics as a rookie, averaging 2.7 points per a game, two rebounds in 7.9 minutes of play.
Boswell was a crucial part of the Celtics during the regular season, especially when Cowens went down with injury.
In the run to the 1976 championship, Boswell saw limited action as he appeared in only three of the C's 18 postseason games. His highlight of the 1975-1976 playoffs came in Game 2 of the NBA Championship Series against the Phoenix Suns. In his only appearance in the Finals, Boswell scored a basket and grabbed a rebound in one minute of play.