Robert Parish - Celtics Legend

Robert Parish - #00 - Boston Celtics

Center | 7' 1/2" | 230 lbs. | Born: August 30, 1953

  • Nine-time NBA All-Star
  • Four-time NBA champion (three with Celtics)
  • Named to 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list
  • No. 00 jersey retired by Celtics
  • Played 14 seasons with Celtics

Acquired, along with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, on June 9, 1980, from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for the No. 1 and No. 13 picks in the 1980 NBA Draft.

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Robert Parish - Biography

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Robert Parish, otherwise known as “The Chief,” made his NBA debut on Oct. 22, 1976 after being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 1976 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. After a stellar collegiate career, the 7-footer was expected to be a solid pro, but no one knew he’d wind up playing in the league for a whopping 21 seasons.

His first four seasons were spent with the Warriors, with his statistics rising as high as 17.2 PPG and 12.1 RPG during his third full season in 1978-79. As a rising star in the league, he would undoubtedly grow into a hot commodity in the NBA. Hot commodities are exactly what the Boston Celtics look for.

On June 9, 1980, the legendary Red Auerbach pulled off a blockbuster trade by acquiring Parish and the third overall pick in that year’s draft in exchange for the No. 1 and No. 13 picks. That trade, widely regarded as one of the most lopsided deals in NBA history, allowed the Celtics to draft Kevin McHale with the No. 3 pick.

Parish and McHale went on to team up with Larry Bird in Boston, a trio that helped the Celtics win three NBA championships, including one in 1981, their first season together. The other two banners were earned in 1984 and 1986. In addition to the championships, Parish also made all nine of his All-Star appearances during his tenure with the Celtics.

The marriage between Boston and Parish was lengthy, lasting a full 14 seasons. That tenure is nearly three-times as long as the average NBA player’s career length. During those 14 seasons anchoring the paint for Boston, The Chief put up an average of 16.5 PPG to go along with 10.0 RPG. The best season of his career, the 1981-82 season, included averages of 19.9 PPG and 10.8 RPG. He performed at or near those numbers for nearly an entire decade in green and white.

After the 1993-94 season, Parish’s contract was not renewed by the Celtics and he went on to sign as a free agent with the Charlotte Hornets, where his numbers dramatically dipped. He played two seasons in Charlotte before concluding his career with a one-season stop in Chicago with the Bulls.

Though the final three seasons of his NBA career were far from impressive, Parish left his mark on the league with his longevity and production. He retired with, and still holds, records for most games played in the NBA (1,611) and oldest player to start a game (43 years, 118 days). Both the NBA and the Celtics have recognized all of his accomplishments on several occasions.

During the tail-end of his career, in 1996, Parish was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list. The accolades continued to roll in after Parish’s career had come to an end, as the Celtics retired his epic No. 00 jersey on Jan. 18, 1998, less than a year after his retirement. Finally, Parish was The Chief of Springfield, Mass., for a day when he was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

ROBERT PARISH

Height: 7'1/2"Weight: 230 LBS Birth:08/30/53 College: CENTENARY '76
Traded by the Golden State Warriors with a 1980 first-round draft choice for two 1980 first-round draft choices on June 9, 1980... contract does not get renewed and becomes a free agent... retired in 1997.

Regular Season Record
Year G MIN FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT OFF DEF TOT AST PF-DQ ST BL PTS AVG
80-81 82 2298 635 1166 .545 282 397 .710 245 532 777 144 310-9 81 214 1552 18.9
81-82 80 2534 669 1235 .542 252 355 .710 288 578 866 140 267-5 68 192 1590 19.9
82-83 78 2459 619 1125 .550 271 388 .698 260 567 827 141 222-4 79 148 1509 19.3
83-84 80 2867 623 1140 .546 274 368 .745 243 614 857 139 266-7 55 116 1520 19.0
84-85 79 2850 551 1016 .542 292 393 .743 263 577 840 125 223-2 56 101 1394 17.6
85-86 81 2567 530 966 .549 245 335 .731 246 524 770 145 215-3 65 116 1305 16.1
86-87 80 2995 588 1057 .556 227 309 .735 254 597 851 173 266-5 64 144 1403 17.5
87-88 74 2312 442 750 .589 177 241 .734 173 455 628 115 198-5 55 84 1061 14.3
88-89 80 2840 596 1045 .570 294 409 .719 342 654 996 175 209-2 79 116 1486 18.6
89-90 79 2396 505 871 .580 233 312 .747 259 537 796 103 189-2 38 69 1243 15.7
90-91 81 2441 485 811 .598 237 309 .767 271 585 856 66 197-1 66 103 1207 14.9
91-92 79 2285 468 874 .535 179 232 .772 219 486 705 70 172-2 68 97 1115 14.1
92-93 79 2146 416 777 .535 162 235 .689 246 494 740 61 201-3 57 107 994 12.6
93-94 74 1987 356 725 .491 154 208 .740 141 401 542 82 190-3 42 96 866 11.7
TOTALS 1106 34977 7483 13558 .552 3279 4491 .730 3450 7601 11051 1679 3125-53 873 1703 18245 16.5
Three-Point Field Goals: 1980-81, 0-for-1 (.000); 1982-83, 0-for-1 (.000); 1986-87, 0-for-1 (.000); 1987-88 0-for-1 (.000); 1990-91, 0-for-1 (.000). Totals: 0-for-5 (.000).
Playoff Record
80-81 17 492 108 219 .493 39 58 .672 50 96 146 19 74-2 21 39 255 15.0
81-82 12 426 102 209 .488 51 75 .680 43 92 135 18 47-1 5 48 255 21.3
82-83 7 249 43 89 .483 17 20 .850 21 53 74 9 18-0 5 9 103 14.7
83-84 23 869 139 291 .478 64 99 .646 76 172 248 27 100-6 23 41 342 14.9
84-85 21 803 136 276 .493 87 111 .784 57 162 219 31 68-0 21 34 359 17.1
85-86 18 591 106 225 .471 58 89 .652 52 106 158 25 47-1 9 30 270 15.0
86-87 21 734 149 263 .567 79 103 .767 59 139 198 28 79-4 18 35 377 18.0
87-88 17 626 100 188 .532 50 61 .820 51 117 168 21 42-0 11 19 250 14.7
88-89 3 112 20 44 .455 7 9 .778 6 20 26 6 5-0 4 2 47 15.7
89-90 5 170 31 54 .574 17 18 .944 23 27 50 13 21-0 5 7 79 15.8
90-91 10 296 58 97 .598 42 61 .689 33 59 92 6 34-1 8 7 158 15.8
91-92 10 335 50 101 .495 20 28 .714 38 59 97 14 22-0 7 15 120 12.0
92-93 4 146 31 57 .544 6 7 .857 13 25 38 5 14-0 1 6 68 17.0
TOTALS 168 5849 1073 2113 .508 537 739 .727 408 886 1294 176 571-15 107 196 2070 16.0
Three-Point Field Goals: 1986-87, 0-for-1 (.000).