NBA 75th Anniversary Season LogoNBA 75th   Anniversary Team

Bob Cousy

6X
NBA Champion
1X
NBA MVP
13X
NBA All-Star
2X
NBA All-Star Game MVP
12X
All-NBA

Things to Know


Playmaker with a revolutionary style.

Perhaps the first showman guard in NBA history, Bob Cousy set the tone for point guard play in the league for decades to come.

One of the most exciting playmakers in NBA history, he led the NBA in assists for eight straight seasons, was a clutch free throw shooter and played in 13 straight All-Star Games all while helping the Boston Celtics to six NBA titles.

Career
His dribbling and playmaking skills -- revolutionary at the time -- earned him the nickname "The Houdini of the Hardwood." At full speed he could see the whole court and spot the open man -- even if that player was trailing behind. The league had never before seen a player with sharper peripheral vision.

Before arriving in Boston, Cousy was traded from the Tri-Cities Blackhawks to the Chicago Stags. The Stags folded before the 1950-51 season and he ended up with the Boston Celtics via a dispersal draft.

In the days before the shot clock, Cousy delivered a playoff performance that stands out in Celtics lore. In Game 2 of the 1953 division semifinals, he finished with 50 points in a four-overtime, 111-105 win against the Syracuse Nationals. En route to his 50 points, Cousy sank 30 of 32 free throws.

Cousy was at his peak in the 1956-57 season as the Celtics were about to being their run of dominance. Boston won the championship behind Cousy, who won his first and only NBA MVP. That season, Cousy ranked first in the league in assists (7.5 apg) and eighth in scoring (20.6 ppg), just behind teammate Bill Sharman (21.1 ppg).

In 1971, he was rewarded with election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also named to the NBA's 25th, 35th and 50th Anniversary Teams.

After retiring as a player, Cousy got into coaching. He was the coach at Boston College from 1963-69. He returned to the NBA -- as a coach -- with the Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1969-73. During that time, in 1969-70, Cousy returned briefly as a player, appearing in seven games for the Kings. Overall, as an NBA coach, Cousy compiled a 141-209 record.

Following his coaching and playing days, Cousy found success as a broadcaster with the Celtics. He began calling games in 1974, something he still does occasionally on team broadcasts.

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Bob Cousy

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Bob Cousy

Bob Cousy: The showman guard

Stats


18.4
PPG
5.2
RPG
7.5
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

Seasontmagegpminptsfgmfgafg%3pm3pa3p%ftmftaft%orebdrebrebaststlblktovpf
1969-70CIN4174.90.70.10.433.3---0.40.4100--0.71.4---1.6
1962-63BOS347626.013.25.213.039.7---2.93.973.5--2.56.8---2.3
1961-62BOS337528.215.76.215.739.1---3.34.475.4--3.57.8---1.8
1960-61BOS327632.518.16.818.237.1---4.65.977.9--4.47.7---2.6
1959-60BOS317534.519.47.619.738.4---4.35.479.2--4.79.5---1.9
1958-59BOS306537.020.07.419.438.4---5.15.985.5--5.58.6---2.1
1957-58BOS296534.218.06.819.435.3---4.35.085.0--5.07.1---2.1
1956-57BOS286436.920.67.519.837.8---5.76.982.1--4.87.5---2.1
1955-56BOS277238.418.86.117.036.0---6.67.884.4--6.88.9---2.9
1954-55BOS267138.721.27.418.539.7---6.58.080.7--6.07.8---2.3
1953-54BOS257239.719.26.817.538.5---5.77.378.7--5.57.2---2.8
1952-53BOS247141.519.86.518.635.2---6.78.381.6--6.37.7---3.2
1951-52BOS236640.621.77.821.036.9---6.27.780.8--6.46.7---2.9
1950-51BOS2269-15.65.816.535.2---4.05.375.6--6.94.9---2.7
Overall92435.318.46.717.837.5---5.06.280.3--5.27.5---2.4
View Complete Stats

75thAnniversary Team
scroll down to view the player list

Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.