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Sam Jones

10X
NBA Champion
5X
NBA All-Star
3X
All-NBA

Things to Know


The bank shot. The lightning reflexes.

As one of Boston’s primary scorers, Sam Jones was an important member of the Celtics dynasty of the 1960s, winning 10 championships, and a clutch playoff performer during those runs. His 10 championships places him second only to his Boston teammate, Bill Russell.

Red Auerbach never saw Jones play before drafting him. Auerbach heard from college coaches that the best player in North Carolina played at North Carolina-Central, a small HBCU.

Career
Jones was known for his clutch shooting, especially in the postseason, where he averaged 18.9 points, slightly above his career average. From 1961-68, Jones averaged 22.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 2.7 apg as the Celtics won six championships in seven seasons. He shot 45.6% in his career and was known for his quickness and ability to hit bank shots from different angles.

In the 1964-65 season, Jones finished fourth in the NBA in scoring (25.9 ppg) and averaged 28.6 ppg in helping the Celtics defeat the Sixers and then Lakers for the title. That season also marked the first of his three consecutive All-NBA Second Team selections.

In 1968-69, Jones' final NBA season, he hit the winning shot in Game 4 of The Finals against the Lakers as Boston would go on to win the series in seven games.

Jones led the great Celtics teams in the 1960s in scoring three times, and for four straight seasons averaged 20 points or better. When he retired in 1969, Jones held 11 Celtics records and had the single-game scoring record of 51 points (which was since broken by Larry Bird and Jayson Tatum).

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Sam Jones

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: Sam Jones

The clutch gene of Sam Jones

The clutch gene of Sam Jones

Stats


17.7
PPG
4.9
RPG
2.5
APG

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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1968-69BOS367026.016.37.115.845.0---2.12.778.3--3.82.6---1.7
1967-68BOS357333.021.38.518.546.1---4.35.282.7--4.93.0---2.5
1966-67BOS347232.322.18.919.545.4---4.45.285.7--4.73.0---2.7
1965-66BOS336732.223.59.319.946.9---4.96.179.9--5.23.2---2.5
1964-65BOS328036.125.910.322.745.2---5.46.582.0--5.12.8---2.2
1963-64BOS317631.319.48.117.945.0---3.34.278.3--4.62.7---2.5
1962-63BOS307630.619.78.217.247.6---3.44.379.3--5.23.2---2.1
1961-62BOS297830.618.47.616.546.4---3.13.881.8--5.93.0---1.9
1960-61BOS287826.015.06.213.744.9---2.73.478.7--5.42.8---1.9
1959-60BOS277420.411.94.810.645.4---2.33.076.4--5.11.7---1.4
1958-59BOS267120.610.74.39.943.4---2.12.877.0--6.01.4---1.4
1957-58BOS255610.64.61.84.242.9---1.11.571.4--2.90.7---0.8
Overall87127.917.77.215.845.6---3.34.180.3--4.92.5---2.0
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