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Sam Jones Greatness on the Court



           Sam Jones was an amazing player and winner on the basketball court. He was a part of the Boston Celtics when they were the most dominant team in basketball history. No team in the NBA had a run like they did, winning 8 titles in a row and no team will ever come close to that. Another measure of a man is his service to his country and Sam served the US Army for two years. 

     Sam was part of the the dynamic duo of the Jones boys alongside KC in Boston. Sam was there for ten NBA title teams from 59 to 66 as well as 68 and 69. His role on those teams was of huge significance during those magical runs. He was a five time All Star. He was named to the NBA's 25th and 50th anniversary teams. His number 24 is hanging in the Boston Garden. Sam "Mr Buckets" Jones is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Jones was part of the first all black starting five in NBA history! 

     Sam's ability on the floor gave him the nick name Mr Buckets! He was incredibly quick on the court, he could run circles around other players and he wasn't afraid to bang on the boards. He had a knack for the bank shot and many, many clutch game=winning shots for the Boston Celtics. When hearing the name Sam Jones clutch is right there. He retired with more the 15000 points. He had a brief stint as an assistant coach during the 74/75 season. Sam was a tenacious defender. When asked in an interview by CelticsSentinel writer, Tom Lane, about his defensive ability his response was "I prided myself on playing defense. KC was a little better and I like that because he got to play Jerry West and Oscar Robertson."

     In an era where he played with the greatest Bill Russell he was able to stand out on his own but as a true team player. When it's time for the NBA to reveal it's 75th and 100th anniversary teams he damn well deserves a spot on each. You could put Sam into any era of basketball and he would be who he was on the court - a winner! 

     

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