There is no argument here.
The Stats: 18.4 points, 7.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds
The Credentials: 6x NBA Champion; 13x All-Star; 10x All-NBA First Team and anniversary team you can think of.
“The Houdini of the Hardwood”,”Mr. Basketball”, and of course, “The Cooz.”
Cousy was the core of a team of Hall of Famers that featured Bill Russell, Tommy Heinsohn, K.C. Jones, Bill Sharman, and Satch Sanders.
Cousy put flare in a game that hadn't yet found it and brought flash to the court that had never been seen before.
After Cousy retired, Celtics owner Walter Brown told a Boston newspaper that "the Celtics wouldn't be here without him. If he had played in New York, he would have been as big as Babe Ruth. I think he is anyway."
Heinsohn told the Boston Herald in 1983: "What Russell was on defense, that's what Cousy was on offense—a magician. Once that ball reached his hands, the rest of us just took off, never bothering to look back. We didn't have to. He'd find us. When you got into a position to score, the ball would be there."
Cousy was the benchmark of point guards. With arguably the best vision of all time, Cousy could find the open man at a dead sprint. No-look and behind-the-back passes were not rare but every game events for Cousy. He knew how to pace the game, let plays develop and could hit any shot on the court.
Out of the emotional send-offs that the Garden would become known for, none were more powerful than the scene for the Cooz's last regular season game.
Known as the “Boston Tear Party,” Cousy received a 20-minute farewell that was only supposed to take seven minutes.
President John Kennedy wired to Cousy: “The game bears an indelible stamp of your rare skills and competitive daring.”
In six games, the Celtics defeated the Lakers to send Cousy out on top in the 1963 NBA Finals.
Cousy easily ranks as one of the top five point guards of all time.