NBA All-White Players From The Boston Celtics

Joe WillettSenior Writer INovember 12, 2008

First of all, I know it has been a while, but when I saw the new NBA contest, I just had to chime in.  I'm sorry to all my loyal readers (all five of you) for what you have missed.  It's been almost a month but I'm back on the horse.

So for the new NBA contest, we have to come up with an "All-NBA" team of anything you want.  A lot of ideas came through my head.  Short players?  Hard to find an inside game there.  Dumb players?  How would you judge that through all-time.

Then, the idea came to me.  Who are the best white players of all time.  There have got to be five good white players out there who deserve recognition, so I'm going to do my best.  Just to make this more difficult, I will make every player on this team from the Boston Celtics

PG- Bob Cousy (1950-63)

Cousy was a star at College of the Holy Cross, where he lead his team to two NCAA Championships.  The Houdini of the Hardwood innovated the point guard position, and was Steve Nash before Steve Nash.  He lead the NBA in assists for eight consecutive seasons, an outstanding feat that, to my knowledge, nobody else has ever accomplished.  The man who was introduced at Boston home games as Mr. Basketball was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

SG- John Havlicek (1962-78)

Havlicek had to be crushed in his fifth year in the NBA.  You see, it was his first NBA season WITHOUT an NBA Championship.  He then preceded to four more over the next ten years, but he didn't rely on others for his illustrious career.  He went to 13 All-Star Games, won an NBA Finals MVP, has had his jersey retired by his college (#5 at Ohio State) and pro teams (#17 in Boston) to go with many other awards.  Not to mention this memorable moment in Celtics history.  "Greer is putting the ball in play. He gets it out deep and Havlicek steals it! Over to Sam Jones! Havlicek stole the ball! It's all over...It's all over! Johnny Havlicek stole the ball!"  As told by Johnny Most, the Celtics announcer during the 1965 Eastern Championship game.

SF- Larry Bird (1979-92)

Larry Legend is just that, one of the greatest players of all time.  His bouts with Magic Johnson for supremacy as the Celtics and Lakers battled every year for an NBA Championship.  Bird made 12 All-Star games, won three NBA MVP awards, three NBA Championships, two Finals MVP awards, and many other awards throughout his career.  He has made it to The Sports Guy's Pantheon of Boston Sports Greats, and into the hearts of all fans of the NBA in general.

PF- Tom Heinsohn (1956-65)

We all thought Havlicek had an easy go with all of his NBA Championships, but Tom Heinsohn barely has enough fingers to hold all of his rings.  In nine seasons, Heinsohn won eight championships, the only season he didn't win it all was in his second season in the NBA.  He then won seven strait championships to join his first won.  He also made six All-Star games, won the Rookie of the Year award, and has gone on to a distinguished coaching career, winning the Coach of the Year award in 1973.

C- Bob Brannum (1951-55)

Brannum gets this spot mainly because somebody needs to protect Bob Cousy.  Brannum spent four years in Boston and was mainly a body guard and a good scorer.  He may not have shown up in the playoffs other than in 1955 (averaged 11.3 ppg in the playoffs that year)  but he usually made the most of his playing time, averaging about 10 points and 11 rebounds per 36 minutes.  Said Cousy, "It was a great luxury to have Bob on the team, and to have him playing the role of protector. It definitely made my job a lot easier."

I'm Joe W.

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