NBA Hall of Fame: 1962-1963 Boston Celtics Now Have a Record 9 Hall of Famers

Matt Ryan@Matlanta1989Correspondent IIApril 9, 2011

WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 30:  Former Boston Celtics player Tom 'Satch' Sanders talks to the news media after attending legendary NBA coach Red Auerbach's viewing at Joseph Gawler's Sons Inc. funeral home October 30, 2006 in Washington, DC. Auerbach, who led the Celtics to 16 NBA championships as either coach, general manager or club president, died Saturday at the age of 89.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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This week both Dennis Rodman and Chris Mullin finally received their nominations into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, and undoubtedly, these two will headline the induction ceremony this summer in Springfield, Mass.

These two should not overshadow the other inductees.

Artis Gilmore's induction is about 10 years overdue, especially for the NBA's all-time leader in career field goal percentage.

Tex Winter was the architect of the triangle offense and Arvydas Sabonis is arguably the best European player of all-time.

Tara VanDerVeer and Teresa Edwards' contributions to the women's game have finally received this distinct honor.

Former Halrem Globtrotter Reece Tatum and Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee were also voted in.

The guy who seems to be overlooked the most in this induction class is former Boston Celtic Thomas "Satch" Sanders.

Sanders never made an NBA All-Star game and his most distinguished individual honor was a selection to the All NBA-Defensive second team in 1969. However, he was an eight-time NBA champion and a talented forward that helped Red Auerbach's Celtics become the greatest dynasty in the history of North American sports.

The 13-year veteran is one of the few NBA players in the Hall of Fame with a career scoring average of less than 10 points per game.

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The biggest reason why Sanders is being overlooked is the previously unreported record that has been broken. The 1962-1963 Boston Celtics championship-winning team now has nine players that were later inducted in to the Hall of Fame.

Bill Russell

Tom Heinsohn

Clyde Lovellette

John Havlicek

Frank Ramsey

Satch Sanders

Sam Jones

K.C. Jones

Bob Cousy

Other Celtics rosters from this era now include six or seven Hall of Famers on their roster, including the 1960-1961 team with eight (Bill Sharman's final season). Many consider the 1961-1962 or 1964-1965 editions of the Celtics to be the best from this era, but neither can now approach the mark that has  been set by the 62-63 squad. That number will likely remain at nine, unless James Loscutoff starts receiving Hall of Fame votes.in the near future.

Vince Lombardi had 10 Hall of Famers on the 1962 Green Bay Packers (coincidentally the same year as this Celtics team). That's about one out of five guys on the team who are now in Canton.

Toe Blake coached a cup-winning Montreal Canadiens in 1956 that had 10 Hall of Famers. Nearly half of those players are now in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Three out of four guys on Auerbach's title-winning team in 1963 were Hall of Famers. I don't think a higher percentage or fraction can be found for any other non-fictional team.

Going into the 1962-1963 season, the Boston Celtics were coming off a 4th-consecutive NBA championship. It would be Bob Cousy's final season and the Celtics, historically on paper, looked more talented than ever with rookie John Havlicek and the addition of veteran Clyde Lovellette. They would go on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the NBA Finals, in a series that featured 11 Hall of Famers (that might be a record as well).

Sanders' induction may not be the headline for the Hall of Fame ceremony in 2011, but at least a sports trivia question has finally been answered. Which NBA team had the most Hall of Famers?

Somewhere out there, Bill Simmons is smiling about this new milestone.

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