The 6’5” forward/guard was a total dynamic player with unbelievable stamina and amazing speed. He is more renowned for his baseline-to-baseline sprints, wearing out the opponents. He was without question among the best all-around players in NBA history.
Havlicek played three sports when he was in high school at the Bridgeport High School- basketball, baseball and football. However, he concentrated on his basketball career once at Ohio State University. He became a collegiate All-American and scored 14.6 ppg in his 3 varsity seasons. Havlicek won the NCAA Championship in 1960 with Ohio State.
After college, Havlicek was drafted into two professional sports leagues, NFL and NBA. Cleveland Browns of the NFL got him in the 7th round of the 1962 NFL Draft, while Boston Celtics selected him in the first round of the NBA Draft. Although the Browns tried their luck with Havlicek it was not to be and Havlicek was left o focus on the Celtics.
Garnering a fantastic career with the Celtics, John Havlicek is the team’s all-time leader in points and games played. He has scored 26,395 points (20.8 points per game, 10th all-time in points scored in the NBA) and has played 1,270 games. He is also the first player to score 1,000 points in 16 consecutive seasons.
Havlicek retired in 1978 after a 17-year long career with the Cletics.
Havlicek was the NBA’s all-time leader in games played then and ranked in the NBA’s top 10 in minutes played and in total points.
It was once commented that Havlicek’s compilation of championship rings would have been enough to fill a jewelry store, as he had been on 8 Boston championship teams.
In 1980 he was awarded a position on the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team and later in 1983 he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and also to the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.