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John Havelick's Career

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The NBA legend will remain revered for years to come in the NBA

Few basketball players have careers like John Havlicek. The Celtics legend died this week and left many fans celebrating the legacy he had on the court.

As a player, Havelick was known for his relentless work ethic and scoring prowess. He was a true two-way player and had the ability to lock-down his opponents when the game was on the line. Havelick is a former finals MVP and 13 time All-Star. In his career, he was selected to 11 All-NBA teams and 8 All-Defensive teams.

While he is has been largely forgotten into today’s NBA, when John Havlicek retired he was considered as easily one of the top five or three greatest players ever. Only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones have won more championships during careers.

When he retired, Havlicek was the NBA career leader in games played, the career leader in field goals attempted, and third in career points. In 1984 Havlicek was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[8] And in 1997, he was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Havelick remains the Boston Celtics all-time leading scorer and is one of the most celebrated member of the the franchise. However, despite his scoring prowess, the line that he is most remember for is “Havlicek stole the Ball.” Few players have his sensational offensive and defensive abilities.

Off the court, Havelick was a successful businessman in his retirement and one the original investors in the Wendy’s fast food restaurant.

Havelick will continue to be a legend in the Celtics organization and NBA well into the future.

His career is definitely worth remembering and celebrating.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Michael Mannen

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