You’d be hard pressed to find a player who was more successful over a longer period of time than John Havlicek. He won NBA titles 13 years apart. Sure it was with the same franchise, but they were vastly different teams. The Boston Celtics of 1963 were a wholly different squad than the Celtics of 1976.
Except for the common thread of Hondo.
His ability to weave together disparate parts was more than threadbare, though. He’s a titan of the NBA having made 13 All-Star Teams, 11 All-NBA Teams, and eight All-Defensive Teams during his career in addition to his eight NBA titles. When he retired in 1978, Havlicek was the NBA’s all-time leader in games played, was 2nd in minutes played, was 3rd in points scored, and was 5th in assists dished.
If you had picked Hondo as the NBA’s premier small forward over the league’s first quarter-century, few…
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