John Havlicek

John Havlicek was an eight time Champion. I don’t think any fancy words are needed to convey how insane that is. Eight rings is almost unfathomable in today’s game. Hondo like many of the greats played both ends, contributed on the glass, and facilitated as a playmaker. Evidenced by the fact he still sits 79th in rebounds, 31st in assists, and 13th in points.

While it’s true Hondo was a member of some tremendously talented teams, it illuminates how truly gifted he was to still stand-out. Hondo also played against some pretty great teams. For reference, Hondo won his Finals MVP in 1974, he was 33, and up against a pretty good Milwaukee Bucks squad that featured both Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. . .

The Resume:

Seventh Pick Overall 1962 – Boston Celtics

13x All-Star

11x All-NBA

8x All-NBA Defense

Finals MVP

8x Champion

Hall of Fame

 

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Matt Drappel (16).

The Barn Burner: Will Reeve (51).

How did the other guys rank Havlicek: Justin Rowan (17), Justin Termine (17), Josh Eberley (18), James Holas (18), Lang Greene (18), Jacob Noble (19), Adi Joseph (20), Marc Griffin (20), Justin Salkin (23), Brian Geltzeiler (29), Robert Littal (31), and Shane Young (33).

 

Havlicek - Russell

 

#37 Thursday, September 17.

 

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Contributors:

Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

 

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

#43 Chris Paul

#42 Bill Walton

#41 Gary Payton

#40 Elvin Hayes

#39 Clyde Drexler

#38 Allen Iverson

#37 Steve Nash

#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen
#25 John Stockton
#24 David Robinson
#23 Dirk Nowtizki

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