Dave Cowens or Big Red carried the Celtics torch along with John Havlicek in-between the Bill Russell and Larry Bird eras. The often forgotten Celtics great did a damn good job running with the franchise player role, leading the Celtics to not one, but two Championships in a three year span. If we’re being honest with ourselves, Cowens had a hell of a case for Finals MVP in 1976, posting far superior numbers to teammate Jo Jo White. But the past is the past and the important thing to Celtics Nation was the jewellery won by all at the end of the season.
Drafted fourth overall in 1970 – Boston Celtics
3x All-NBA Defense
Rookie of the Year
Hall of Fame
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Justin Termine, (35).
The Barn Burner: Eight tied, (NR).
Others to rank Big Red: James Holas (36), Jacob Noble (37), Josh Eberley (41), Lang Greene (45), Shane Young (46).
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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
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Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr
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