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.

The Resume: 

Drafted fourth overall in 1970 – Boston Celtics

8x All-Star

3x All-NBA

3x All-NBA Defense

Rookie of the Year

All-Star MVP


2x Champion

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). 

Dave Cowen Celtics & Julius Earvin Nets in One Big League: Pro Basketball Issue October 25, 1976 X 20811 credit: Irving Penn - assign


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Josh Eberley – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph –, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel –, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – /, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal –, @BSO

Shane Young –, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – /, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene –, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – /, @brooklynsbeat

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

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – / Sirius XM NBA / /, @hoopscritic


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#50 Pete Maravich


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