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106. Tom Heinsohn

Sometimes players have short yet extremely productive careers; such is the case with Tom Heinsohn. One of the greatest Boston Celtics of all-time, Heinsohn played his entire NBA career with the Boston Celtics and his 8 NBA championship rings ranks him third all-time in rings for a player behind only teammates Bill Russell and Sam Jones.

A star in high school Heinsohn chose Holy Cross University where he could go on to be the schools greatest player. Heíd finish his career as the schools all-time leading scorer and his 51 points in a game is still a school record.

The Boston Celtics used their territorial draft pick in 1956 to select Heinsohn. He made an immediate impact for the Celtics averaging 16 points a game and winning rookie of the year honors. The Celtics would win the NBA title that season which would be their first of 11 in 13 years.

Heinsohn made the all-star game his rookie year and would make it a total of six times in his career. Heinsohnís numbers would not improvement much over his rookie year in his first three years due to the talent level of the team. His second year the Celtics lost to the Hawks in the finals and his third year the Celtics won the first of their record setting eight consecutive NBA titles.

From 1960 until 1962 Heinsohn averaged 22 or more points a game, and he averaged around 10 rebounds from 1957 until 1962. 1960 was arguably Heinsohnís best year in the NBA where he averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists.

Heinsohn would be named president of the players association and would forever change the way business was done in the NBA. In 1964 he and several other NBA all-stars threatened to strike if the NBA did not grant them the ability to become free agents. The NBA caved and thus free agency owes itís birth to Heinsohn.

Heinsohn retired in 1965, following the 7th of 8 NBA titles for the Celtics. He had career averages of 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in 654 career games, was a six time all-star and 8 time NBA champion. His #15 was retired by the Celtics and he was named one of the 50 greatest players of all-time in 1996.

Heinsohn coached the Celtics from 1969, replacing Bill Russell, until 1978 in that time he accumulated 690 427 wins, 263 losses and 2 NBA titles and won 1973 Coach of the Year honors.

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