K.C. Jones

A hard-nosed, playmaking guard and defensive specialist, it would be hard to find a basketball personality who achieved more as a player and a coach than K.C. Jones. What he gave his teams on the court did not always show up on the stat sheet, but certainly translated into championships. Jones enjoyed a phenomenal collegiate career playing with fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell under Hall of Fame coach Phil Woolpert at the University of San Francisco. With the ball-hawking guard, the Dons won 57 of 58 games and captured back-to-back NCAA titles in 1955 and 1956. In 1956 Jones played on the U.S. Olympic gold medal team and then, soon after, joined the Boston Celtics where he was reunited with Russell. Dressed in green and white, Jones played admirably on eight consecutive NBA championship teams, making a huge impact as a scrapping, hustling player. Jones coached Boston to the 1984 and 1986 NBA championships, and earned 12 NBA championship rings in his distinguished career.