Samuel "Sam" Jones

Enshrined 1984
Laurinburg, NC
Born: June 24, 1933


At 6-foot-4, Sam Jones was the prototype of the tall guard. He could run the floor, bang the boards and his rangy offensive game caused fits in his opponents. As a collegian, Jones was an offensive firehouse scoring 1,770 points while playing for Hall of Fame coach John McLendon at all-black North Carolina Central College. His scoring aptitude continued and as a pro he averaged over seventeen points a game. One of the "Jones Boys" of Boston, Sam teamed with K.C. in the Celtics backcourt to create havoc in NBA arenas around the country. Jones favored an unorthodox but highly effective bank shot that became the muscle behind his and Boston's ten NBA championships, including eight in a row from1959 to 1966.

Career Highlights

NBA championship with Boston Celtics, 1959-66, 68-69
NBA All-Star, 1962, 1964-66, 1968
All-NBA Second-Team, 1965-67
NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, 1996