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Bill Sharman

Enshrined 1976
Abilene, TX
May 25, 1926 - October 25, 2013


Bill Sharman is one of a select group of individuals in NBA history to win a championship as both a player and a coach. Known for his willingness to spend countless hours in the gym perfecting his skills, Sharman brought a disciplined work ethic to the game. A superb 15-letter athlete at Porterville (CA) High School, Sharman was a bona fide star at the University of Southern California where he was a two-time All-Pacific Coast Conference selection and Conference MVP. In ten seasons with the Celtics, Sharman teamed with Bob Cousy to form one of the NBA's most formidable and championship-laden backcourt duos. In a fifteen-year coaching career, Sharman was the first coach to win championships in three different pro leagues.

Career Highlights

All-America at USC, 1949, 1950
NBA All-Star, 1953-60
All-NBA First Team, 1956-59
NBA championships with Boston Celtics, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961