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17. Jo Jo White

17. Jo Jo White

Initially, it seemed that Jo Jo White arrived a year too late as after he was drafted, both Bill Russell and Sam Jones retired.   That was not the case as they would rebuild with White running the Point.  He wasn't alone as he had other stars with him such as Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, and Paul Silas.  White was an incredible ball-handler who would become the team's ironman competing in 488 straight games.  In his third season, he would start another significant streak as he was named to seven consecutive All-Star Games, which included a pair of Second Team All-NBA Selections.  Leading Boston to the NBA Championship in 1974, his best moment was two seasons later where he was the Finals MVP, capturing his second Championship Ring, punctuated by a 33 Point performance in a triple-overtime Game 5 win.

White averaged 18.4 Points and 5.1 Assists per Game as a Boston Celtic and would be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Point Guard
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 9th Overall 4/7/69.
  • Departed: Traded to the Golden State Warriors for a 1979 1st Round Pick (which would be Larry Dernic) 1/30/79.
  • Games Played: 717
  • Per Game Averages: 37.3 MP
    .442 eFG%
    .833 FT%
    18.4 PTS
    4.3 RB
    5.1 AST
    *1.2 STL
    *0.2 BLK

    * Steals and Blocks were not a stat until 1973/74.

  • Advanced Stats: 14.5 PER
    .478 TS%
    **7.1 VORP
    51.0 WS

    **VORP was not a stat until 1973/74.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NBA Champion (1974 & 1976)
    All-Star (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Second Team All-NBA (1975 & 1977)
    NBA Finals MVP (1976)
    First Team All-Rookie (1970)


     

     

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