18. Tom Sanders

Tom “Satch” Sanders is one of only three players to appear in eight NBA Finals and win them all.  To no surprise, the other two are also Celtics.

Sanders would join Boston early in their dynasty where the Forward showed strong defensive prowess finishing in the top twenty in Rebounds per Game three times while averaging 9.6 Points per Game.  Sanders wasn't a star player, but like so many on this list who played in that timeframe, his role was defined, and he did it well.

Sanders would enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 as a contributor as he would become a coach and the creator of a transition program for rookies.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Power Forward, Small Forward
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 8th Overall of the NBA Draft 4/11/60.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1972/73 Season.
  • Games Played: 916
  • Per Game Averages: 24.2 MP
    *N/A eFG%
    .767 FT%
    9.6 PTS
    6.3 RB
    1.1 AST
    *N/A STL
    *N/A BLK

    *eFG%, Steals, and Blocks were not stats when Jones played.

  • Advanced Stats: 11.9 PER
    .482 TS%
    **N/A VORP
    56.5 WS

    ** VORP was not a stat when Jones played.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    NBA Champion (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 & 1968)
    Second Team All-Defensive (1969)


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