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19. K.C. Jones

K.C. Jones played with the great Bill Russell at the University of San Francisco where he would win two NCAA Championships.  The duo would later join the Celtics where Jones was not the same contributor that he was in college, but his role was to be a role player and distributor, which he did perfectly.  Jones played all nine of seasons in the NBA with Boston wherein eight of them he would be an NBA Champion, and three would see him finish in the top five in Assists.  While Jones was never an All-Star, he knew he didn't have to be, and his selflessness was one of the main reasons that made Boston so good for so long.

RIP: K.C. Jones

2020 has taken another one legend from us and on Christmas Day no less.

K.C. Jones passed away at 88 today, taking from us a man who wherever he went winning was always present.

Jones, who played with Bill Russell at the University of San Francisco won two NCAA Titles (1955 & 1956) and was a key member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic Team that won the gold. 

Jones was taken in the Second Round in 1956 by the Boston Celtics, a team he would play nine years for.  Playing at Point Guard, Jones was known for his defensive prowess, and he won eight titles in the nine NBA Championships he played.

After his playing career ended, Jones was a Coach, winning four NBA Titles, one as an Assistant (1981) and two as a Head Coach for Boston (1984 & 1986).  The fourth title was as an Assistant in 1972 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Jones was chosen for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.

This is the second legendary Celtic to pass away this year.  Tom Heinsohn, a long-time teammate of Jones, died on November 8 this year.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of K.C. Jones.

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