Jones played his entire 12-year NBA career with the Celtics, winning 10 championships between 1957-69. He was one of the three players -- along with Bill Russell and K.C. Jones -- to be a part of the franchise's eight straight title teams. Jones' 10 NBA championships are second to just Russell for the most titles won by a player in league history.
The Jones family is in our thoughts as we mourn the loss of Sam Jones and fondly remember the life and career of one of the greatest champions in American sports.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 31, 2021
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The two-guard, nicknamed "The Shooter," was a five-time All-Star as Jones averaged 17.7 points for his career, while also earning the "Mr. Clutch" moniker for taking it up a notch in the playoffs. His average increased to 18.9 points in 154 postseason games. Jones averaged at least 20.5 points or more per contest for seven straight postseason runs.
"Sam Jones was one of the most talented, versatile, and clutch shooters for the most successful and dominant teams in NBA history," the statement wrote. "His scoring ability was so prolific, and his form so pure, that he earned the simple nickname, "The Shooter." He was also known as "Mr. Clutch." One of the many testaments to his clutch performances is the fact that his playoff scoring average (18.9) exceeded his regular season output (17.7)."His number 24 was retired in 1969, the final year of his Celtics career, which of course resulted in an NBA Championship – his tenth. Only Bill Russell won more championships in his NBA career. The Jones family is in our thoughts as we mourn his loss and fondly remember the life and career of one of the greatest champions in American sports."
Another one of my dear friends lost. Well, the banks are open in heaven this #NYE.— Cedric Maxwell (@cedricmaxwell81) December 31, 2021
RIP to fellow NC native, a legendary player, a 10x champion w our @Celtics, and a wonderful person.
☘️🖤#samjonesRIP #RIPSamJones #Celtics #BleedGreen pic.twitter.com/xGktleXDmK
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