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Long-time Boston Celtics scoring guard Sam Jones passed away on Thursday due to natural causes. The basketball legend died at age 88.
Drafted in 1957, Jones won eight consecutive championships under Auerbach and two additional titles playing for former teammate / coach Bill Russell.
Jones’ ability to get a bucket earned him the title of The Shooter and Mr. Clutch. He spent 12 years with Boston, averaging 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists throughout his career. Jones retired in 1969.
His accolades range from having his No. 24 jersey retired at TD Garden, to five All-Star nominations and being an inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
At a time when Russell, KC Jones and John Havlicek ruled the Association, Sam Jones was a vital part of Boston’s recipe for victory.
The Celtics released a statement regarding Jones’ passing:
“Sam Jones was one of the most talented, versatile, and clutch shooters for the most successful and dominant teams in NBA history. His scoring ability was so prolific, and his form so pure, that he earned the simple nickname, ‘The Shooter.’ … 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.”
The organization honored Jones’ death prior to their Thursday night win against the Phoenix Suns.
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