Bob Cousy By The Numbers
In honor of Bob Cousy's 85th birthday, we present 10 numbers that you need to know about the man known as "The Houdini of the Hardwood" and one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
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1Cousy won his first and only Most Valuable Player award in 1957. With the addition of rookie Bill Russell, the Celtics posted a 44-28 record, which was the best in the league. Cousy led the league in the assists (7.5 apg) and eighth in scoring (20.6 ppg) to lead the Celtics to their second NBA championship and the first of eight consecutive titles for the club.
6Cousy won six NBA championships with the Boston Celtics. The first came in 1957, followed by five straight beginning in 1959 until he retired as a player in 1963 at the age of 35.
7After retiring as a player following the 1962-63 season, Cousy returned to the court for seven games for the Cincinnati Royals, a team he coached at the time. In five seasons as the coach of the Royals, Cousy posted a record of 141-209.
8Cousy led the NBA in assists for eight consecutive seasons beginning in the 1952-53 season, when he averaged 7.7 assists, a remarkable number during the pre-shot clock era. "Cooz was the absolute offensive master," Tommy Heinsohn told the Boston Herald in 1983. "What Russell was on defense, that's what Cousy was on offense -- a magician. Once that ball reached his hands, the rest of us just took off, never bothering to look back. We didn't have to. He'd find us. When you got into a position to score, the ball would be there."
10Cousy was named to the All-NBA First Team for 10 consecutive seasons beginning in 1952, his sophomore season in the NBA. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team in his final two years in the league (1962 and 1963).
13Cousy was named an NBA All-Star in each of his 13 seasons with the Celtics. He was named All-Star Most Valuable Player twice (1954 and 1957).
14Cousy's #14 jersey was retired by the Boston Celtics on October 16, 1963. His college jersey number (#17) was retired by Holy Cross on November 16, 2008. Cousy was a three-time All-American during his collegiate career.
50In 1996, Cousy was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History as part of the league's 50th Anniversary celebration. Cousy was named to similar anniversary teams celebrating the 25th and 35th anniversaries of the NBA.
6,955Cousy finished his NBA career with 6,955 career assists, which ranks 15th all-time in NBA history. His career average of 7.5 assists ranks 18th all-time. Only 10 of this assists came outside of a Celtics uniform. Cousy's 6,945 assists remains the top mark in Celtics history.
16,960While primarily known for his playmaking skills, Cousy scored nearly 17,000 points during his NBA career. His 16,960 points ranks 82nd all-time in NBA history.