50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time

49. Dave Cowens

Team(s): Boston Celtics/Milwaukee Bucks
Career averages: 17.6 PPG, 13.6 RPG, 3.8 APG
Individual Accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 1x MVP, 8x All-Star, 3x All-NBA, 3x All-Defensive 

Among all-time great Celtics, Cowens doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough. ‘Big Red’ won two titles for the Celts, operating as the team’s primary center despite standing at just 6-foot-9. One of the original “small ball” centers, Cowens used his quick feet and passing ability to frustrate opposing defenders.

Immensely skilled, Cowens operated as the team’s quarterback. Iconic head coach Red Auerbach ran Boston’s offense through its center. He became a fan favorite due to his relentless work ethic as he helped lead the Celtics to two titles in the post-Russell era.

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