|Full name||David William Cowens|
|birthday||25th October 1948 (age 71)|
|place of birth||Newport, Kentucky , United States|
|NBA draft||1970, 4th pick , Boston Celtics|
|Clubs as active|
|1970–1980 Boston Celtics 1982–1983 Milwaukee Bucks
|Clubs as coaches|
|1978–1979 Boston Celtics 1984–1985 Bay City Bombardiers ( CBA ) 1996–1999 Charlotte Hornets
David William "Dave" Cowens (born October 25, 1948 in Newport , Kentucky ), nicknamed Big Red , is a retired American basketball player . Between 1970 and 1980 he played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics . In the 1982/83 season he ran again in 40 games for the Milwaukee Bucks .
Cowens was named Rookie of the Year in 1971 and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team . He was nominated for the NBA All-Star Game a total of seven times during his career . In 1973, Dave Cowens was elected Regular Season MVP . He was the third Celtics player to win this award after Bob Cousy and Bill Russell . In the same year he was also elected MVP of the All-Star Games . 1976 Cowens was appointed to the All-Defensive First Team . Along with John Havlicek and Jo Jo White , he was the most important player in the Celtics in the 1970s. Cowens won the championship with his team in 1974 and 1976.
Cowens also worked as a coach; first as a player- coach for the Celtics (1978-1979), then as head coach for the Bay City Bombardiers from the CBA (1984-1985), as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs (1994-1996) and again as head coach, this time for Charlotte Hornets (1996-1999).
On May 27, 2005, Cowens was named head coach and general manager of Chicago Sky in the WNBA . He was also the first coach in franchise history. However, he left the organization after the 2006 season to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons , where he worked as an assistant coach until 2009.
In 1991, Cowens was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .
- Dave Cowens - player profile on NBA.com
- Dave Cowens - player profile on basketball-reference.com
- Dave Cowens in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on hoopshall.com
- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: Dave Cowens. In: hoophall.com. Retrieved May 25, 2020 (English).
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Cowens, David William; Big Red (nickname)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player and coach|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 25, 1948|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Newport , Kentucky|