John Havlicek

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Basketball player
John Havlicek
John Havliceck, Boston Celtics, 1960s.jpg
Player information
Full name John Joseph Havlicek
birthday April 8, 1940
place of birth Martins Ferry , Ohio , United States
date of death April 25, 2019 at the age of 79
Place of death Jupiter , Florida , United States
size 196 cm
Weight 92 kg
position Small Forward / Shooting Guard
college Ohio State
NBA draft 1962, 7th pick, Boston Celtics
Jersey number 17th
Clubs as active
1962–1978 Boston Celtics United StatesUnited States

John Joseph Havlicek (born April 8, 1940 in Martins Ferry , Ohio - † April 25, 2019 in Jupiter , Florida ), called Hondo , was an American basketball player . He played for the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA) between 1962 and 1978 and was, among other things, 8 × NBA champion and 13 × NBA all-star . In 1984 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


Born the son of Czechoslovak immigrants in Ohio, he became a star in three sports during high school : basketball, baseball, and American football . In 1958 he accepted an athletic scholarship from Ohio State University and focused on basketball. At the side of the exceptional player Jerry Lucas Havlicek won the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship in 1960 , the following years they reached the finals twice. Then Havlicek moved to the NBA.

The Boston Celtics selected Havlicek in the first round of the 1962 NBA draft in seventh place. With the team Havlicek won six championships in the following six years, although he initially played a minor role alongside the stars of the Celtics, Bill Russell and Bob Cousy .

Russell ended his career in 1969 and Havlicek became the most important man on the team. It took a few years before championships could be celebrated again. Only in 1974 and then in 1976 Havlicek won his seventh and eighth championships. For his performance in the 1974 final series, he was awarded the NBA Finals MVP Award .

In 1978 Havlicek ended his career as the best thrower in the history of the Celtics club: in 1,270 games he scored 26,395 points, making him 16th among the best shooters in NBA history in 2019 . There are also 8,007 rebounds and 6,114 assists . He was elected 4 times for the All-NBA first team (1971–1974) and 7 times for the second team (1964, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1976). Between 1966 and 1978 he was invited to the All-Star Game for 13 years in a row . On April 30, 1984, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . He is also on the list of the 50 best NBA players of all time .

John Havlicek died in 2019 at the age of 79. He suffered from Parkinson's disease .


NBA Champion (8 ×): 1963–1966, 1968, 1969, 1974 and 1976

See also

Web links

Commons : John Havlicek  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Celtics legend John Havlicek dies at 79. In: The Japan Times , April 26, 2019, accessed April 26, 2019 .
  2. a b The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame :: John Havlicek. In: Retrieved May 4, 2020 .