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Irish Coffee: Uno-Uno and Celtics number 11′s
Posted By Ben Rohrbach On November 11, 2011 @ 1:00 pm In General | No Comments
It’s 11-11-11, and it’s Day No. 134 of the NBA lockout. Hence, the analysis of the No. 11 as it relates to Celtics.
The results aren’t good. Since 1946, there have been 23 seasons when nobody wore No. 11 for the Celtics — and they won 10 titles in those years. While 22 players have worn the No. 11 for the Celtics, no one ever made an NBA All-Star Game in that uniform. Dana Barros did participate in a 3-point contest, but lost in the first round.
The most significant player ever to wear No. 11 for the Celtics is Chuck Cooper, who became the first African-American drafted by an NBA team when the C’s took him in the second round with the 12th overall pick in 1950.
The best player to ever wear No. 11 for the Celtics has to be Bob McAdoo, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee who played just 20 games in green after C’s owner John Brown pulled the trigger on a deal that sent Tom Barker and three first-round picks to the Knicks. McAdoo, general manager Red Auerbach and player-coach Dave Cowens all learned of the trade in a newspaper, the ensuing resentment killed the 1978-79 season and they traded McAdoo to the Pistons for M.L. Carr and a pair of first-round picks in the 1980 NBA draft that eventually turned into Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. And the rest is history.
But which player enjoyed the best career in a No. 11 Celtics uniform? Let’s take a look at the 22 candidates.
Considering he’s one of only five of these players to win a title while wearing No. 11, an argument could be made that Big Baby has enjoyed the best Celtics career of anybody to don the number. I’d only take two guys ahead of him: 1) Charlie Scott and 2) Dana Barros.
The first balck scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina, Scott represented the Suns in three straight All-Star Games from 1973-75 before averaging 17.6 points for the 1975-76 NBA champion Celtics.
Joining the Celtics after a 1995 NBA All-Star and Most Improved Player campaign, Barros wore No. 11 for five seasons in Boston and shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free-throw line in each of them. He set an NBA record by making at least one 3-pointer in 89 straight games from 1994-96.
Now that that’s settled, let’s take a look at some significant No. 11′s in Celtics history.
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