If you were an NBA fan back in the 70s (like I was) you certainly remember Jo Jo White. He was a mainstay of those Celtics teams in the 70s, providing steady guard play for a couple of championship Boston teams. White died on Tuesday at the age of 71.
White was a Hall of Famer, member of the USA gold medal winning hoops team in 1968, and an NBA Finals MVP in 1976.
Here are a handful of stats/facts you may not know about Jo Jo White.
- White still holds the Celtics team record for most consecutive games played, 488.
- Not only was he drafted by the Celtics in the NBA, but White was also drafted in two other sports: the NFL by the Dallas Cowboys, and MLB by the Cincinnati Reds. If you add in that he was also drafted into the U.S. military, that’s four very high-profile organizations that drafted White. How many athletes can say that?
- White is one of 79 players in league history to play in all 82 games in a season five times. In fact, White played in 82 games each season in five straight years.
- He averaged 35.8 minutes played per game in his career. That ranks 49th all-time in the league (according to Pro Basketball Reference.com, Wilt Chamberlain tops this category averaging 45.8 minutes per game for a career). White is one of 80 players in NBA history to average 35 or more minutes per game for a career.
- White played collegiately at the University of Kansas. He ranks third on the list for most points scored in the NBA by a player who played at the University of Kansas. Chamberlain is number one on the list followed by another UK alum who played for the Celtics, Paul Pierce.
- White played in seven straight NBA All-Star Games from 1971-77.
- White was a first team All-NBA Rookie selection in 1969-70. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a unanimous choice as Rookie of the Year that season.
- White was very consistent in his scoring throughout his career… he averaged 17.3 points for his career, 17.0 in home games, 17.5 in road games, and 17.8 at neutral site games.
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