Don Nelson


1963-64 (#20) 80 5.2 4
1964-65 39 2.4 1.9

Forward, #20


Perhaps remembered more for playing against the Lakers than with them, he was with L.A. for two seasons (1963-64 and 1964-65) before being traded to the Boston Celtics, where he stayed until he retired in 1976. He made one of the most famous shots in playoff history when the Lakers and Celtics met during Game 7 of the 1969 NBA Finals. Boston led by one point with just over a minute to play when Nelson scored on a jump shot from the free-throw line to help secure one of his five titles with Boston. He went on to coach four NBA teams, and was selected coach of the year in 1983, 1985 and 1992. Nelson was selected one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.

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— Melissa Rohlin
Feb. 12, 2011