Dave Cowens is a Hall-of-Fame center who won two NBA championships and an MVP award over his 11-season career, 10 of which spent with the Boston Celtics.
Cowens never played with flash, but his consistency, versatility and hustle earned him a reputation as one of the most respected centers of his time and helped resurrect a Celtics franchise that was expected to fall from its perch atop the league after Bill Russell’s retirement.
He was also one of only four players to lead his team in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals) in one season in 1977-78.
After retiring, Cowens had head-coaching stints with the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors, compiling a 161-191 record. He also coached the WNBA’s Chicago Sky in its inaugural season in 2006.
As a player, Cowens was a seven-time All-Star, winning its MVP award in 1973, and an All-Defense first team selection in 1976. He was also named one of the NBA’s Greatest Players in NBA History.