For those that don't realize how good Jones was, here's a little context:
His career record in Game 7's is 9-0 and 10-0 if decisive Game 5's are included.
His career averages in those decisive games when he was a starter: 30.1 ppg!!
His career average removing the years he backed up Sharman, 20 ppg
The lieutenant of about 4 title teams
Here are some of his greatest games, all of which Boston won
'62 Wilt's Warriors Game 7 (27 points, game-winner with 2 seconds left and Celts down 1)
'62 Baylor/West's Lakers do-or-die Game 6 on the road (35 points)
'62 Baylor/West's Lakers Game 7 (27 points, 5 in OT)
'63 Oscar's Royals Game 7 (47 points vs 43 for Oscar)
'65 Wilt's Sixers Game 7 (37 points, same game where Hondo makes the famous steal!)
'65 Oscar's Royals deciding Game 5 (34 points)
'66 Baylor/West's Lakers Game 7 (22 points)
'68 Wilt's Sixers must-win Game 5 on the road (37 points)
'68 Wilt's Sixers Game 7 on the road (23 points)
'69 Baylor/West/Wilt's Lakers must-win Game 4 (hits game-winning shot with Celts down 1)
'69 Baylor/West/Wilt's Lakers Game 7 on the road (24 points)
They didn't call this guy Mr. Game 7 for nothing!
Here is what Bill Russell had to say about Sam Jones many years later:
I will gladly take this career over a selfish hothead that quits on his team, and gets into fights with Mitch Kupchak during a title run