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Friday, October 13, 2006

Satch Sanders: Unsung Celtic Hero

Tom "Satch" Sanders entered the NBA nearly a decade before the league began selecting All-Defensive Teams, but he deserves to be considered one of the premier defensive forwards of his time. Here is a link to my HoopsHype.com article about Sanders:

Satch Sanders: Unsung Celtic Hero

posted by David Friedman @ 12:38 AM


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At Saturday, October 14, 2006 7:23:00 AM, Blogger vednam said...

Nice article. I really like reading about some of the older, more "unsung" players.

I think Sam Jones should get more credit than he usually does. If anyone he was the go-to guy on most of those Celtic teams.

Just wondering, but how would you compare Sam Jones to Hal Greer? Is there a general consensus among basketball experts on who the "better" player was?

At Saturday, October 14, 2006 7:02:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

That is a really interesting question. I'm not sure that there is a general consensus about Greer vs. Jones because the tendency is to overlook both players in favor of examining the Robertson vs. West matchup.

Neither Greer nor Jones ever made the All-NBA First Team, largely because Robertson and West had a lock on those spots. Of course, Jones has a big edge in championships (10-1). Both were good clutch performers, although Jones probably had more clutch opportunities (more NBA Finals appearances and an amazing career record in game sevens). On the other hand, Greer's career numbers are a little better (19.2 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg vs. 17.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 apg). Their shooting percentages are almost identical (.452 FG% and .801 FT% for Greer, .456 FG% and .803 FT% for Jones). Greer had the longer career and earned more All-NBA Second Team selections (7-3) and All-Star selections (10-5). When each was at his best they look pretty even but if you are judging on the basis of the total body of work, then Greer's numbers (stats/honors) are a little better. Both are Hall of Famers and both made the 50 Greatest Players list.


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