Congrats to one of the greatest Celtics in team history Sam Jones. The North Carolina Central University alumnus had his jersey number retired last night.

Jones played at NCCU from 1951-54 and 1956-57. He remains the university's second-leading scorer with 1,745 points in four seasons.

Jones' 12-year career with Boston included 10 NBA Championships, five All-Star game appearances, and three All-NBA Second Team selections.

Jones was nicknamed “Mr. Clutch” and scored 15,411 points (17.7 points per game), 4,305 rebounds, 2,209 assists in 871 games.

You can view a quick video of the ceremony here. Kind of crazy that they hadn't retired his number already. Even as someone who isn't a fan of the Celtics being so liberal with their jersey number retirements, this caught me by surprise. It would be like the Celtics never honoring Bill Russell. Anyway, congrats again to Mr. Clutch. From all accounts, not only was Jones an amazing basketball player, but a solid man as well.

Related: Video: Happy Birthday Sam Jones!
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