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2011 SoB Hall of Fame Inductee | Larry Bird

Larry Bird (Jerry Wachter / Getty Images)

In 2009, it was the Red Sox’ turn. Next year, it was the Bruins. This time around, it’s the Boston Celtics’ turn to send an athlete to the SoB Hall of Fame. That athlete is none other than the man himself, Larry Bird.

In 13 glorious seasons, Bird won three championship rings. During the run between two titles in 1984-1986, Bird won both Finals MVPs and all three league MVPs. He has an All-Star MVP and a coach of the year among multiple other awards to back up his career, not that he needs it. He nearly averaged a career triple-double, coming up a few assists per game short. All this was in a whopping 38.4 minutes per game, making Bird a real iron man, back problems aside.

Regular Season Stats

Season Games Games Started Field Goal
Percentage
Three-point
Percentage
Free Throw
Percentage
Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Points
1979-1980 82 82 .474 .406 .836 852 370 143 53 1745
1980-1981 82 82 .478 .270 .863 895 451 161 63 1741
1981-1982 77 58 .503 .212 .863 837 447 143 66 1761
1982-1983 79 79 .504 .286 .840 870 458 148 71 1867
1983-1984 79 77 .492 .247 .888 796 520 144 69 1908
1984-1985 80 77 .522 .427 .882 842 531 129 98 2295
1985-1986 82 81 .496 .423 .896 805 557 166 51 2115
1986-1987 74 73 .525 .400 .910 682 566 135 70 2076
1987-1988 76 75 .527 .414 .916 703 467 125 57 2275
1988-1989 6 6 .471 —- .947 37 29 6 5 116
1989-1990 75 75 .473 .333 .930 712 562 106 61 1820
1990-1991 60 60 .454 .389 .891 509 431 108 58 1164
1991-1992 45 45 .466 .406 .926 434 306 42 33 908
Career 897 870 .496 .376 .886 8974 5695 1556 755 21791

Playoff Stats

Season Games Field Goal
Percentage
Three-point
Percentage
Free Throw
Percentage
Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks Points
1979-1980 9 .469 .267 .880 101 42 14 8 192
1980-1981 17 .470 .375 .894 238 103 39 17 373
1981-1982 12 .427 .167 .822 150 67 23 17 214
1982-1983 6 .422 .250 .828 75 41 13 3 123
1983-1984 23 .524 .412 .879 252 136 54 27 632
1984-1985 20 .461 .280 .890 182 115 34 19 520
1985-1986 18 .517 .411 .927 168 148 37 11 466
1986-1987 23 .476 .341 .912 231 165 27 19 622
1987-1988 17 .450 .375 .894 150 115 36 14 417
1989-1990 5 .444 .263 .906 46 44 5 5 122
1990-1991 10 .408 .143 .863 72 65 13 3 171
1991-1992 4 .500 .000 .750 18 21 1 2 45
Career 164 .472 .321 .890 1683 1062 296 145 3897

Testimonials:

Not only did Larry Bird help the Celtics end a brief five-year championship drought, but he and Magic Johnson revitalized an NBA that was on the brink of collapse. The 50s and 60s were all about baseball, the 70s and 90s and 2000s all about football, but the 80s were all basketball. No one better represents that golden age than the most clutch shooter in Celtics history. – Matt G

Larry Bird. Guy couldn’t jump, couldn’t run, but boy could he shoot. All he did was win. – Aryeh

Runner-Up: Carl Yastrzemski and Cam Neely

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One comment for “2011 SoB Hall of Fame Inductee | Larry Bird”

  1. My pick would have been Russell.

    Posted by Lou From Accounting | January 1, 2012, 3:05 pm

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