By Sharon Otter
For his career, Jones averaged 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Jones was known as one of the NBA’s best defenders during his career. His backcourt defense was the complement to Russell’s frontcourt dominance both in college and the NBA.
Following his playing career, Jones was the head coach of the Capital, then Washington, Bullets. He led the Bullets to the NBA Finals in 1975.
Sad news on this Christmas: Celtics legend KC Jones has died. Jones, a college teammate of Bill Russell at the University of San Francisco, where they won two NCAA titles, won 12 NBA championships — 11 with Boston: eight as a player, one as an assistant and two as a head coach.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) December 25, 2020