Career years: 1957-1969
Accolades: 10-time NBA champion (1959-1966, 1968-1969), five-time NBA All-Star (1962, 1964-1966, 1968), NBA 50th Anniversary Team, Pro Basketball Hall of Fame (1984)
Last stand: 1969 NBA Finals Game 7, May 5, 1969, The Forum, Inglewood, Calif.: Lakers 106 Celtics 108
Sam Jones, like Bill Russell, decided to leave the Celtics and the game of basketball following Boston's Game 7 win over the Lakers in the 1969 NBA Finals. Having racked up 10 NBA championships during his 12-year career, he clearly thought he had surpassed any and all career aspirations.