1968–69 Boston Celtics season

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1968–69 Boston Celtics season
NBA Champions
Head coach Bill Russell
General manager Red Auerbach
Arena Boston Garden
Results
Record 48–34 (.585)
Place Division: 4th (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4-3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WKBG
Radio WHDH
< 1967–68 1969–70 >

The 1968–69 Boston Celtics season was their 23rd season of the Boston Celtics in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Draft picks[edit]

This table only displays picks through the second round.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 12 Don Chaney SG  United States Houston

Roster[edit]

Boston Celtics 1968–69 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
C 28 United States Barnes, Jim 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Texas–El Paso
PG 7 United States Bryant, Em 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) DePaul
SG 12 United States Chaney, Don 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Houston
PG 11 United States Graham, Mal 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) New York
G/F 17 United States Havlicek, John 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Ohio State
SF 18 United States Howell, Bailey 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Mississippi State
C 26 United States Johnson, Rich 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Grambling State University
SG 24 United States Jones, Sam 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 198 lb (90 kg) North Carolina Central
F 19 United States Nelson, Don 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Iowa
PF 29 United States Olsen, Bud 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Louisville
C 6 United States Russell, Bill 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) San Francisco
SF 16 United States Sanders, Satch 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) New York
C/G 20 United States Siegfried, Larry 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Ohio State
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Division W L PCT GB Home Road Neutral Div
x-Baltimore Bullets 57 25 .695 29–9 24–15 4–1 26–14
x-Philadelphia 76ers 55 27 .671 2 26–8 24–16 5–3 23–17
x-New York Knicks 54 28 .659 3 30–7 19–20 5–1 26–14
x-Boston Celtics 48 34 .585 9 24–12 21–19 3–3 23–17
Cincinnati Royals 41 41 .500 16 15-13 16–21 10–7 20–20
Detroit Pistons 32 50 .390 25 21–17 7–30 4–3 13–27
Milwaukee Bucks 27 55 .329 30 15–19 8–27 4–9 7–29

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1968-69 NBA Records
Team ATL BAL BOS CHI CIN DET LAL MIL NYK PHI PHO SDR SFW SEA
Atlanta 2–4 3–3 6–1 4–2 6–0 3–4 4–2 2–4 1–5 6–0 3–4 4–3 4–2
Baltimore 4–2 5–2 6–0 4–3 7–0 3–3 5–1 3–4 2–4 6–0 5–1 3–3 4–2
Boston 3–3 2–5 4–2 5–2 5–1 2–4 5–1 1–6 5–2 6–0 4–2 3–3 3–3
Chicago 1–6 0–6 2–4 1–5 3–3 3–4 5–1 2–4 1–5 4–2 3–3 4–3 4–3
Cincinnati 2–4 3–4 2–5 5–1 3–4 2–4 5–1 4–2 3–4 4–2 2–4 3–3 3–3
Detroit 0–6 0–7 1–5 3–3 4–3 3–3 2–4 3–4 3–4 4–2 3–3 2–4 4–2
Los Angeles 4–3 3–3 4–2 4–3 4–2 3–3 5–1 5–1 1–5 6–0 7–0 4–3 5–1
Milwaukee 2–4 1–5 1–5 1–5 1–5 4–2 1–5 0–6 0–6 6–2 4–2 3–3 3–5
New York 4–2 4–3 6–1 4–2 2–4 4–3 1–5 6–0 4–3 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–0
Philadelphia 5–1 4–2 2–5 5–1 4–3 4–3 5–1 6–0 3–4 5–1 4–2 2–4 6–0
Phoenix 0–6 0–6 0–6 2–4 2–4 2–4 0–6 2–6 1–5 1–5 1–7 2–4 3–3
San Diego 4–3 1–5 2–4 3–3 4–2 3–3 0–7 2–4 3–3 2–4 7–1 3–3 3–3
San Francisco 3–4 3–3 3–3 3–4 3–3 4–2 3–4 3–3 1–5 4–2 4–2 3–3 4–3
Seattle 2–4 2–4 3–3 3–4 3–3 2–4 1–5 5–3 0–6 0–6 3–3 3–3 3–4

Playoffs[edit]

East Division Semifinals[edit]

(2) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (4) Boston Celtics: Celtics win series 4–1

  • Game 1 @ Philadelphia: Boston 114, Philadelphia 100
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 134, Philadelphia 103
  • Game 3 @ Philadelphia: Boston 125, Philadelphia 118
  • Game 4 @ Boston: Philadelphia 119, Boston 116
  • Game 5 @ Philadelphia: Boston 93, Philadelphia 90

East Division Finals[edit]

(3) New York Knicks vs. (4) Boston Celtics: Celtics win series 4–2

  • Game 1 @ New York: Boston 108, New York 100
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Boston 112, New York 97
  • Game 3 @ New York: New York 101, Boston 91
  • Game 4 @ Boston: Boston 97, New York 96
  • Game 5 @ New York: New York 112, Boston 104
  • Game 6 @ Boston: Boston 106, New York 105

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 April 23 Los Angeles 120–118 Boston
Game 2 April 25 Los Angeles 118–112 Boston
Game 3 April 27 Boston 111–105 Los Angeles
Game 4 April 29 Boston 89–88 Los Angeles
Game 5 May 1 Los Angeles 117–104 Boston
Game 6 May 3 Boston 99–90 Los Angeles
Game 7 May 5 Los Angeles 106–108 Boston

Celtics win series 4–3

Awards, records and milestones[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]