Tom Heinsohn

American basketball player and coach (1934–2020)

Thomas William Heinsohn (August 26, 1934 – November 10, 2020) was an American professional basketball player. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He has worked with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 60 years as a player, coach and broadcaster.[1] He played for the Celtics from 1956 to 1965, and also coached the team from 1969 to 1978.[2]

Tommy Heinsohn
Heinsohn at the 2008 championship parade for the Boston Celtics
Personal information
Born(1934-08-26)August 26, 1934
Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedNovember 10, 2020(2020-11-10) (aged 86)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High schoolSaint Michael's
(Union City, New Jersey)
CollegeHoly Cross (1953–1956)
NBA draft1956 / Pick: Territorial Pick
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career1956–1965
PositionPower forward
Career history
As player:
19561965Boston Celtics
As coach:
19691978Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points12,194 (18.6 ppg)
Rebounds5,749 (8.8 rpg)
Assists1,318 (2.0 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Basketball Hall of Fame as coach
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Heinsohn was added to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: one for his playing career in 1986 and a second for his coaching career in 2015.[3]

Heinsohn died on November 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts at the age of 86.[4]


  1. Jason Gay 2016. "Tommy Heinsohn Is Forever Celtic Green," Wall Street Journal, April 10, p. D10.
  2. Forsberg, Chris (February 14, 2015). "Tommy pointed to Hall again as coach". ESPN. Retrieved 2015-12-11.
  3. "Five Direct-Elect Members Announced for the Class of 2015 by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame" (Press release). Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. February 14, 2015. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  4. "Celtics legend Tom Heinsohn, champion as player and coach, dies at 86". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 10 November 2020.

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