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Dave Cowens (26/19/4) 1976 NBA Finals Game 5 Highlights
Dave Cowens (26/19/4) 1976 NBA Finals Game 5 Highlights
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Legend's Court
Dave Cowens Still Has It
Dave Cowens Still Has It
Published: 2016/02/04
Channel: crumpty65
Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens
Published: 2008/05/06
Channel: initialdma710
Legends With Leyden: Former Celtic Dave Cowens
Legends With Leyden: Former Celtic Dave Cowens
Published: 2015/08/02
Channel: FOX25 News
David W. "Dave" Cowens
David W. "Dave" Cowens' Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech
Published: 2012/04/24
Channel: OfficialHoophall
Dave Cowens, Wes Unseld 16pts/27reb/2a/6blks (1972 NBA ASG Full Highlights)
Dave Cowens, Wes Unseld 16pts/27reb/2a/6blks (1972 NBA ASG Full Highlights)
Published: 2015/02/28
Channel: Wilt Chamberlain Archive
NBA at 50: Dave Cowens (Biography)
NBA at 50: Dave Cowens (Biography)
Published: 2007/12/30
Channel: Scott J
Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens
Published: 2008/05/06
Channel: initialdma710
11/29 Putnam Celtics Daily: Dave Cowens, The Tradition
11/29 Putnam Celtics Daily: Dave Cowens, The Tradition
Published: 2017/11/29
Channel: bostonceltics
Catching up with Dave Cowens
Catching up with Dave Cowens
Published: 2011/08/07
Channel: bostonceltics
1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 7
1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 7
Published: 2008/05/09
Channel: ginoongkamote
# 06 Spike TV Greatest Moments in NBA History
# 06 Spike TV Greatest Moments in NBA History
Published: 2008/08/15
Channel: ginoongkamote
NBA Hustle Collection
NBA Hustle Collection '80-'90 (Larry Bird Michael Jordan John Starks Dennis Rodman Dave Cowens)
Published: 2015/02/16
Channel: kobrakahn83
DIAMOND DAVE COWENS THE GOAT|  NBA 2K17 MY TEAM ALL-TIME BOSTON CELTICS LINEUP GONE WRONG!
DIAMOND DAVE COWENS THE GOAT| NBA 2K17 MY TEAM ALL-TIME BOSTON CELTICS LINEUP GONE WRONG!
Published: 2017/01/13
Channel: Uncle Sams Reject
1976: Three Overtime Championship Game
1976: Three Overtime Championship Game
Published: 2013/02/17
Channel: OldSchoolChristners
Dave Cowens on Manhood
Dave Cowens on Manhood
Published: 2014/04/05
Channel: The Good Men Project
Miller Lite Commercial w/ Bob Lanier & Dave Cowens 1980
Miller Lite Commercial w/ Bob Lanier & Dave Cowens 1980's
Published: 2013/08/15
Channel: balldlocks
Dave Cowens NBA
Dave Cowens NBA
Published: 2014/11/13
Channel: JM Rg
1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 6
1974 NBA Finals: Boston vs Milwaukee Game 6
Published: 2008/05/09
Channel: ginoongkamote
B.S Report - Chris Paul & Dave Cowens (2012.02.25)
B.S Report - Chris Paul & Dave Cowens (2012.02.25)
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Sill Bimmons
DAVE COWENS IS A BEAST!!! NBA 2K17 Gameplay!
DAVE COWENS IS A BEAST!!! NBA 2K17 Gameplay!
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: JHartnett123
Dave Cowens on Manhood
Dave Cowens on Manhood
Published: 2010/07/05
Channel: Thomas Matlack
Dave Cowens.wmv
Dave Cowens.wmv
Published: 2011/04/18
Channel: David Spada
dave cowens ejection
dave cowens ejection
Published: 2013/07/24
Channel: whiteGlassTube
dave cowens dunk
dave cowens dunk
Published: 2013/07/24
Channel: whiteGlassTube
Dave Cowen on Manhood
Dave Cowen on Manhood
Published: 2010/02/13
Channel: Thomas Matlack
Dave Cowens Interview
Dave Cowens Interview
Published: 2013/12/03
Channel: norwaysavings
Miller Lite, 1986 03 29, Dave Cowens, Bob Lanier
Miller Lite, 1986 03 29, Dave Cowens, Bob Lanier
Published: 2011/05/17
Channel: OldTimeSportsFan
Nite Show Highlight: Dave Cowens Plays Ladder Basketball
Nite Show Highlight: Dave Cowens Plays Ladder Basketball
Published: 2017/10/16
Channel: TheNiteShowMaine
Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens
Published: 2016/12/27
Channel: NBRPA
NBA Playgrounds Dave Cowens Signature Move
NBA Playgrounds Dave Cowens Signature Move
Published: 2017/10/10
Channel: Muaz Ibarhim
Dave Cowens for three!
Dave Cowens for three!
Published: 2016/08/18
Channel: Jay Moore
1974 Milwaukee/Jabbar
1974 Milwaukee/Jabbar
Published: 2013/02/17
Channel: OldSchoolChristners
Dave Cowens-Hornets
Dave Cowens-Hornets
Published: 2013/12/04
Channel: murasakisuzumebachi
Dave Cowens on the importance of sportsmanship
Dave Cowens on the importance of sportsmanship
Published: 2014/11/17
Channel: norwaysavings
Jason Varitek, Willie McGinest, Dave Cowens And Rick Middleton Honored At The Tradition
Jason Varitek, Willie McGinest, Dave Cowens And Rick Middleton Honored At The Tradition
Published: 2017/11/29
Channel: NESN
Dave Cowens gets the dunk then blocks Dikembe Mutumbo!
Dave Cowens gets the dunk then blocks Dikembe Mutumbo!
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Robert Hicks
Boston Celtics Dave Cowens in Braintree, Massachusetts Signing Autographs From April 1994
Boston Celtics Dave Cowens in Braintree, Massachusetts Signing Autographs From April 1994
Published: 2016/04/04
Channel: Jazzy Bill
1986 - Dave Cowens & Bob Lanier Beer Commercial
1986 - Dave Cowens & Bob Lanier Beer Commercial
Published: 2017/11/30
Channel: TheClassicSports
1976 NBA Finals Game 6 - Dave Cowens Power Hook Shots-lg
1976 NBA Finals Game 6 - Dave Cowens Power Hook Shots-lg
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: Rich Whelan
Dave Cowens
Dave Cowens' Birthday
Published: 2017/10/22
Channel: Rick Barter
Chicago Sky Coach Dave Cowens.asf
Chicago Sky Coach Dave Cowens.asf
Published: 2011/02/23
Channel: FanBubba
Celtics Historic Collection Complete: Diamond Dave Cowens Reward (NBA 2K17: MyTeam)
Celtics Historic Collection Complete: Diamond Dave Cowens Reward (NBA 2K17: MyTeam)
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: DrJay24Gaming
NBA 2K17 MyTeam Blacktop - Diamond Dave Cowens!!!
NBA 2K17 MyTeam Blacktop - Diamond Dave Cowens!!!
Published: 2016/12/04
Channel: MvP Nick
Miller Lite ad with Dave Cowens  and Bob Lanier from 1986
Miller Lite ad with Dave Cowens and Bob Lanier from 1986
Published: 2016/06/06
Channel: VintageCommercials
NBA 2K15 - Glen Rice, Bob McAdoo & Dave Cowens - Ultimate Legends Roster - Update 14
NBA 2K15 - Glen Rice, Bob McAdoo & Dave Cowens - Ultimate Legends Roster - Update 14
Published: 2015/01/11
Channel: UNIQUE MAZIQUE GAMING & SPORTS
Dave Cowens legendary Celtic signing autographs
Dave Cowens legendary Celtic signing autographs
Published: 2013/04/09
Channel: ATLscrubLove
Espectacular mate de Julius Erving sobre Dave Cowens
Espectacular mate de Julius Erving sobre Dave Cowens
Published: 2018/01/16
Channel: el guru del basket
Kerr on Zaza
Kerr on Zaza's banged up shoulder: "All of his Dave Cowens impersonations…diving…incredible plays"
Published: 2017/02/01
Channel: LetsGoWarriors
"Dave Cowens is a Frickin Hack" 2K16 My Team
"Dave Cowens is a Frickin Hack" 2K16 My Team
Published: 2016/04/08
Channel: YoungBull55
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Dave Cowens
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Cowens in 1976
Personal information
Born (1948-10-25) October 25, 1948 (age 69)
Newport, Kentucky
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Newport Catholic (Newport, Kentucky)
College Florida State (1967–1970)
NBA draft 1970 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career 1970–1980, 1982–1983
Position Center / Power forward
Number 18, 36
Career history
As player:
19701980 Boston Celtics
1982–1983 Milwaukee Bucks
As coach:
1978–1979 Boston Celtics
19941996 San Antonio Spurs (assistant)
19961999 Charlotte Hornets
20002001 Golden State Warriors
2006 Chicago Sky
20062009 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 13,516 (17.6 ppg)
Rebounds 10,444 (13.6 rpg)
Assists 2,910 (3.8 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948)[1] is an American retired professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center and occasionally the power forward position. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. Most recently he served as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons, and then as a special assistant to Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars, prior to Dumars' regime being replaced by that of Stan Van Gundy.[2]

College career[edit]

After starring in high school at Newport Catholic High in his hometown of Newport, Kentucky, Cowens played his collegiate basketball at Florida State University from 1967 to 1970. He scored 1,479 points in 78 games at Florida State, at 19.0 points per game, and ranks among Florida State's top 10 all-time scoring leaders.

He is the all-time Florida State leading rebounder with 1,340 rebounds (17.2 rebounds per game). He holds the team record for best seasonal rebound average (17.5 in the 1968–1969 season). He once grabbed 31 rebounds (second best all-time) against LSU in the 1968–69 season.

He was named The Sporting News All-America second team in 1970. His number now hangs in the rafters of the Donald L. Tucker Center.

NBA career[edit]

Despite some critics who felt Cowens was too small to play center, Cowens was selected as the fourth overall pick by the Boston Celtics during the 1970 NBA draft, largely at the recommendation of former Celtics center Bill Russell.[1] During his rookie year, Cowens averaged 17.0 points per game and 15.0 rebounds per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and shared the NBA's Rookie of the Year honors with Portland's Geoff Petrie. He also led the league in personal fouls that same year.

In 1973, Cowens averaged 20.5 ppg and 16.2 rpg while helping the Celtics to a league best 68-14 record. He was chosen the NBA MVP as well as MVP of the All-Star Game that same season. Cowens and fellow Celtic Bill Russell both have the distinction of being named MVP of the league but not being included on the All-NBA First Team that year.

Cowens retired in 1980, however, in 1982 he was coaxed out of retirement by the Milwaukee Bucks, who were then coached by his former Celtics teammate Don Nelson. The Celtics still held his rights at the time so the Bucks gave up Quinn Buckner as compensation. Cowens played for the Bucks during the 1982–83 season before retiring for good.

During his NBA career, Cowens averaged 17.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game, was selected to eight All-Star Games, was named to the All-NBA Second Team three times, and was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team in 1976 and All-NBA Defensive Second Team in 1973 and 1980. He was a member of the Celtics' 1974 and 1976 NBA Championship teams.

Cowens' playing credo was all-out intensity at both ends of the court, a style that never wavered during his 11-year NBA career.

As a testament to his all-around ability, Cowens is one of only five players (Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the others) to lead his team in all five major statistical categories for a season: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals. He accomplished the feat in the 1977–78 season.[3]

Post-NBA career[edit]

Cowens in 2005

He began his coaching career by serving as a player-coach for the Boston Celtics during the 1978–79 season, but he quit coaching after the season and returned as a full-time player before retiring in 1980. On February 8, 1981, the Celtics retired Cowens' uniform number.[4] Cowens' uniform number (#18) had previously been worn by Jim Loscutoff, who asked that the number not be retired so future Celtics could wear it.[5]

Cowens coached the Bay State Bombardiers of the Continental Basketball Association in 1984–85. He returned to the NBA coaching ranks by serving as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs in 1994–96, and became head coach of the Charlotte Hornets from 1996 to 1999 and had a brief tenure as head coach with the Golden State Warriors from 1999 to 2001 which only lasted 105 games.

In 1991, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In 1990, Cowens, a former Democrat, ran as a Republican for Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. However, because he did not register by June 5, 1989, he was unable to appear on the primary ballot.[6][7] Cowens considered running a sticker campaign for the Republican nomination, however he decided to drop out of the race.[7]

On May 25, 2005, he was named head coach of the newly formed Chicago franchise in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team, known as the Chicago Sky, began play in 2006 at the UIC Pavilion, located in the University of Illinois at Chicago. After only winning five games in the 2006 season, however, Cowens left the Sky to join the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons on September 12, 2006.

There is a street named after him in his hometown of Newport, Kentucky: "Dave Cowens Drive".

Head coaching record[edit]

NBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Boston 1978–79 68 27 41 .397 5th in Atlantic - - - Missed playoffs
Charlotte 1996–97 82 54 28 .659 4th in Central 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
Charlotte 1997–98 82 51 31 .622 3rd in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
Charlotte 1998–99 15 4 11 .267 (resigned)
Golden State 2000–01 82 17 65 .207 7th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Golden State 2001–02 23 8 15 .348 (fired)
Career 352 161 191 .457 12 4 8 .333

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Cowens won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1970–71 Boston 81 38.0 .422 .732 15.0 2.8 17.0
1971–72 Boston 79 40.3 .484 .720 15.2 3.1 18.8
1972–73 Boston 82 41.8 .452 .779 16.2 4.1 20.5
1973–74 Boston 80 41.9 .437 .832 15.7 4.4 1.2 1.3 19.0
1974–75 Boston 65 40.5 .475 .783 14.7 4.6 1.3 1.1 20.4
1975–76 Boston 78 39.8 .468 .756 16.0 4.2 1.2 0.9 19.0
1976–77 Boston 50 37.8 .434 .818 13.9 5.0 0.9 1.0 16.4
1977–78 Boston 77 41.8 .490 .842 14.0 4.6 1.3 0.9 18.6
1978–79 Boston 68 37.0 .483 .807 9.6 3.6 1.1 0.8 16.6
1979–80 Boston 66 55 32.7 .453 .083 .779 8.1 3.1 1.0 0.9 14.2
1982–83 Milwaukee 40 34 25.4 .444 .000 .825 6.9 2.1 0.8 0.4 8.1
Career 766 89 38.6 .460 .071 .783 13.6 3.8 1.1 0.9 17.6
All-Star 6 4 25.7 .500 .714 13.5 2.0 0.7 0.2 12.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1972 Boston 11 40.1 .455 .596 13.8 3.0 15.5
1973 Boston 13 46.0 .473 .659 16.6 3.7 21.9
1974 Boston 18 42.9 .435 .797 13.3 3.7 1.2 0.9 20.5
1975 Boston 11 43.5 .428 .885 16.5* 4.2 1.6 0.5 20.5
1976 Boston 18 44.3 .457 .759 16.4* 4.6 1.2 0.7 21.0
1977 Boston 9 42.1 .446 .773 14.9 4.0 0.9 1.4 16.6
1980 Boston 9 33.4 .476 .000 .909 7.3 2.3 1.0 0.8 12.0
Career 89 42.3 .451 .000 .744 14.4 3.7 1.2 0.9 18.9

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Dave Cowens". Basketball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  2. ^ "Pistons Roster". NBA.com. Retrieved 2007-01-14. 
  3. ^ 1977-78 Boston Celtics Statistics, Basketballreference.com. Retrieved July 10, 2007.
  4. ^ "Cowens's No. 18 Retired by Celtics". Associated Press. February 9, 1981. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Eskenazi, Gerald (November 18, 1991). "No. 32 Receives New Life on 76ers". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sports Extra: People". Daily News of Los Angeles. January 14, 1990. 
  7. ^ a b Lehigh, Scot (February 23, 1990). "Ex-Celtic Cowens Bows Out of GOP Race for Secretary of State". Boston Globe. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Heisler, Mark (2003). Giants: The 25 Greatest Centers of All Time. Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-577-1. 

External links[edit]

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