'Original sixth man' Frank Ramsey dies at 86

NBA.com Global on Jul 09, 2018 07:20 AM
'Original sixth man' Frank Ramsey dies at 86
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Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey, who was known as “the original sixth man” when he played for the Boston Celtics, died on Sunday morning (Sunday, PHL time), a few days before his 87th birthday.

His death was confirmed by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Ramsey was drafted fifth overall by the Celtics in 1953 and played his entire nine-year NBA career in Boston. He won seven championships alongside greats like Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, and John Havlicek. His 8,378 career points rank 16th all-time for the Celtics, who retired his No. 23 jersey.

Ramsey was a member of the University of Kentucky’s 1951 national title teams and the undefeated 1953-54 team. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981.

While with the Celtics, Ramsey averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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