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Former Celtic, 5-Time NBA Champion Larry Siegfried Passes Away

The Associated Press is reporting that former Celtic and five time NBA Champion Larry Siegfried has died at age 71 after suffering a heart attack earlier in the month.

Siegfried was the third overall pick in the 1961 NBA draft, but chose to play in the American Basketball League instead. After the ABL collapsed, Siegfried joined the Boston Celtics, playing on five championship teams in seven years.

Siegfried's most productive years came from 1965-1970, averaging double digit scoring while playing alongside Hall of Famers such as Bill Russell and John Havlicek (who he also played alongside on the Ohio State Buckeyes) . He led the league in free throw shooting in the '65-'66 and '68-'69 seasons, and was also known for his strong defense.