Former Celtic great Dennis Johnson, who helped Boston to two NBA titles, has been elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame, according to a source close to the Hall. The announcement will come Monday at 11 a.m. from Indianapolis and Johnson will be amongst those tabbed.
Johnson, who passed away in February 2007, played 14 seasons in the NBA, four with the Seattle SuperSonics, three with the Phoenix Suns and the final seven with the Celtics. He was the team’s point guard and floor leader during the glory years. Johnson played in five All-Star Games, was the 1978-79 NBA Finals MVP and a seven-time first-team All NBA defensive selection.
Johnson had been passed up for years but support soared for his election following his sudden death at age 52 from a heart attack. Johnson had his number 3 retired by the Celtics and was considered one of the top guards of his era.