Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey, who was known as “the original sixth man” when he played for the Boston Celtics, died on Sunday morning, 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.