Former Wahoo Sam Hauser Wins NBA Championship With Boston Celtics

Hauser became the sixth former Virginia men's basketball player to win an NBA title
Boston Celtics forward Sam Hauser holds the ball during game three of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center.
Boston Celtics forward Sam Hauser holds the ball during game three of the 2024 NBA Finals at American Airlines Center. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Sam Hauser is an NBA Champion.

The former Virginia men's basketball star knocked down a couple of threes and recorded eight points, four rebounds, and an assist to help the Boston Celtics defeat the Dallas Mavericks 106-88 in game 5 on Monday night at TD Garden to capture their record 18th NBA Championship.

Hauser became the sixth former UVA men's basketball player to win an NBA Championship, joining these players:

Wally Walker: 1977 Portland Trail Blazers, 1979 Seattle SuperSonics
Marc Iavaroni: 1983 Philadelphia 76ers
Rick Carlisle: 1986 Boston Celtics (2011 Dallas Mavericks as head coach)
Jeff Lamp: 1988 Los Angeles Lakers
Mamadi Diakite: 2021 Milwaukee Bucks
Sam Hauser: 2024 Boston Celtics

In his third season in the NBA, Hauser averaged 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game, all career-highs, and shot 42.4% from three on nearly six attempts per game. He played in 79 of the 82 regular season games, including 13 starts. One of those regular season games was particularly memorable, as Hauser hit 10 threes on just 13 field goal attempts in a blowout win over the Wizards in mid-March, becoming the first player in NBA history to make 10 threes while playing fewer than 24 minutes.

Hauser played in every playoff game and scored in double figures three times, including a 17-point game in Boston's series-clinching game 5 win over Miami in the first round and a 14-point showing in game 4 of the NBA Finals in Dallas.

A member of the final class of collegiate transfers who had to sit out a year after transferring under the old NCAA rules, Hauser transferred to UVA from Marquette in 2019, but only played one season as Cavalier. In that one year, Hauser led the ACC in three-point shooting and earned an All-ACC First Team selection, leading the Cavaliers to an ACC regular season title. He then signed with the Celtics as an undrafted free agent in 2021.

Three years later, Sam Hauser is an NBA Champion.

Matt Newton


Managing Editor and Publisher, CavaliersNow Email: mattnewton@virginia.eduTwitter: @mattynewtssWebsite | LinkedInΒ | Instagram Matt Newton is the managing editor and publisher at CavaliersNow. He has been covering UVA athletics since 2019 andΒ has been the managing editor at CavaliersNow since launching the site in August 2021. Matt covers all things UVA sports, including Virginia basketball and football news and recruiting, former Wahoos in the pros, and coverage of all 23 of the NCAA Division I sports teams at the University of Virginia. A native of Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Matt grew up a huge Philadelphia sports fan, but has also been a UVA sports fanatic his entire life thanks to his parents, who are alums of the University of Virginia. Matt followed in his parents' footsteps and attended UVA from 2017-2021, graduating with a degree in Media Studies and a minor in Economics in May of 2021.Β