Northwest Division: The Sam Jones Trophy: As a veteran of the Boston Celtics from 1957 through 1969, Jones, a North Carolina Central College alumnus, has achieved more championships than just about all of the other HBCU alumni who Pacific Division: The Chuck Cooper Trophy: Cooper was the first African-American pioneer to be recruited in the NBA, being chosen 14th overall in the 1950 draft. He completed six nba championships with the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, and Detroit Pistons after serving in the Navy. participated in the NBA. He had been a five-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA performer, and a representative of the NBA's 25th, 50th, and 75th Century Teams. Jones earned the moniker "The Shooter" for his capacity to develop game-winning touchdowns. Throughout a critical period in the 1960s, he advocated for African-American equality in the organization and across the nation.