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This is a list of the best Boston Celtics of all time. When people think of the NBA, one of the first teams that comes to mind is the Boston Celtics. Throughout the franchise's storied history, the Celtics have had many of the greatest players of all time on its roster. The number of the game's greatest players to play in Boston is an embarrassment of riches compared to many of the league's also-rans. Bill Russell was the first great player to wear the Celtics green and white. During his tenure with the team, the Celtics won a whopping 11 championships in 13 legendary seasons. Russell is considered the best player of his generation and one of the best centers of all time.

This wouldn't be a proper Ultimate List if we didn't include Larry Bird on it. Perhaps the most popular player in Celtics history, Larry Legend is one of the best small forwards of all time. During his historic run in Boston, Bird, along with teammates Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, powered the Celtics to five NBA Finals berths, winning three championships.

After Bird retired, the Celtics relied on Paul Pierce as the team's leader. Along with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Pierce led the Celtics to a league record 17th championship when it defeated the rival Los Angeles Lakers in 2008. These three players are beloved by Celtics fans and look at them as some of greatest players to wear a Celtics uniform.
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1
2,367 438
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

2
2,711 417
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

3
1,686 592
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

4
1,127 405
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

5
1,192 457
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

6
1,245 392
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

7
1,375 371
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

8
1,004 306
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
698 277
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,022 398
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

11
668 290
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

12
590 224
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

13
469 186
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

14
460 204
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

The Best Boston Celtics Point Guards of All Time

15
476 187
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

16
455 190
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

17
751 452
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

18
452 217
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

19
858 276
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

20
331 185
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

21
426 195
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

The Best Dogs for City Living

22
297 214
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

23
326 141
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

24
330 202
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Antoine Walker Small forward, Power forward

25
396 202
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich

26
380 34
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Kyrie Irving Point guard

27
296 61
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

28
212 165
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

The Best Boston Celtics Centers of All Time

29
421 292
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Shaquille O'Neal Center

30
233 170
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Marcus Smart Guard

31
171 188
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Satch Sanders Power forward

32
243 163
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Avery Bradley Point guard, Shooting guard

33
352 229
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

34
160 146
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

35
197 185
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dee Brown Shooting guard

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

36
185 138
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Tony Allen Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

37
193 135
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

38
166 35
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Jaylen Brown SF/ PF

39
133 19
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Jason Tatum

40
132 112
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Kendrick Perkins Center

41
219 130
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

42
68 106
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

The Best Boston Celtics Small Forwards of All Time

43
141 117
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

44
142 36
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Gordon Hayward Small forward

45
108 117
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr

46
139 66
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Nate Robinson Point guard

47
127 78
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward

48
110 120
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Artis Gilmore Center

49
90 112
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Siegfried Point guard, Shooting guard

50
103 124
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Rick Fox Small forward