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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
2,147 330
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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2
1,883 327
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

3
951 335
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

4
1,000 303
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

5
894 299
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

6
1,317 480
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

7
1,074 295
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

8
785 242
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
578 218
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
816 315
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

11
544 233
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

12
478 174
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

13
359 150
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

14
376 154
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

15
365 143
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

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16
602 365
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

17
387 146
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

18
693 162
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

19
344 174
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

20
332 143
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

21
252 143
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

22
245 175
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

23
318 158
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich

24
258 105
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

25
270 162
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Antoine Walker Small forward, Power forward

26
172 124
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

27
192 95
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Avery Bradley Point guard, Shooting guard

28
313 221
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Shaquille O'Neal Center

29
134 143
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Satch Sanders Power forward

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276 166
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

31
152 148
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dee Brown Shooting guard

32
153 129
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Marcus Smart Guard

33
145 104
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Tony Allen Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

34
159 40
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

35
118 113
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

36
137 13
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Kyrie Irving Point guard

37
148 104
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

38
98 115
Ed Maccauley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

39
98 79
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Kendrick Perkins Center

40
174 96
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

41
85 86
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr

42
112 92
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

43
50 78
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

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91 46
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward

45
84 91
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Rick Fox Small forward

46
97 37
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
72 85
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Siegfried Point guard, Shooting guard

48
88 95
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Artis Gilmore Center

49
82 63
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Paul Westphal

50
63 48
Jim Loscutoff is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Jim Loscutoff Shooting guard