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The Best Boston Celtics of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based only on their time with the Celtics

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

Age: 27

Number: 2

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward and Power forward from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 43

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat

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#11 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #256 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #115 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History

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Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added

Age: 25

Number: 36

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#451 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #832 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #127 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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#7 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #235 of 438 Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With #1,015 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time

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Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Prescott, Arizona

Age: 76

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, St. Louis Hawks, Seattle Supersonics, + more

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#526 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #75 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History #13 of 23 The Best Small Forwards of the 60s

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Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

Age: 79

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Zephyrs

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Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward from Long Beach, California

Age: 41

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

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#2,037 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time #1,757 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #42 of 213 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard and Shooting guard from Tacoma, Washington

Age: 29

Number: 11

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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#428 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #79 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #119 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today

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

Age: 88

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#45 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time #87 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #16 of 23 The Best Small Forwards of the 60s

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Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward from Paris, France

Age: 59

Teams: Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers

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#45 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #572 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 148 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

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Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Jaylen Brown

Number: 7

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#444 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #77 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #82 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard from Seattle, Washington

Age: 35

Number: 2

Teams: New York Knicks

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#193 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #71 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #24 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

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Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Power forward from New York City, New York

Age: 81

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#80 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #19 of 30 The Best Power Forwards of the '60s #79 of 172 The Best NBA Players To Have Their Numbers Retired

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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 37

Number: 9

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics

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#254 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #89 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History #81 of 126 The Best NBA Buys for the Money

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Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Age: 69

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, New York Knicks

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Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward from Villa Rica, Georgia

Age: 29

Number: 99

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

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#135 of 294 The Top 100+ NBA Players Today #18 of 86 The Best Second-Generation NBA Players Of All Time #12 of 50 The Best Athletes Who Wore #99

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Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward and Center from Greensboro, North Carolina

Age: 68

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, + more

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#66 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #876 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #26 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center from Nederland, Texas

Age: 35

Number: 5

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Shooting guard from Jacksonville, Florida

Age: 51

Teams: Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors

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#371 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #114 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #19 of 27 All The Craziest NBA Dunk Contest Championship Performances

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Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward from Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 29

Number: 20

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#166 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #32 of 135 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #95 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Danny Petersen added Point guard from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 51

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

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#36 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #11 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #37 of 106 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

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Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward and Center from St. Louis, Missouri

Age: Dec. at 83 (1928-2011)

Teams: St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics, St. Louis Hawks

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#508 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #140 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #23 of 56 The Best NBA Players from Missouri

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M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Age: 68

Teams: Boston Celtics, St. Louis Hawks, Detroit Pistons

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Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Chris Coakley added Point guard from Denver, Colorado

Age: 43

Number: 1

Teams: Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons

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#80 of 729 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #21 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History #56 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History