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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.
list ordered by

1
3,114 490
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,740 521
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,396 540
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,298 494
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

5
1,460 444
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
1,915 708
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

7
1,614 443
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,162 351
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
791 349
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,197 467
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

11
777 338
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

12
691 263
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
545 225
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
524 248
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
519 226
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
541 224
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
869 519
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
534 258
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
982 343
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
513 226
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
390 217
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
343 242
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
373 171
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
466 235
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
364 237
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward

26
555 67
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

27
385 89
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward, Center

28
242 191
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
497 361
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
281 203
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

31
278 197
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard, Shooting guard

32
192 213
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Power forward

33
193 162
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

34
403 269
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
217 152
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

36
210 153
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

37
211 209
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Shooting guard

38
228 36
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
236 48
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward

40
201 53
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

41
153 140
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

42
246 145
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

43
75 128
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

44
172 76
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
160 128
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

46
101 127
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

47
147 93
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

48
73 52
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
120 130
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward, Shooting guard

50
95 103
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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