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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
2,985 464
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,618 500
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,335 509
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,242 465
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

5
1,837 679
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

6
1,396 428
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,542 420
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,110 343
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
753 336
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,134 440
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

11
743 326
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

12
659 253
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
507 235
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

14
517 219
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

15
494 219
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
515 218
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
838 486
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
506 245
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
944 318
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
481 217
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
367 204
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
324 231
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
361 157
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
436 224
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
354 223
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward

26
353 78
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward, Center

27
486 55
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

28
230 180
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
470 337
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
265 180
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard, Shooting guard

31
263 193
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

32
180 203
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
182 156
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

34
386 252
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
202 145
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

36
204 148
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

37
208 200
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Shooting guard

38
195 29
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
215 42
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward

40
144 132
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

41
72 120
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

42
180 46
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

43
234 141
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

44
157 73
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
96 122
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

46
151 126
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

47
69 47
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

48
140 86
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

49
114 126
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
87 73
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johnny-hernandez added Shooting guard