Basketball The Best Boston Celtics of All Time  

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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
3,097 579
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

2
3,536 539
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

3
1,569 618
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
2,150 778
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

5
1,449 567
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

6
1,630 499
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,817 498
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,313 381
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
883 390
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
877 381
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

11
1,346 524
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

12
784 292
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
617 260
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
589 282
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
577 258
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
597 252
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
975 575
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
608 285
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
1,101 396
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
585 259
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
436 245
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
379 267
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
430 197
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
525 277
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
727 88
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard