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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.
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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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