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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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1
1,809 273
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

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2
1,589 269
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

3
1,092 369
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

4
819 282
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

5
847 255
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

6
771 256
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

7
892 244
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

8
664 210
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
515 187
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
694 262
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

11
467 214
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

12
423 154
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

13
327 134
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

14
303 132
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

15
321 122
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

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578 99
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

17
511 324
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

18
343 134
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

19
295 157
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

20
222 155
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

21
285 125
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

22
211 131
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

23
274 137
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich

24
221 88
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

25
230 145
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Antoine Walker Small forward, Power forward

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157 109
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

27
158 63
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Avery Bradley Point guard, Shooting guard

28
255 175
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Shaquille O'Neal Center

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116 130
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Satch Sanders Power forward

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130 129
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dee Brown Shooting guard

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228 137
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

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128 83
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Tony Allen Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

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104 102
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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123 104
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Marcus Smart Guard

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105 30
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

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124 94
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

37
88 103
Ed Maccauley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

38
152 80
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

39
82 65
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Kendrick Perkins Center

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101 77
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

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70 26
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward

42
69 71
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr

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73 77
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Rick Fox Small forward

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78 25
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Nate Robinson Point guard

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41 66
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

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78 83
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Artis Gilmore Center

47
60 74
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Siegfried Point guard, Shooting guard

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52 35
Jim Loscutoff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Jim Loscutoff Shooting guard

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67 54
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Paul Westphal

50
55 58
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Rick Carlisle