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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
3,034 476
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,667 505
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,422 434
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

4
1,355 521
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

5
1,261 478
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

6
1,866 692
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

7
1,575 434
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,132 347
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
768 341
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,155 453
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

11
756 330
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

12
674 256
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
531 220
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
512 241
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
507 221
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
525 220
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
852 501
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
518 249
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
957 329
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
495 221
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
377 210
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
333 235
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
364 164
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
452 227
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
360 229
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward

26
366 81
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
512 61
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

28
234 185
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
482 350
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
272 187
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
269 198
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

32
187 208
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
187 160
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

34
397 259
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
212 149
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

36
206 149
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
210 205
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Shooting guard

38
210 32
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
222 45
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward

40
149 136
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

41
75 123
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

42
187 47
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

43
239 142
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

44
163 74
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
156 127
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

46
99 124
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

47
143 89
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

48
71 49
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
116 128
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
89 75
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johnny-hernandez added Shooting guard