NBA 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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2,385 440
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

2
2,728 419
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

3
1,695 597
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

4
1,132 411
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

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1,201 458
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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1,252 393
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

7
1,387 375
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

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1,009 307
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
701 279
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,029 401
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

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674 291
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

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593 225
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

13
472 187
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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462 205
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

The Best Boston Celtics Point Guards of All Time

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478 189
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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758 453
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

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456 193
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

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456 220
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

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866 280
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

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335 186
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

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431 196
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

The Best Dogs for City Living

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298 215
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

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326 144
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

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332 204
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Antoine Walker Small forward, Power forward

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398 204
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich

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391 35
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Kyrie Irving Point guard

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302 62
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

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213 165
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

The Best Boston Celtics Centers of All Time

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428 294
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Shaquille O'Neal Center

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236 171
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Marcus Smart Guard

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171 189
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Satch Sanders Power forward

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243 164
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Avery Bradley Point guard, Shooting guard

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355 231
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

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160 147
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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197 187
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dee Brown Shooting guard

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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187 138
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Tony Allen Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

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193 136
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

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141 19
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Jason Tatum

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172 35
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Jaylen Brown SF/ PF

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220 130
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

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133 114
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Kendrick Perkins Center

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69 106
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

The Best Boston Celtics Small Forwards of All Time

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142 66
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Nate Robinson Point guard

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144 37
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Gordon Hayward Small forward

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141 118
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

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109 117
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr

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127 80
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward

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104 80
Paul Westphal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Paul Westphal

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110 120
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Artis Gilmore Center

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90 113
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Siegfried Point guard, Shooting guard