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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
2,730 518
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

2
3,101 489
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

3
1,389 540
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,293 493
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

5
1,457 444
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

6
1,911 706
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

7
1,610 443
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,159 350
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
790 347
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,192 467
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

11
774 337
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

12
690 262
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
544 224
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
524 246
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
517 226
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
539 224
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
868 518
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
532 257
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
979 342
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
511 226
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
389 216
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
341 241
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
372 170
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
465 234
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
363 236
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward

26
549 67
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

27
382 88
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward, Center

28
241 190
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
496 359
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
278 195
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
278 203
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

32
192 212
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
193 161
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

34
403 268
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
217 152
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

36
210 153
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
211 209
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Shooting guard

38
227 36
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
235 48
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward

40
200 53
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

41
153 140
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

42
246 145
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

43
75 128
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

44
172 76
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
160 128
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

46
101 127
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

47
146 93
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

48
73 52
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
120 130
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
95 103
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guard