Basketball 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.
list ordered by

1
3,305 508
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,912 548
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,479 574
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
2,032 732
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

5
1,373 529
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

6
1,541 471
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,706 465
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,236 367
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
834 367
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
829 358
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

11
1,270 498
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

12
744 274
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
556 265
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

14
577 244
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

15
571 236
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

16
544 245
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

17
924 543
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
568 273
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
1,033 375
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
548 240
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
416 232
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
362 257
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
406 186
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
490 257
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
383 260
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward