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
3,122 585
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

2
3,571 546
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

3
1,580 624
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,458 571
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

5
2,160 791
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

6
1,644 504
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,827 503
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,323 383
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
886 393
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
886 384
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

11
1,355 530
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

12
790 295
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
626 263
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
593 285
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
581 261
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
598 256
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
977 581
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
611 290
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
1,107 401
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
592 263
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
437 246
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
379 269
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
431 198
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
529 280
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
740 90
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard