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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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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from West Baden Springs, French Lick Township, Indiana, United States of America

Age: 63

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center from West Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 85

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward from Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 43

Number: 5

Teams: Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves

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#20 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #17 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #1,062 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward and Center from Hibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

Age: 62

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#41 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,907 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #10 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 42

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics

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John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center from Shreveport, Louisiana

Age: 66

Teams: Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls

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Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard from Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 91

Teams: Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard from Merced, California, United States of America

Age: 44

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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#35 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,310 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

Age: Dec. at 53 (1954-2007)

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics

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Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Wilmington, North Carolina

Age: 86

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward and Center from Newport, Kentucky

Age: 71

Teams: Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

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#80 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #30 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #65 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard from Tacoma, Washington

Age: 30

Number: 22

Teams: Washington Wizards

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

Age: 73

Teams: Kansas City Kings, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors

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K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Age: 33

Number: 9

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard from New York City, New York

Age: 71

Teams: Kansas City Kings, New York Nets, Cincinnati Royals, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks

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#651 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #230 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #25 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center from La Mesa, California, United States of America

Age: 67

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, San Diego Clippers, Los Angeles Clippers

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#61 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #15 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #1,651 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center from Jersey City, New Jersey

Age: 85

Teams: Boston Celtics

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#183 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #74 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History #14 of 22 The Best NBA Centers of the 1960s

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wiabux added Shooting guard from Eugene, Oregon, United States of America

Age: 60

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics

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#160 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #55 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA Historylisted on College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

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Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward from Kinston, North Carolina

Age: 64

Teams: Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers

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#186 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #87 of 137 The Best Small Forwards of All Time #23 of 29 The Greatest Small Forwards of the 1980s

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Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward from Baltimore, Maryland

Age: Dec. at 28 (1965-1993)

Teams: Boston Celtics

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Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Age: Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)

Number: 44

Teams: Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Jazz

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#25 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #123 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard from Abilene, Texas

Age: Dec. at 87 (1926-2013)

Teams: Washington Capitols, Boston Celtics

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#646 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,663 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #129 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Center from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Age: 33

Number: 42

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

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#122 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #48 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #50 of 98 The Most Likable Players In The NBA Today