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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
3,220 500
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,836 537
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,439 563
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,341 515
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

5
1,980 723
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

6
1,513 461
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,668 458
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,204 362
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
816 363
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
807 353
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

11
1,238 489
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

12
724 270
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
564 238
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
542 260
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
559 233
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

16
532 241
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

17
901 533
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
555 270
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
1,012 359
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
535 236
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
404 228
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
355 251
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
391 181
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
482 248
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
374 254
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward

26
607 71
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

27
408 100
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
251 200
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
512 384
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
295 215
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

31
284 208
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard, Shooting guard

32
199 220
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
198 167
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

34
419 282
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
225 159
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

36
216 160
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
215 221
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Shooting guard

38
251 43
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
254 55
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward

40
216 63
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

41
158 150
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

42
80 135
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

43
251 153
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

44
179 82
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
106 133
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

46
163 135
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

47
123 135
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward, Shooting guard

48
152 100
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

49
100 108
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guard

50
75 58
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center