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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
3,213 499
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,830 535
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,435 560
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,335 514
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

5
1,976 720
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

6
1,507 460
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,662 458
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,200 361
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
803 353
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

11
1,232 488
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

12
721 270
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
562 237
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
541 260
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
557 233
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

16
530 241
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

17
899 531
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
553 270
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
1,011 358
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
532 236
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
402 228
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
354 251
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
388 181
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
479 248
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
601 71
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

27
404 100
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
249 200
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
511 382
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
293 214
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

31
283 207
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
199 219
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
418 282
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
224 158
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
214 220
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Shooting guard

38
248 43
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
251 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
215 63
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

41
157 149
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

42
80 134
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

43
250 153
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

44
177 82
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
106 132
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

46
161 135
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

47
123 134
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
151 99
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

49
75 58
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

50
99 108
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guard