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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.
list ordered by
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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
2
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center
3
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard
4
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard
5
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward
6
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center
7
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward
8
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center
9
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
10
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center
11
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard
12
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard
13
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center
14
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard
15
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard
16
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard
17
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard
18
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wiabux added Shooting guard
19
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard
20
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center
21
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard
22
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward
23
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward
24
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard
25
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward