NBA 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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1
2,628 401
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

2
2,281 426
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

3
1,631 562
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

4
1,096 386
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

5
1,153 433
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

6
1,207 371
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

7
1,323 365
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

8
971 294
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
684 263
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
989 384
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

11
654 277
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

12
575 213
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

13
449 194
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

14
454 178
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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465 179
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

16
442 181
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

17
726 438
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

18
439 205
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

19
837 251
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

20
322 176
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

21
411 185
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

The Best Boston Celtics Shooting Guards of All Time

22
288 210
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

23
311 136
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

24
321 194
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Antoine Walker Small forward, Power forward

25
381 196
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich

26
346 29
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Kyrie Irving Point guard

27
204 157
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

28
275 57
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

The Best Boston Celtics Power Forwards of All Time

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404 283
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Shaquille O'Neal Center

30
165 181
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Satch Sanders Power forward

31
220 163
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Marcus Smart Guard

32
235 152
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Avery Bradley Point guard, Shooting guard

33
339 219
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

34
153 140
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

35
189 180
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dee Brown Shooting guard

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178 131
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Tony Allen Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

37
183 130
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

38
125 141
Ed Maccauley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

39
149 32
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Jaylen Brown SF/ PF

40
128 104
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Kendrick Perkins Center

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109 16
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Jason Tatum

42
64 102
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

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213 124
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

44
138 112
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

45
104 111
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr

46
129 28
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Gordon Hayward Small forward

47
129 61
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Nate Robinson Point guard

48
119 74
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward

49
100 118
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Rick Fox Small forward

50
106 115
Artis Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Artis Gilmore Center