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.

1
2,926 453
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

2
2,556 497
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

3
1,312 497
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
John Havlicek Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,217 454
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

5
1,371 418
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

6
1,804 670
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

7
1,506 419
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

8
1,089 338
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
740 331
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
732 319
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

11
1,108 438
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

12
646 248
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dennis Johnson Point guard

13
500 227
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

14
509 212
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jo Jo White Point guard

15
486 212
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

16
506 212
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
K. C. Jones Point guard

17
821 482
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

18
495 239
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wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

19
925 314
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

20
467 214
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

21
316 228
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

22
358 201
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

23
353 155
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

24
349 219
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
428 220
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich Shooting guard

26
343 76
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

27
468 53
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Kyrie Irving Point guard

28
225 177
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson Small forward

29
458 328
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Shaquille O'Neal Center

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257 178
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Avery Bradley Point guard, Shooting guard

31
256 189
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Marcus Smart Guard

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174 201
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Guest_af5f1f33-c9b7-49e3-ad6f-c59249774339 added Satch Sanders Power forward

33
178 153
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Frank Ramsey Small forward

34
380 248
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

35
199 143
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
JacobSmith1 added Tony Allen Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

36
203 145
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

37
206 197
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Dee Brown Shooting guard

38
190 26
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Jayson Tatum Small forward

39
209 41
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Jaylen Brown Small forward, Power forward

40
143 128
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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72 116
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

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230 139
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

43
173 45
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Gordon Hayward Small forward

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154 72
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Nate Robinson Point guard

45
94 119
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Siegfried Point guard, Shooting guard

46
150 123
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

47
68 44
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ed Macauley Power forward, Center

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114 123
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr Small forward, Shooting guard

49
137 85
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward

50
88 95
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Don Chaney Guard