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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
3,054 480
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

2
2,687 509
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

3
1,367 524
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

4
1,433 437
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

5
1,270 479
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

6
1,876 696
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

7
1,585 436
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,140 348
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
775 341
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,166 455
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

11
761 332
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

12
679 258
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
535 221
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
513 242
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
508 222
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

16
530 221
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

17
856 506
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
522 251
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
961 332
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
502 221
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
382 210
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
333 236
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
366 165
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
455 229
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
360 230
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward, Power forward

26
369 84
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward, Center

27
520 64
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard

28
234 186
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Small forward

29
485 353
Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

30
273 188
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Point guard, Shooting guard

31
271 199
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
tom-charbono added Guard

32
187 209
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
188 160
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

34
398 260
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Power forward

35
214 149
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

36
206 150
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
210 206
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Shooting guard

38
214 34
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

39
224 46
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Small forward, Power forward

40
150 137
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Center

41
190 49
Gordon Hayward is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Small forward

42
75 124
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Small forward

43
241 143
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward

44
166 74
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Point guard

45
159 127
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Power forward, Center

46
99 125
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

47
144 90
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

48
71 50
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

49
116 129
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Small forward, Shooting guard

50
89 76
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johnny-hernandez added Shooting guard