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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2,824 432
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Bird Small forward, Power forward

2
2,469 459
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Russell Center

3
1,752 625
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Pierce Small forward

4
1,248 476
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

5
1,165 437
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bob Cousy Point guard

6
1,448 392
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin Garnett Power forward

7
1,303 408
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Kevin McHale Power forward, Center

8
1,056 317
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Robert Parish Center

9
721 299
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Sam Jones Point guard, Shooting guard

10
1,072 412
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Ray Allen Shooting guard

11
702 304
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dave Cowens Power forward, Center

12
623 234
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

13
476 217
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Tom Heinsohn Center

14
494 197
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

The Best Boston Celtics Point Guards of All Time

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477 199
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Nate Archibald Point guard

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791 467
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Rajon Rondo Point guard

17
492 198
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

18
479 228
Danny Ainge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Danny Ainge Shooting guard

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896 298
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Isaiah Thomas Point guard

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350 194
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Cedric Maxwell Power forward

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452 204
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bill Walton Center

The Best Dogs for City Living

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306 220
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Bill Sharman Shooting guard

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341 150
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Reggie Lewis Small forward

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340 212
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

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410 213
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Pete Maravich

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431 43
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Kyrie Irving Point guard

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322 68
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Al Horford Small forward, Power forward, Center

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219 170
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Don Nelson

The Best Boston Celtics Centers of All Time

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444 309
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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251 169
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

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246 178
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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173 194
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

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369 242
Brian Scalabrine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
marcosiahaan1 added Brian Scalabrine Power forward

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169 149
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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201 141
Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Paul Silas Small forward, Power forward

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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194 141
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

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204 193
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Dee Brown Shooting guard

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173 22
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
CamtheGreat added Jason Tatum

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195 37
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mcminnmt added Jaylen Brown SF/ PF

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71 111
Bailey Howell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
slaft added Bailey Howell Small forward

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137 121
Kendrick Perkins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
johnny-hernandez added Kendrick Perkins Center

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225 134
Dominique Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Dominique Wilkins Small forward

The Best Boston Celtics Small Forwards of All Time

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158 41
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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93 116
Larry Siegfried is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Larry Siegfried Point guard, Shooting guard

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149 69
Nate Robinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
T Mills added Nate Robinson Point guard

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147 120
Bob McAdoo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Bob McAdoo Power forward, Center

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66 41
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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112 119
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added M. L. Carr

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86 92
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

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131 83
Jae Crowder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Jae Crowder Small forward