Basketball 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

1
2,992 563
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

2
3,405 524
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

3
2,087 748
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

4
1,522 596
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward, Shooting guard

5
1,404 549
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

6
1,581 481
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

7
1,754 480
Kevin Garnett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

8
1,264 373
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

9
858 375
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

10
851 370
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward, Center

11
1,304 509
Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

12
763 282
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

13
594 250
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

14
572 274
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Center

15
585 243
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

16
559 250
Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
wiabux added Point guard

17
948 559
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Point guard

18
585 279
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wiabux added Shooting guard

19
1,062 383
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
mandyclark25 added Point guard

20
564 248
Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
looksharp added Center

21
427 237
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Power forward

22
370 261
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Shooting guard

23
415 191
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Small forward

24
506 267
Pete Maravich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
RichardBeecher added Shooting guard

25
692 79
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics of All Time
Xavier Indeglia added Point guard