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Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time  

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In their time as an NBA franchise, the Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time have gone through many different head coaches, all with different personalities and coaching styles. With that said, who is the best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time coach of all time? We want to hear your thoughts, which is why we created this poll of the top Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time head coaches.

Red Auerbach would coach the Celtics to their first NBA championship in the 1957. Auerbach would lead the Celtics to nine more championships between 1957 and 1966.

Bill Fitch lead the Celtics to an NBA Finals championship in 1981. Fitch and Auerbach are the only two Celtics head coaches to win an NBA Coach of the Year award.

If you love basketball and the Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time, then help us decide who the best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time coach is by voting up your top picks. You don't have to vote for the winningest Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time coach, but it's hard to argue against solid numbers.
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Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1950-66
Arnold Jacob "Red" Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was an American basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and, most notably, the Boston ...more
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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1966-69
William Felton Russell (born February 12, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from ...more

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K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1983-88
K. C. Jones (born May 25, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He is best known for his association with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball ...more

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
2004-13
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball ...more

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Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
Brad Stevens 2013-present
Bradley Kent Stevens (born October 22, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and former collegiate player who is the head coach of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball ...more

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Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1969-78
Thomas William Heinsohn (born August 26, 1934) is an American retired professional basketball player. He has been associated with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) ...more

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Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1979-83
William Charles Fitch (born May 19, 1932) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) coach who had been successful in developing a number of teams into playoff contenders. ...more
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Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1978-79
David William Cowens (born October 25, 1948) is an American retired professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center position and occasionally played power ...more

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Chris Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1990-95
Christopher Joseph Ford (born January 11, 1949) is an American former professional basketball player and head coach. He is known for making the first counted three-point shot on October 1979. A ...more
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Jim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
Jim O'Brien 2001-04
James Francis Xavier O'Brien (born February 11, 1952) is an American basketball coach.
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Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
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Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rondo played two years of ...more

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Tom Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
Tom Sanders 1978
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M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1995-97
Michael Leon Carr (born January 9, 1951) is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and American Basketball Association (ABA), and former ...more
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Jimmy Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1988-90
James Donald Rodgers (born March 12, 1943) is an American former basketball coach and team executive.
15
Alvin Julian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
Alvin Julian 1948-50
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John Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
John Russell 1946-48
John "Honey" Russell (May 31, 1902 – November 15, 1973) was an American basketball player and coach born in Brooklyn, New York. He turned professional after his sophomore year of high ...more
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John Carroll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
2004
John Carroll (born November 8, 1955) is an American basketball coach, currently an assistant coach for the University of Rhode Island men's basketball team. He served as the head coach for the ...more
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Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1997-2001
Richard Andrew Pitino (born September 18, 1952) is an American basketball coach, who last coached Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. He has been the head coach of ...more