NBA 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 was an American basketball coach of the Washington Capitols, the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and the Boston Celtics. After he retired from coaching, he served as ...more
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77 16
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1966-69
William Felton "Bill" Russell is an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to ...more
3
89 27
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
2013-present
Bradley Kent "Brad" Stevens is an American professional basketball head coach for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He was previously the head coach at Butler University in Indianapolis. ...more
4
62 12
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1983-88
K. C. Jones is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. K. C. Jones is his full name.
5
70 18
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
2004-13
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. A ...more
6
51 12
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1969-78
Thomas William "Tommy" Heinsohn is a retired American professional basketball player. He has been associated with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association for six ...more
7
40 10
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1979-83
William Charles "Bill" Fitch is an American former National Basketball Association coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. ...more
8
29 18
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1978-79
David William Cowens is a retired American professional basketball player and NBA head coach. At 6'9", he played the center and occasionally the power forward position. He was inducted into ...more
9
20 20
Chris Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1990-95
Christopher Joseph Ford 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 6-foot-5 guard, he ...more
10
16 26
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 "Jim" O'Brien is an American basketball coach.
11
13 23
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
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Rajon Pierre Rondo is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. He is a four-time All-Star, one-time ...more
12
9 18
Tom Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
Tom Sanders 1978
13
16 31
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1995-97
Michael Leon "M.L." Carr is an American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, and former head coach and ...more
14
8 21
Jimmy Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1988-90
James Donald "Jimmy" Rodgers is an American former basketball coach and team executive.
15
6 23
John Russell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
John Russell 1946-48
John "Honey" Russell was an American basketball player and coach born in Brooklyn, New York. He turned professional after his sophomore year of high school, playing for numerous early ...more
16
5 21
Alvin Julian is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
Alvin Julian 1948-50
17
5 22
John Carroll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
2004
John Carroll is an American basketball coach. He served as the head coach for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association, during the latter part of the 2003–04 season, temporarily ...more
18
13 44
Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time
1997-2001
Richard Andrew "Rick" Pitino is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville, and coached the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Men's ...more