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The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Boston Celtics. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The Boston Celtics first-round draft picks have played a huge role in the franchise's tremendous NBA success. The Celetics have won the most titles in league history and have done so with talent acquired in the NBA draft.

Players like Larry Bird, Paul Pierce, and Kevin McHale, some of the best NBA players of all time, all started as Celtics draft picks. The Celtics also hit with NBA All-Star Reggie Lewis and Finals MVP Cedric Maxwell, part of a legacy of successful draft picks by the Celtics.

But which of these players had the greatest impact on the franchise. The stats below reflect only a player's time spent with the Celtics, and that is what you should base your vote on. Did this player help the Celtics get better?

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1978)

Stats
873 games played, 24.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 6.3 apg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
2× NBA Finals MVP (1984, 1986)
3× NBA Most Valuable Player (1984–1986)
12× NBA All-Star (1980–1988, 1990–1992)
9× All-NBA First Team (1980–1988)
All-NBA Second Team (1990)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1982–1984)
NBA Rookie of the Year (1980)

2
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 10 (1998)

Stats
1102 games played, 21.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.9 apg

Achievements
NBA champion (2008)
NBA Finals MVP (2008)
10× NBA All-Star (2002–2006, 2008–2012)
All-NBA Second Team (2009)
3× All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003, 2008)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1999)

3
Jayson Tatum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (2017)

Stats
159 games played, 14.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2018)

4
Jaylen Brown is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Jaylen Brown

Draft selection: 3 (2016)

Stats
222 games played, 11.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017)

5
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1980)

Stats
971 games played, 17.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (1981, 1984, 1986)
7× NBA All-Star (1984, 1986–1991)
All-NBA First Team (1987)
3× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1986–1988)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1983, 1989, 1990)
2× NBA Sixth Man of the Year (1984, 1985)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1981)

6
Avery Bradley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (2010)

Stats
413 games played, 12.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Defensive First Team (2016)
NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2013)

7
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 12 (1977)

Stats
604 games played, 13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg

Achievements
2× NBA champion (1981, 1984)
NBA Finals MVP (1981)

8
Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 3 (1997)

Stats
51 games played, 11.1 ppg, 4.3 apg

9
Terry Rozier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Terry Rozier

Draft selection: 16 (2015)

Stats
272 games played, 7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg

10
Gerald Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 18 (2005)

Stats
160 games played, 8.0 ppg

11
Antoine Walker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1996)

Stats
552 games played, 20.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.1 apg

Achievements
3× NBA All-Star (1998, 2002, 2003)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1997)

12
Dee Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (1990)

Stats
476 games played, 11.6 ppg, 4.0 apg, 1.4 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1991)

13
Jeff Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 5 (2007)

Stats
222 games played, 14.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg

14
Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (1991)

Stats
444 games played, 10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1992)

15
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 22 (1987)

Stats
450 games played, 17.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Star (1992)

16
Marcus Smart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (2014)

Stats
341 games played, 9.3 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.7 spg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2015)

17
Brian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 24 (1988)

Stats
178 games played, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.1 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1989)

18
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 25 (2004)

Stats
336 games played, 7.2 ppg, 1.0 spg

Achievements
NBA champion (2008)

19
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 15 (2004)

Stats
199 games played, 10.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2005)

20
Eric Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 14 (1995)

Stats
462 games played, 9.2 ppg

21
Ron Mercer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 6 (1997)

Stats
121 games played, 15.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1998)

22
Robert Williams III is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Robert Williams III

Draft selection: 27 (2018)

Stats
32 games played, 2.5 ppg

23
Kedrick Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Kedrick Brown

Draft selection: 11 (2001)

Stats
101 games played, 3.1 ppg

24
Len Bias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Len Bias

Draft selection: 2 (1986)

Stats
Never played for Celtics

25
Acie Earl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Boston Celtics First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Draft selection: 19 (1993)

Stats
104 games played, 4.6 ppg