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Every Celtic Who Had His Jersey Retired, Ranked

Updated February 21, 2020 646 votes 71 voters 1.1k views21 items

List RulesVote up the best Boston Celtics players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Boston Celtics players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Jo Jo White and Larry Bird had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their jersey retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Boston Celtics players? Keep in mind that this list is only for players on the Boston Celtics with retired numbers. Coaches and managers have had their jerseys retired as well but we're here to determine the best Boston Celtics players that have had their jersey number honored in this way.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers honored. The Boston Celtics players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Boston Celtics players with retired jerseys that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

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  • Bill Russell1

    Number: 6

    Years with franchise: 1956–1969

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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  • Larry Bird2

    Number: 33

    Years with franchise: 1979–1992​​​​​​​

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • John Havlicek3

    Number: 17

    Years with franchise: 1962–1978

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Paul Pierce4

    Number: 34

    Years with franchise: 1998–2013

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  • Kevin McHale5

    Number: 32

    Years with franchise: 1980–1993

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Dave Cowens6

    Number: 18

    Years with franchise: 1970–1980​​​​​​​

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Robert Parish7

    Number: 00

    Years with franchise: 1980–1994

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Bob Cousy8

    Number: 14

    Years with franchise: 1950–1963

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Sam Jones9

    Number: 24

    Years with franchise: 1957–1969

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Jo Jo White10

    Number: 10

    Years with franchise: 1969–1979

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Tom Heinsohn11

    Number: 15

    Years with franchise: 1956–1965

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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  • Dennis Johnson12

    Number: 3

    Years with franchise: 1983–1990

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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  • K. C. Jones13

    Number: 25 

    Years with franchise: 1958–1967

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Jim Loscutoff14

    Number: 18 (allowed the number to remain active)

    Years with franchise: 1955–1964

  • Reggie Lewis15

    Number: 35

    Years with franchise: 1987–1993

  • Bill Sharman16

    Number: 21

    Years with franchise: 1951–1961​​​​​​​

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Cedric Maxwell17

    Number: 31

    Years with franchise: 1977–1985

  • Satch Sanders18

    Number: 16

    Years with franchise: 1960–1973

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Don Nelson19
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    Don Nelson

    Number: 19

    Years with franchise: 1965–1976

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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    Frank Ramsey

    Number: 23

    Years with franchise: 1954–1955, 1956–1964

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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  • Ed Macauley21

    Number: 22

    Years with franchise: 1950–1956

    Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.