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The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote 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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1
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 33

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

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

2
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 6

Years with franchise: 1956–1969

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

3
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 34

Years with franchise: 1998–2013

4
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 32

Years with franchise: 1980–1993

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

5
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 00

Years with franchise: 1980–1994

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

6
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 17

Years with franchise: 1962–1978

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

7
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 14

Years with franchise: 1950–1963

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

8
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 19

Years with franchise: 1965–1976

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

9
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 35

Years with franchise: 1987–1993

10
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 24

Years with franchise: 1957–1969

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

11
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 3

Years with franchise: 1983–1990

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

12
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 10

Years with franchise: 1969–1979

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

13
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 23

Years with franchise: 1954–1955, 1956–1964

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

14
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 18

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

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

15
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 31

Years with franchise: 1977–1985

16
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 15

Years with franchise: 1956–1965

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

17
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 25 

Years with franchise: 1958–1967

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

18
Jim Loscutoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 18 (allowed the number to remain active)

Years with franchise: 1955–1964

19
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 22

Years with franchise: 1950–1956

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

20
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 21

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

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

21
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired

Number: 16

Years with franchise: 1960–1973

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.