Basketball 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 numbers retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Boston Celtics players? This list is only for Boston Celtics players with retired numbers. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Boston Celtics players that have had their number retired for all time.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers retired. 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 numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

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1
17 4
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Center

Number: 6

Years with franchise: 1956–1969

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

2
13 5
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Small forward, Power forward

Number: 33

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

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

3
9 2
Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Small forward

Number: 34

Years with franchise: 1998–2013

4
8 2
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward, Center

Number: 32

Years with franchise: 1980–1993

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

5
9 3
Robert Parish is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Center

Number: 00

Years with franchise: 1980–1994

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

6
9 3
Bob Cousy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Point guard

Number: 14

Years with franchise: 1950–1963

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

7
10 5
John Havlicek is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Small forward, Shooting guard

Number: 17

Years with franchise: 1962–1978

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

8
4 0
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Small forward

Number: 19

Years with franchise: 1965–1976

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

9
6 3
Dave Cowens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward, Center

Number: 18

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

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

10
6 3
Dennis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Guard

Number: 3

Years with franchise: 1983–1990

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

11
5 2
Sam Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Point guard, Shooting guard

Number: 24

Years with franchise: 1957–1969

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

12
4 1
Frank Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Small forward, Shooting guard

Number: 23

Years with franchise: 1954–1955, 1956–1964

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

13
4 1
Reggie Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Small forward

Number: 35

Years with franchise: 1987–1993

14
7 5
Jo Jo White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Point guard

Number: 10

Years with franchise: 1969–1979

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

15
2 0
Cedric Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward

Number: 31

Years with franchise: 1977–1985

16
5 4
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Point guard

Number: 25 

Years with franchise: 1958–1967

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

17
4 3
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Center

Number: 15

Years with franchise: 1956–1965

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

18
4 3
Jim Loscutoff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Shooting guard

Number: 18 (allowed the number to remain active)

Years with franchise: 1955–1964

19
1 0
Satch Sanders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward

Number: 16

Years with franchise: 1960–1973

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

20
3 3
Ed Macauley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Power forward, Center

Number: 22

Years with franchise: 1950–1956

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

21
1 1
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Boston Celtics To Have Their Numbers Retired
Shooting guard

Number: 21

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

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.