Top 10 Best Boston Celtics Players

The Top Ten
1 Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)

Larry Bird was probably the best big man ever to shoot a 3-pointer. Bird was always clutch, and he never let his team down, proving over and over that the Celtics won so many championships because they were good enough to earn a win in the NBA Finals.

One of the best basketball players EVER! My dad played with him when he was in high school. He got the most out of his ability by working harder than everyone else. He wasn't as gifted athletically as other players in the league, but still amazing!

Larry Bird is just simply great. Give the ball to him, don't worry about it. He can make any shot. His height allowed him to shoot over players and get rebounds, and his ability to make 3s was amazing. Obviously, this guy deserves to be #1 on the Celtics list.

2 Bill Russell William Felton "Bill" Russell was an American retired professional basketball player. Russell played center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969.

This guy was amazing. He was so good the NBA Finals MVP trophy was named after him! Still not convinced of this guy's skill level? Try having 12 MVP awards under your belt. He had 12, counting both Finals MVP awards he earned and season MVP awards he earned prior to the beginning of the playoffs.

It should not really be Larry. Bill was better but not by that much. Larry had a great career, but he did not have anything near 11 championships like Bill. Larry was a great offensive player, and Bill was better at defense. But overall, Bill over any other Celtics player.

3 Paul Pierce Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

He isn't going to be the greatest of all time, but he deserves his spot in the top 3. Here's my list:

1. Bill Russell - Unstoppable defensive monster
2. Larry Bird - All-around greatness, one of the greatest clutch-time performers ever, played with hustle, heart, and intensity.
3. Paul Pierce - Dominant mid-range shooter, inspiring team leader, and amazing in clutch time.
4. Kevin Garnett - Dominant in the post, inspiring defensive leader.
5. John Havlicek - Invented hustle, great clutch-time performer.
6. Bob Cousy - One of the best passers ever, amazing fast break with him and Russell.
7. Kevin McHale - Dominant in the post but wasn't as consistent and dedicated as he should've been.
8. Robert Parish - Awesome on defense and dominant in the post.
9. Dennis Johnson - Great point guard and genius one-on-one defender.
10. Rajon Rondo - Great talent but ugly attitude. Remains to be seen if he can manage now without my man Pierce and Garnett.

4 John Havlichek

He could play at the guard and forward positions - basically, he could do it all. He became a great scorer even though he was more defensive-minded in college alongside Jerry Lucas. He is the leading Celtics scorer of all time.

I saw him play in San Antonio when he was 36 years old, and he still had it. Great passer and all-around awesome. Easily my favorite Celtic. I even went to the Hall of Fame ceremonies when he was inducted and met the whole family.

Right now, I would rank him higher than Garnett, Rondo, and maybe even Pierce. Wish I had the entire tape of his last game as a Celtic. CBS cut away from the game in the last two minutes. Love Hondo!

5 Kevin McHale

The best Celtics forward ever.

6 Bob Cousy

Cousy was a great point guard, but he was not the point guard for all of Russell's titles. He was the coach on the floor and a much underrated scorer. In his time, he was a magician with the ball. Sam Jones said everyone had to be in position to shoot the ball or Cousy wouldn't give it to you.

Bob Cousy was a smaller guy with a really big game. Cousy was listed as 6'1 and a mere 175 pounds. Cousy played point guard for the Celtics for a good amount of time. Cousy won the Finals MVP award during his years playing in the NBA.

7 Kevin Garnett Kevin Maurice Garnett is a former professional basketball player who played for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association, for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets.

He is always good, even with the Timberwolves. He is a massive accomplishment and has had a big impact on the NBA and basketball!

He's an elite defender and still a very solid player in his older years.

8 Robert Parish

Robert Parish was known for his strong defense and his jump shot and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. In 1996, Parish was also named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

His nickname was "The Chief," after the fictitious Chief Bromden, a silent, giant Native American character in the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. According to Parish, former Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell gave Parish this nickname because of his stoic nature. He was also part of the Celtics Big Three with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.

9 Rajon Rondo Rajon Pierre Rondo is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

I love Rondo. He's the one who led the Celtics. He is a really good player, but he has to do more than pass. He has to score more points for the Celtics now because Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are old, and Ray Allen is on the Heat, leaving Rondo all by himself.

If the Celtics want to win a championship title, Rondo has to score more points. And when I mean more points, I mean he has to get better with his free throws and his jump shots. If he can do all that, I bet that Rondo can win the MVP and the Finals MVP.

10 Sam Jones

This guy won so many championships with his last-second shots. None other than Bill Russell said that if it wasn't for Sam Jones, they would not have won so many championships. He was as good a guard as West or Robertson, but because there were so many stars on that team, he is often not recognized.

This guy won 10 rings and got inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was one of the first to really take advantage of the glass in the NBA and won the NBA Finals for the Celtics with an off-the-glass buzzer-beater in 1969.

The Contenders
11 Ray Allen Walter Ray Allen, Jr. is a former American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent.

Yeah, but I think he was a better team player when he was with the Heat in '13-'14, you know, with LeBron, Wade, Chalmers, Battier, all those dudes.

He's the greatest of all shooters. He ranks higher than Reggie Miller.

Best 3-point shooter in NBA history and holds the 3-point record.

12 Tommy Heinsohn
13 Dave Cowens

Dave Cowens, towering over some players, was listed as 6'9 and had an average NBA weight of 230 pounds. Cowens was the Celtics' 1st-round pick, being the 4th pick overall. The Celtics drafted him from Florida State, even though he was born in Newport, Kentucky.

Good scorer, excellent rebounder, and overall defensive player for his size.

14 Jaylen Brown Jaylen Brown is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.
15 Jojo White

Without a doubt, better than Rondo. What is this, some kind of joke?

16 Brian Scalabrine Brian David Scalabrine is an American former professional basketball player who is currently a television analyst for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

He's the White Mamba, and that's enough to name him the best.

17 Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Jamar Thomas is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association.

Isaiah improves the stats of short NBA players and shows that size does not matter.

I'm voting for Isaiah. He's not the best, but he deserves to be higher than Shaquille and Rajon Rondo.

I think Isaiah is a good basketball player.

18 K.C. Jones
19 Shaquille O'Neal Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal, nicknamed Shaq, is a retired American professional basketball player who is currently an analyst on the television program Inside the NBA. He is known for his fun, friendly personality, and is one of the most beloved athletes of all time.
20 Antoine Walker
21 Kyrie Irving Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, and the Nets.
22 Dominique Wilkins Jacques Dominique Wilkins is an American retired professional basketball player who primarily played for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association.
23 Jayson Tatum

Not the best, but deserves to be higher.

24 Jason Terry
25 Dennis Johnson

It was DJ's innate radar that made that play against the Pistons possible. He was a great defender, a great passer, and made very few mistakes. DJ loved the game, and it showed.

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