Top 10 Boston Celtics of All-Time

Top 10 Boston Celtics of All-Time


Boston Celtics

Honorable Mentions:

20. Danny Ainge

19. Cedric Maxwell

18. Bailey Howell

17. Ray Allen

16. Bill Sharman

15. Tiny Archibald

14. Rajon Rondo

13. Kevin Garnett

12. Tommy Heinsohn

11. Dennis Johnson


10. Jo Jo White

Seasons in Green:

10 (1969-1979)

Stats w/ the Celtics

18.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 44.2 FG%

A versatile guard who helped Boston win two championships, Jo Jo White was dangerous both as a scorer and passer and could defend the perimeter with the best of them. White was also incredibly durable. In nine full seasons with the Celts, he appeared in less than 75 games just once.

White excelled while playing with John Havlicek and Dave Cowens in the 1970s, and he starred in one of the most memorable games in NBA history, Game 5 of the 1976 NBA Finals, where he scored 33 points and dished out nine dimes in a triple-overtime victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Finishing his career with the Kansas City Kings, White wound up averaging 17.2 points, four rebounds and 4.9 assists while shooting 44.4 percent from the field.

Robert Parish

9. Robert Parish

Seasons in Green:

14 (1980-1994)

Stats w/ the Celtics

16.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.3 Stocks, 55.2 FG%

Nicknamed “The Chief” for his stoic nature, Parish was a composed, consistent presence on both ends of the floor for three Celtics championship teams. Known for his formidable defense and an effective midrange jump shot, Parish was a nine-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection.

Larry Bird and Kevin McHale soaked up most of the offense, which made Parish the perfect frontcourt complement because he didn’t need a lot of touches to be effective. He was a great shot-blocker in his prime and anchored the defense of that legendary 1986 championship team.

Parish is the franchise’s all-time leader in blocks and he’s second in total rebounds. He ran the floor well and with that uncanny, silky smooth jumper, this Hall of Famer was one of the best shooters in NBA history for his position.


8. Sam Jones

Seasons in Green:

12 (1957-1969)

Stats w/ the Celtics

17.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.5 APG, 45.6 FG%

The next time your friends start talking about the most clutch players of all time, you can throw Sam Jones’ name into the conversation and sound like an NBA guru. With the game on the line, Jones was a serious challenge to Jerry West for the title of the first clutch player in NBA history.

We all know Bill Russell won the most championships in NBA history, but do you have any idea who won the second most? That would be Mr. Sam Jones, one of the most overlooked players in Boston Celtics history. His numbers don’t jump off the page, but the fact that he won 10 championships certainly does! Be honest, did you know who Sam Jones was before this? Either way, you do now and you will never forget.

Nicknamed “The Shooter” for his smooth jump shot and ability to use the glass on his shots, Jones spread the floor and was the perfect complementary player to Russell. He played three different positions in his career and when the Celtics needed a big shot with the game on the line, Sam Jones is who they went to.


7. Paul Pierce

Seasons in Green:

15 (1998-2013)

Stats w/ the Celtics

21.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 2.0 Stocks, 44.7 FG%

One of the craftiest scorers in league history, Pierce spent 15 seasons with the Celts before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets and later playing with John Wall and the Wizards, but while in Boston – he saw the franchise go from being a laughingstock to a championship contender. Pierce fell to Boston in the 1998 draft and instantly proved himself as a star player in this league. Armed with a deadly jump shot and a bevy of moves off the dribble, Pierce was a near automatic 20-plus point game any given night.

The man known as “The Truth” is more than just a scorer, though. He played the point forward role for many years and also emerged as a quality defender later in his career, something that rarely happens in the NBA. In the mid-2000s, as Boston struggled to break out of the middle of the Eastern Conference, Pierce carried the team every night, guarding the opposing team’s best wing player and using his mix of post-ups, herky-jerky drives and spot-up shooting to rack up points.

He saw team success during his era alongside his co-Big Three teammates of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. In 2008, the first year the Big Three joined forces, the Celtics finally brought the Larry O’Brien back to Boston as Pierce won the Finals MVP.

Overall, Pierce averaged 21.8 points, six rebounds and 3.9 assists as a Celtic while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range. Even as he aged, Pierce managed to adapt his game and stay relevant, making the All-Star team every year from 2008-2012.


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