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1. Bill Russell

Despite the high amount of Hall of Famers that the Boston Celtics had and how many championships that they won; you would think that there would be a glut of top considerations for the spot of the best of Celtic of all-time.

Bill Russell finally accepts his Hall of Fame ring

44 years after he was named to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Russell finally accepted his Hall of Fame ring.  

In a tweet, he said that “in ’75 I refused to be the 1stblack player to go into” the hall as he “felt others before me should have that honor.”  He referenced Chuck Cooper in that tweet, who was chosen earlier this year.  Cooper was the first African-American to play in the NBA in 1950.

Russell mentioned that he received the ring in a private ceremony, which was attended by his wife and close friends, which included Alonzo Mourning and Bill Walton.  

Walton was an 11-time NBA Champion with the Boston Celtics, a two-time NCAA Champion with the University of San Francisco and an Olympic Gold Medalist with the United States.  He was a five-time MVP, eleven-time All-NBA selection and twelve-time All-Star.

Suddenly, the Basketball Hall of Fame seems so much more relevant.  

 

Our Top 50 Boston Celtics are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Boston Celtics. 

Founded in 1946, the Boston Celtics are one of the original teams of the National Basketball Association, and one of the most successful.  Under the early guidance of Red Auerbach, and the on-court presence of Bill Russell and Bob Cousy, the Celtics became the first dynasty in the league.

As for all of our top 50 players in basketball we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NBA.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Bill Russell

2. Larry Bird

3. John Havlicek

4. Bob Cousy

5. Paul Pierce

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for or All-Time Top 50 Indiana Pacers coming next!

As always we thank you for your support.

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