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2. Larry Bird

While we said that anointing Bill Russell was a lock as our top Boston Celtic of all-time, Larry Bird gave us pause.

Before Bird's arrival to Boston, the franchise was in disarray after being without question the most dominant franchise in the league.  The city craved basketball greatness, and Bird gave them just that.  Bird was the 6th overall pick in 1978 but joined a year later after staying at Indiana State for his senior year.  As expected, Bird was an automatic superstar winning the Rookie of the Year and being named to his first of what would be 12 All-Star Games.

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 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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