Top 50 Boston Celtics

There are successful NBA Teams, and there are the Boston Celtics.

Seriously, this is no hyperbole.  The Celtics have been that much more successful than any other franchise in the National Basketball Association with 17 titles, one more than the Los Angeles Lakers, their longtime rival.

Formed in 1946, The Boston Celtics were part of the Basketball Association of America and would become part of the NBA in 1949 when the league absorbed them.  The first years in the NBA were not pretty for the Celtics, but they would become a league powerhouse built by Red Auerbach and based around the superstar Center, Bill Russell.  Russell and the perfect cast around him (that would include at times Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Willie Naulls, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones) would put forth the greatest dynasty in North American team sports. 

From 1957 to 1969 Boston won 11 Titles. Think about that for a minute.  11 NBA Championships in 13 NBA Seasons.  This is a dynasty that may never happen again.

This wasn’t it for the Celtics.

Boston would win the championship twice in the 1970s (1974 and 1976) with the acquisition of Dave Cowens and Heinsohn as their big two, but the decade after would be more dynamic.  The Celtics drafted Larry Bird, and along with Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, the Celtics had a trio that would win the title in 1981, 1984 & 1986.

It would take another "big three" in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen to win it again in 2008, the Celtics' 17th overall.


This list is up to the end of the 2018-19 regular season.

Note: Basketball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

Kenny Anderson was an All-Star with the New Jersey Nets four years before he was traded to Boston during the 1997-98 Season and the Point Guard was able to average double-digits (11.3) in the PPG stat over his four and have seasons with the team.  Peaking with the Celtics with a 14.0 PPG campaign in 1999-00, he would average 1.9 Steals per Game two years later, which would be good enough for ninth overall.
Brandon Bass played for the Boston Celtics for four seasons (2011-12 to 2014-15) and would start 224 of his 304 Games there.  Bass arrived in Boston via trade from Orlando, and in three of his seasons, he would average over 10 Points per Game, peaking at 12.5 in 2011-12, a career high.  He would overall average 10.6 Points and 5.5 Rebounds per Game for the franchise.
A two-time All-American at Ohio State, Jared Sullinger was the 21st Overall Draft Pick in 2012 where he would become the team's regular Power Forward in his second season.  The former Buckeye would post consecutive 13.3 PPG seasons in 2013-14 & 2014-15 and would have two seasons (2013-14 & 2015-16) where he had a Rebounds per Game average over eight.  Sullinger would also have a PER over 16 in three straight seasons in Boston (2013-14…
This one will take a while. First off, we feel guilty ranking Jim Loscutoff so low.  This man is iconic in Beantown and was one of the most popular players ever in the Celtics’ green.  Saying that, let’s focus on the positive. 
Chris Ford played most of his career with the Detroit Pistons before he was traded to Boston and the Shooting Guard would still have a lot left for his second and final NBA team.
We are going way back in the timeline for this one with Bob Harris, who played for the Celtics in the early 50’s when he was traded from the Fort Wayne Pistons early in the 1950-51 Season.  The former Oklahoma State Cowboy would be a good rebounder, finishing in the fringes of the top twenty in that stat per game twice and would average 7.1 boards per game overall as a Celtic.  He would also…
Avery Bradley would play the first seven seasons of his career in the National Basketball Association with the Boston Celtics.  His strength was clearly on the defensive side of the ball where he was a Second Team All-Defensive Selection in 2012-13 and a First Team All-Defensive choice in 2015-16.  Bradley would have decent Point production with his last four years in Boston seeing him average 15.0 Points per Game. 
Playing for the Boston Celtics for four and a half seasons, Rick Robey was used off the bench in the number 5 hole.  The Center was traded halfway through his rookie season (1978-79) and averaged 12.4 Points per Game the rest of the season, which he followed up with an 11.5 PPG in his first full year.  That season, Robey would help the Celtics win the 1981 NBA Champion, his second major title after leading…
The Celtics drafted Eric Williams 14th Overall out of Providence in 1995, and he played his first two seasons in the NBA there.  Williams was a starter in his second season and averaged an even 15.0 Points per Game, but he would be traded to the Denver Nuggets after where a torn ACL would see him only play 42 Games in two seasons there.
Mark Blount played his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh, and after a few years of minor league basketball, he would find an opportunity with the Boston Celtics.