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Who was your favorite Boston Celtic ever? HoopsHype is going through and ranking the top 50 best players for each team in the association – so far they’ve done the Lakers, Heat, Knicks and now the Celtics. I recommend you check out the gallery, they have cool pictures for each guy. The list contains the who’s who of the great Celtics franchise, but as with all lists this one can be subjective to personal opinion.Whoever your favorite player was, you will definitely find him on this list somewhere. Except for my man Ricky Davis… what an atrocity. He was definitely better than Tony Allen, Tony ‘The Batman’ Battie and that flaker Rick Fox (thanks TB). Fine I'll throw him at:
51. Ricky Davis, 2003-2006: 16.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg.

Now let's get serious... I think up until the 20’s everyone is fair game, you can make an argument for this guy to be higher over that guy etc. but mid-twenties down I think is perfect. Most of these players were before my time so it’s hard to rank them higher then ones I’ve seen. I do think though that Dana Barros should be higher for sure and a big omission has got to be James Posey, he was CRUCIAL to that '08 title team. Antoine is also a little high for my liking, and I would love to put KG even higher but its hard to pick him over other guys. Besides that I wouldn't really change much, comment and we can discuss which guys you think should be higher.

50. Tony Battie, 1998-2004: 6.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg.
49. Bill Walton, 1985-1987: 7.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg - One NBA title with Celtics.
48. Rick Robey, 1978-1983: 8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg - One NBA title with Celtics.
47. M.L. Carr, 1979-1985: 6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
46. Tony Allen, 2004-2010: 7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg - One NBA title with Celtics.
45. Chuck Cooper, 1950-1954: 6.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg.
44. Walter McCarty, 1997-2005: 5.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg.
43. Steve Kuberski, 1969-1974 and 1975-1978: 5.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
42. Dana Barros, 1995-2000 and 2003-2004: 10.1 ppg, 3.3 apg.
41. Sherman Douglas, 1991-1996: 11.1 ppg, 6.8 apg.
40. Kenny Anderson, 1997-2002: 11.3 ppg, 5.2 apg.
39. Rick Fox, 1991-1997: 10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg.
38. Eric Williams, 1995-1997 and 1999-2004: 9.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg.
37. Kendrick Perkins, 2003-2011: 6.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg - One NBA title with Celtics.
36. Dino Radja, 1993-1997: 16.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg.
35. Chris Ford, 1978-1982: 10.3 ppt, 3.3 apg - One NBA title with Celtics.
34. Gerald Henderson, 1979-1984: 8.8 ppg, 2.8 apg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
33. Jim Loscutoff, 1955-1964: 6.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg - Seven NBA titles with Celtics.
32. Kevin Gamble ,1988-1994: 11.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg.
31. Dee Brown, 1990-1998: 11.6 ppg, 4.0 apg.
30. Larry Siegfried, 1963-1970: 11.6 ppg, 3.3 apg - Five NBA titles with Celtics.
29. Bailey Howell, 1966-1970: 18.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
28. Tiny Archibald, 1978-1983: 12.5 ppg, 7.1 apg - One NBA title with Celtics.
27. Paul Silas, 1972-1976: 11.5 ppg, 12.3 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
26. Don Chaney, 1968-1975 and 1978-1980: 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
25. Ed Macauley, 1950-1956: 17.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg.
24. Ray Allen, 2007-2012: 16.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.7 apg - One NBA title with Celtics.
23. Antoine Walker, 1996-2003: 20.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 4.1 apg.
22. K.C. Jones, 1958-1967: 7.4 ppg, 4.3 apg, 3.5 rpg - Eight NBA titles with Celtics.
21. Danny Ainge, 1981-1989: 11.3 ppg, 4.4 apg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
20. Reggie Lewis, 1987-1993: 17.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg.
19. Frank Ramsey, 1954-1955 and 1956-1964: 13.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg - Seven NBA titles with Celtics.
18. Rajon Rondo, 2006-present: 11.1 ppg, 8.3 apg, 4.5 rpg - One NBA title with Celtics.
17. Cedric Maxwell, 1977-1985: 13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.3 apg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
16. Dennis Johnson, 1983-1990: 12.6 ppg, 6.4 apg, 3.2 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
15. Tom Sanders, 1960-1973: 9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg - Eight NBA titles with Celtics.
14. Don Nelson, 1965-1976: 11.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg - Five NBA titles with Celtics.
13. Bill Sharman, 1951-1961: 18.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.0 apg - Four NBA titles with Celtics.
12. Tom Heinsohn, 1956-1965: 18.6 ppg, 8.8 rpg - Eight NBA titles with Celtics.
11. Kevin Garnett, 2007-2013: 15.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.7 apg - One NBA title with Celtics.
10. Jo Jo White, 1969-1979: 18.4 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.3 rpg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
9. Sam Jones, 1957-1969: 17.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg - Ten NBA titles with Celtics.
8. Dave Cowens, 1970-1980: 18.2 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 3.9 apg - Two NBA titles with Celtics.
7. Robert Parish, 1980-1994: 16.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.5 bpg - Three NBA titles with Celtics.
6. Kevin McHale, 1980-1993: 17.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg - Three NBA titles with Celtics.
5. Bob Cousy, 1950-1963: 18.5 ppg, 7.6 apg, 5.2 rpg - Six NBA titles with Celtics.
4. Paul Pierce, 1998-2013: 21.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.9 apg - One NBA title with Celtics.
3. John Havlicek, 1962-1978: 20.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 4.8 apg - Eight NBA titles with Celtics.
2. Larry Bird, 1979-1992: 24.3 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 6.3 apg, 1.7 spg - Three NBA titles with Celtics.
1. Bill Russell, 1956-1969: 15.1 ppg, 22.5 rpg, 4.3 apg - Eleven NBA titles with Celtics.


In honor of Bill Russell obviously being number one, I’m going to include my all-time favorite picture of him. I hope you enjoyed this list as much as I did, let me know who you think should be higher! HoopsHype did an awesome job with this list - here's the link to the gallery, you gotta check it out.



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Matt Mackay 8/01/2013 09:08:00 AM Edit
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