The Perfect Celtic - Bird's the word on passing - top scorer/shooter?
Our readers voted Larry Bird as best all-time Celtics passer. Now we are on to the best all-time Celtic scorer/shooter in our Constructing the Green Garden God exercise.
We are looking at the whole package here - points scored, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free throw percentage. Who is the best all-time Celtics scorer/shooter? Paul Pierce holds the Celtics record for total points scored, ranking 15th all-time in the League. He is followed in order by John Havlicek, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Robert Parish and Larry Bird.
On field goal percentage, Kevin McHale is ranked 15th in the NBA at 55.4%. He is followed by Cedric Maxwell, Robert Parish and Al Horford. On 3-pointers, Ray Allen sits at 44th NBA ranking with 40.0%. No other Celtic makes the top-50.
On free throws, Ray Allen is 7th in the League, followed in order by Larry Bird, Bill Sharman, Isaiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving and Larry Siegfried - all in the top-50.
This is not about Clutch Time. That will be another category. Who is the top Celtic player that could be relied upon to score the points on a reliable basis. There is a lot of leeway on this one. Will Bird come away with his second category? Isaiah Thomas can not be ignored. Neither can Kyrie Irving. He didn't make the all-time points ranking because he hasn't been in the League long enough - but he is 22nd all-time NBA for points per game. And Sharman can't be left out because he played so long ago. Let us know what you think.
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