Founded in 1946, the Boston Celtics have been the NBA's most successful franchise throughout their existence. They have won 17 NBA titles and have seen a number of great players don green jerseys over the past six decades.
From recent stars like Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to top-10 all-time talents like Bill Russell and Larry Bird, Boston fans have been lucky enough to watch some of the game's best players pace the floor throughout the Celtics' history.
In compiling a ranking of the 25 best Celtics players ever, many factors were considered beyond just statistics. It is practically impossible to compare Pierce and Tom Sanders or Reggie Lewis by just looking at stat lines. Instead, this slideshow takes into account the era the player was active in, the success of their teams and their own individual accolades.
As the Celtics begin a new era of basketball, let's take some time to reflect on the 25 greatest players in the history of the franchise.
Statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.