Top 10 Celtics Shooters of All Time
Boasting seventeen championships and over twenty players in the Hall of Fame, the Boston Celtics franchise has arguably seen more great shooters than any other team in the league.
What follows is a ranking of the Boston Celtics' top ten shooters of all time.
Don't forget to add your comments as to who shouldn't have made the cut, what players were unfairly shafted, and what changes you would make to the rankings.
No. 10: Bill Walton
A Hall of Fame player whose career was ended all too short by injury, Walton had a deadly shot when healthy. He continues to be one of the greatest and enigmatic low post players of all time.
No. 9: Bob Cousy
Known best for his diminutive stature, dimes, and dribbling skills, "The Cous" ranks among the greatest Boston shooters of all time.
No. 8: Kevin McHale
Okay, that's a picture of "the clothesline". It has nothing to do with McHale's shooting since he dropped Rambis to the court on defense, but I couldn't resist throwing it in the mix.
Kevin McHale's game featured an arsenal of low post moves that has yet to be matched. A combination of hook and lean shots, foot work, fakes, and a unique mix of brute force with surprising agility, McHale is the low post player with the deepest set of scoring moves in the history of the NBA.
No. 7: Reggie Lewis
Although he passed away far too young in 1993, Reggie Lewis had already amassed a Celtics legacy for himself. A mix of solid longer range shots and a slashing game made him one of the most dynamic Boston players ever.
No. 6: Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce, quite simply, IS the "Truth". Hailing from Kansas University, Paul Pierce represents the tiny percentage of elite NBA players who could do it all: from three pointers to slashing layups and free throws to high-flying dunks. Pierce continues to rise toward the upper echelons of the Boston Celtics All-Time Scoring Leaders list. King of the clutch shot, Pierce has made as many as any current NBA player (yes, even Kobe).
No. 5: John Havlicek
Before Havlicek "stole the ball", he shot it. A lot. Havlicek is the Boston Celtics all-time scoring leader and regularly dominated games from his rookie year until his retirement with his dead-eye shooting.
No. 4: Pete Maravich
Although he only spent a brief time with the Boston Celtics at the tail end of his career Pete Maravich certainly warrants the number four spot for quality in place of quantity.
He was the Pistol, what more do I need to say?
No. 3: Bill Sharman
Bill Sharman is among the greatest NBA shooters of all time and was among the first NBA guards to break .400 in FGs.
No. 2: Ray Allen
Who could forget Mike Gorman's throwback call in 2007-08?
"Ray Allen. For the game... GOT IT!!!"
One of many clutch shooting performances, Ray Allen is known as an elite pure shooter. Ranking among the best to ever lace up a pair of high tops, Ray Allen sits just a season or two away from the all time three point field goals made mark set my Reggie Miller.
No. 1: Larry Bird
Larry Legend is widely regarded as the greatest shooter in the history of the NBA. He is what Magic Johnson was to the assist, Bill Russell to the block, and Michael Jordan to the dunk.
Larry had a strong low post game for a player his size, grew continually stronger from long range throughout his career, and was without a doubt the greatest midrange shooter in NBA history.
Nobody had more "Did he just make that?" shots than Larry Bird. Nobody.