This article is in response to Tom Smith’s article about the Top 10 Lakers. Tom, one of the better writers on Bleacher Report in my opinion, is a passionate Celtics fan who bleeds green. So naturally, he hates anything to do with purple and gold.
The Lakers and Celtics rivalry is perhaps the best rivalry in sports. Unlike the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, these two teams have won more than half of their league’s championships. They also have met 12 times in the championship round, something that the Red Sox and Yankees can never do.
The passions run deep between the two teams, with a whole slew of names and taunts thrown between the sides. When the Lakers come to play in Boston, fans are quick to shout out the “Beat LA” chants. Not to be outdone, Lakers fans reciprocate with “Boston sucks” chants when the Celtics are in town.
Although I am a Lakers fan, I have the utmost respect for the Boston Celtics, as the team is one of the best franchises in professional sports. The team is rich in history as fans have witnessed some of the greatest hoops players to ever grace the hardwood.
So in the sport of having a bit of fun in response to Tom’s article, I wanted to give Celtics fans an outsider’s perspective of the top 10 Celtics players in franchise history.
Criteria I normally use in ranking players are overall offensive game (shooting, scoring, playmaking), overall defensive game (help defense, man-to-man defense, rebounds), clutch ability, leadership ability, and the ability to play well across different NBA eras. And of course, winning titles is a must, especially for Celtics players.
In addition, in this particular ranking, I highly considered players who either were Celtics for their whole careers or had their most dominant seasons wearing the green and white.
Please let me know in your comments if you agree with the rankings or where I went wrong.
Without further ado, I present the 10 greatest Celtics players.