The Boston Celtics are a franchise rich in great players and championships. The turn of the century has been no different in terms of great teams and hall of fame players for the Celtics. If we were to make a team based on all of the players that have donned a Celtics uniform since the beginning of the century, who would make the cut? (Hint: The guys in the cover photo passed the test)
Al Horford (2017-2018) 12.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 4.7 APG
What he lacks in size he makes up for in speed and versatility at the center position. Horford is a do it all as the 5 with the ability to knock down the 3 and make the extra pass. He gets the nod as the starting center on this squad.
Kendrick Perkins (2008-2009) 8.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.3 APG
Those late 2000 Celtics teams were legendary, and they wouldn’t have won a championship in 2008 without Perkins. The 2009 team would’ve won the championship if Perkins wasn’t hurt for that game 7 (that’s a story for another day). Few players can bang down low with Perkins as he brings the heart and strength to this team.
Kevin Garnett (2007-2008) 18.8 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 3.4 APG
The player who wears his heart on his sleeve. The big ticket. Anything is
possible with this man in your starting 5.
Antoine Walker (2000-2001) 23.4 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 5.5 APG
Several early playoffs runs with the next man on this list showed his worth to the Celtics. Walker was a solid stretch 4 who could handle the rock. On this squad, he would help as a bench presence who’s capable of scoring in bunches.
Paul Pierce (2005-2006) 26.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 4.7 APG
The truth is an example of what every Celtic fan wants out of their superstars. The obvious leader of this team.
Jeff Green (2013-2014) 16.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.7 APG
A go-to player during the transitioning years for the Celtics, he provided some much-needed punch up against the great LeBron James lead Heat teams. He’s a solid addition for this squad.
Ray Allen (2007-2008) 17.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.1 APG
Allen was the perfect complement to those championship Celtics teams. His 3-point range was limitless and would provide immediate spark if this team were to run into a funk.
Tony Allen (2006-2007) 11.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.7 APG
One of the best defenders in the league always took the pressure off of the big 3 on the defensive end while guarding the league’s best.
Rajon Rondo (2011-2012) 11.9 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 11.7 APG
A walking triple double when necessary, Rondo was essential to the Celtics success.
Isaiah Thomas (2016-2017) 28.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 5.9 APG
It’s crazy how one season can change the league’s perception of IT. He was the heart and soul of last season’s team and played through adversity.
Rest of the Bench:
Kyrie Irving (2017-2018) 24.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 5.1 APG
The man with the best handles in the league, Kyrie would come off the bench as a ball handler/shooter.
Eddie House (2007-2008) 7.5 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.9 APG
House clearly played in the wrong generation, as he would be an essential piece for contenders as a 3-point specialist. Few are as deadly from behind the line as he was.
Brian Scalabrine (2006-2007) 4.0 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.1 APG
The white mamba couldn’t be left off the squad, if anything, just to give out high fives and fist bumps while warming up the bench.