Ranking the 20 greatest players to play for the Boston Celtics

Ranking the 20 greatest players to play for the Boston Celtics

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Ranking the 20 greatest players to play for the Boston Celtics

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1. Larry Bird

“Larry Legend” is arguably one of the smartest draft selections made by any team in any sport in any year. The Celtics chose Bird, a junior eligible, with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 draft. He did not sign with them, choosing to stay at Indiana State, which gained the NCAA championship game against Magic Johnson and Michigan State. The Celtics risked losing Bird, who would had he not signed before the 1979 draft. They were able to get him signed and what a coup it proved to be. Three times Bird was NBA MVP. Three times he was a champion, including being named Finals MVP twice. He was a 12-time All-Star in a career that saw him score 21,791 points. After retiring Bird eventually became coach of the Indiana Pacers. He led them to a 58-24 record in the 1997-98 season. Bird was named Coach of the Year, making him the only man to be league MVP and Coach of the Year.

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