The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team that plays their games at the Boston curse. They are currently the most participates team in the NBA, with their own locker room, dressing room, and weight room. They have also worked on their own off-the-court project: the Boston Celtics United Weal.
In this Boston Celtics Overview, Red’s Army will walk you through all of the information about this basketball team.
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HH sets their price in a Kevin Durant trade.
It’s looking increasingly like Kevin Durant will be traded from the Brooklyn Nets as he attempted a franchise takeover during a meeting with Joe Tsai this past weekend, demanding GM Sean Marks and head coach Steve Nash go if he isn’t traded.
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Kevin Durant sees Boston Celtics as desired landing spot; wants to play with Marcus Smart
A busy day in the Kevin Durant-Brooklyn Nets trade rumor saga. Per SNY’s Ian Begley, the Brooklyn Nets star sees the Boston Celtics as the desired landing spot for a potential trade.
However, there is reportedly some hesitation among the Celtics’ front offices to make a deal because of the Nets’ high asking price for Durant. There has also been pushback that trade was even being discussed between the two teams.
Nevertheless, if Durant wants to play with Marcus Smart, it could make a trade more likely.
Brooklyn Nets reportedly asked for Jaylen Brown AND Jayson Tatum for Kevin Durant
As the Brooklyn Nets keep the Kevin Durant trade saga alive in a fairly stagnant part of the NBA news cycle, new details are percolating via various outlets. One of those outlets is the Boston Globe, which recently shared rumbles suggesting how aggressively the Nets have been trying to trade Durant.
According to the Globe, Brooklyn initially tried to pry both Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown from Boston but was shot down by the Celtics. However, the Nets later shifted their focus to a potential deal centered on Brown, Marcus Smart, and a massive haul of future first-round draft picks.
Still, the Celtics were uninterested, according to the Globe. Interestingly, the Globe beat writer also shared that despite the now famous “SMH.”
Boston Celtics History
1946–1950: The Initial Years
The Boston Celtics were established as a franchise in the Basketball Association of America on June 6, 1946, , by Boston Garden-Arena Corporation president Walter A. Brown. The team then joined the National Basketball Association after the BAA absorbed the National Basketball League in the fall of 1949.
The Celtics selected Chuck Cooper in 1950, making them the first NBA team to select a player of color. The Celtics were founded by Chuck Connors, better known as The Rifleman, in 1946.
1950–1957: Arrival of Bob Cousy and Red Auerbach
The Celtics’ ascent to supremacy started in the late 1950s, with the team’s acquisition of center Bill Russell, who would later serve as the dynasty’s cornerstone, in a draft-day deal in 1956, under the direction of head coach Red Auerbach. The Celtics won their first NBA title in 1957 under the leadership of Russell and pointed guard, Bob Cousy.
1956–1969: Bill Russell Era
The 1957 NBA Finals saw Bill Russell lead the Celtics to victory over the St. Louis Hawks in seven games, the first of a record-breaking 17 championships. Russell eventually went on to win 11 titles, making him the NBA’s all-time most decorated player.
The Celtics made it to the NBA Finals one more time in 1958, but this time they were defeated by the Hawks in six games. However, the Celtics started a dynasty that would run for more than ten years with the signing of K.C. Jones that year.
The Celtics swept the Minneapolis Lakers to win the NBA Championship in 1959, the first of a record-setting eight straight titles for the team.
The Celtics made history by having the first all-African-American starting lineup in the NBA in 1964.
One of the most dominant teams in history is generally regarded as the Celtics of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Russell’s retirement following the 1969 campaign officially put an end to the Celtics dynasty, who had won an unprecedented 11 NBA championships in 13 seasons. The team’s winning streak of eight straight championships is the longest in the annals of American professional sports.
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1970–1978: Cowens–Havlicek–White era
In 1970, the Celtics had their first losing season in over 50 years. However, with the acquisition of Paul Silas and future Hall of Famers Dave Cowens and Jo Jo White, the Celtics soon became dominant again.
After losing in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1972, the Celtics regrouped and came out determined in 1973 and posted an excellent 68-14 regular-season record. But the season ended in disappointment, as they were upset in seven games by the New York Knicks in the Conference Finals.
In 1978, the Celtics drafted Larry Bird with their sixth overall pick. Despite being a rookie, Bird showed promise and helped lead the team to another championship in 1978. The Celtics retained his rights for one year and signed him soon after he led Indiana State to the NCAA championship game.
1979–1992: Larry Bird era
In 1979, Larry Bird and Robert Parish joined the Celtics, changing the team from a struggling franchise to a powerhouse. Brown trades for Bob McAdoo, who was a former scoring champion, without consulting Auerbach. This leads to tension between the two men.
In 1979, the Celtics went 29-53, selling to Harry Mangurian. With new ownership in place, Auerbach makes a number of moves that bring the team back to prominence. The “Big Three” Of Bird, McHale and Parish played together until 1992 and won three championships.
In 1983, the Celtics, led by new coach K.C. Jones went 62-20 and returned to the NBA Finals after a three-year hiatus. The Celtics returned from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Lakers for their 15th championship. Bird renewed his college rivalry with Lakers star Magic Johnson during this series.
Following the season, Auerbach officially retired as general manager but maintained the position of team president. Jan Volk succeeded him. In 1985, the Lakers and Celtics met again in the Finals, with the Lakers winning. This was the first time the Lakers had defeated the Celtics in the Finals and the only time the team had won a championship at Boston Garden.
During the following off-season, the Celtics acquired Bill Walton from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Cedric Maxwell.
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1993–1998: Rebuilding years
In the early 1990s, the Boston Celtics were one of the most successful teams in the NBA. However, their success came at a cost. The team’s veteran stars–Bird, Parish, McHale, and Robert Williams–were slowly aging and starting to miss games.
In order to keep the team afloat, coach Chris Ford was forced to rebuild. The team’s new hope was 26-year-old Reggie Lewis, a small forward out of Northeastern University. Lewis had recently suffered a heart attack, but doctors cleared him to return to the court.
Before he could make his comeback, Lewis died of a heart attack while shooting baskets at Brandeis University.
The Celtics honored Lewis’ memory by retiring his number 35. With McHale having retired after the Celtics’ playoff loss to the Hornets, Boston’s original Big 3 era came to an end.
1998–2013: Paul Pierce era
In 1998, the Celtics selected Paul Pierce with their 10th overall pick in the NBA draft. Pierce had an immediate impact, averaging 19.5 points and being named Rookie of the Month in February.
However, the Celtics continued to struggle, and Pitino resigned in January 2001. Following the resignation, the Celtics saw modest improvement under coach Jim O’Brien. Paul Pierce matured into an NBA star and was ably complemented by Antoine Walker and the other players acquired over the years.
The team made it back to the playoffs but was swept by the Nets in the second round. Before their elimination, the team hired former Celtics guard Danny Ainge as general manager. Ainge believed the team had reached its peak and promptly sent Antoine Walker to the Dallas Mavericks.
2004–2007: Arrival of Doc Rivers
A young, rebuilding Celtics team under new coach Doc Rivers struggles through a dismal 2006-07 season. Key losses include point guard Paul Pierce to injury, leading to the team’s 18-game losing streak, and veteran forward Antoine Walker to free agency.
Despite this, the Celtics still manage to secure the second-worst record in the NBA and are hopeful of landing a high draft pick to help rebuild the franchise. In the Draft Lottery, they fall to fifth but are still hopeful for the future.
2007–2012: New “Big Three”: Pierce, Allen, and Garnett era
In 2007, Danny Ainge made a series of moves that returned the Celtics to prominence. They traded Jeff Green, Wally Szczerbiak, and Delonte West to Seattle for perennial All-Star Ray Allen and Seattle’s second-round pick.
The Celtics then traded Ryan Gomes, Gerald Green, Al Jefferson, Theo Ratliff, Sebastian Telfair, and a first-round draft pick to the Timberwolves in exchange for superstar power forward Kevin Garnett.
These moves created a new “Big Three” Of Pierce, Allen, and Garnett. In the 2007-08 season, the Celtics completed the largest single-season turnaround in NBA history. They went 66-16 in the regular season, a 42-game improvement over its 2006-07 record. However, their playoff run would end against the Magic in the second round.
In the 2009 NBA season, Garnett and Rasheed Wallace returned from injuries, and the Celtics started 23-5. However, Rivers decided to lessen their aging stars’ minutes to keep them fresh for the playoffs.
As a result, the Celtics sputtered to an even 27-27 record the rest of the way and finished the 2009-10 regular season with a 50-32 record. Despite being the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics managed to make the NBA Finals.
Rajon Rondo emerged as a star during postseason play. For the 12th time, the Celtics faced the Lakers in the Finals. After taking a 3-2 lead heading into Los Angeles for Game Six, the Celtics appeared poised to win their 18th title.
However, starting center Kendrick Perkins suffered a severe knee injury early in Game Six, and the Celtics went on to lose the series in seven games.
2013–2016: Post-Pierce era
In the off-season, head coach Doc Rivers was allowed to terminate his contract. He departed the Celtics to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Celtics received a 2015 unprotected first-round pick as compensation.
A few days later, Pierce, Garnett (who waived a no-trade clause), Jason Terry, and D. J. White were traded to the Brooklyn Nets for Keith Bogans, MarShon Brooks, Kris Humphries, Kris Joseph, Gerald Wallace, and three future first-round draft picks (2014, 2016, 2018), together with the right to swap 2017 first-round picks with Brooklyn.
The deal marked the start of a youth movement for the team. On July 3, 2013, the Celtics announced that Brad Stevens, the head coach of Butler University, would replace Doc Rivers as head coach.
2016–present: Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum era
The Celtics are a successful team with a history of drafting well. In 2016, they drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick in the draft. He is a tenacious defender with raw athletic ability who has since developed into an elite offensive threat.
After a hip injury ended Thomas’ impressive playoff run, the Celtics traded Kyrie Irving to the Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick.
This additional draft pick (Celtics’ 2020 second round) was later added to the package from the Celtics to the Cavaliers after doctors revealed that Thomas’s injury was more significant than initially anticipated.
In the off-season, four of the Celtics’ original players left the team. Marcus Smart is the longest-tenured Celtic from the 2014 NBA draft, and Hayward is the only player remaining from the 2016-17 team.
In their opening night game against the Cavaliers, Hayward suffered a fractured tibia and dislocated ankle in his left leg, causing him to be ruled out for the rest of the regular season. Despite the loss, the Celtics went on a 16-game winning streak, which also went down as the fourth-longest winning streak in the team’s history.
The streak started with a 102-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on October 20 and ended on November 22 at the hands of the Miami Heat with a 98-104 loss. The Celtics finished the year with a 55-27 record, good enough for second place in the Eastern Conference.
After the suspension of the 2019-20 NBA season, the Celtics were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA Bubble to participate in the final 8 games of the regular season.
In the 2020 playoffs, the Celtics swept the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, beat the Toronto Raptors in a seven-game series, and fell to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games.
Boston struggled with injuries in the 2020-21 season, with Walker, Tatum and Brown all missing games at different points in the season due to injury and COVID-19. The injury of Brown was particularly impactful as he would miss the playoffs.
Boston could not automatically qualify for the playoffs and was sent to the play-in tournament, where they defeated the Washington Wizards 119-100. In the playoffs, they lost to the Brooklyn Nets in five games.
Los Angeles Lakers
The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers is one of the most intense in NBA history. The two teams have met in the Finals a record twelve times, with the Celtics winning eight of those meetings.
However, the rivalry was renewed in 2008 when the Celtics and Lakers met in the Finals for the first time since 1987. The Lakers won in six games, but the rivalry is still very much alive.
The rivalry between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks dates back to the 1949-50 season, when the Tri-Cities Blackhawks joined the NBA as part of the National Basketball League and the Basketball Association of America merger.
The two teams have faced each other eleven times in the NBA Playoffs, four times in the NBA Finals, with the Celtics winning ten of twelve series against the Hawks, including three out of four NBA Finals. However, the rivalry intensified in 2016 with Hawks All-Star Center Al Horford spurning the team and joining the Celtics.
In the early 2000s, the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the New Jersey Nets was fierce. The two teams were located in close proximity to each other and their respective stars – Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin for the Nets and Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker for the Celtics. The rivalry began to heat up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, which was preceded by trash-talking from the Celtics.
Things progressed as the series started, and on-court tensions seemed to spill into the stands. Celtics fans berated Kidd and his family with chants of “Wife Beater!” In response to Kidd’s 2001 domestic abuse charge. When asked about the fan barbs being traded, Kenyon Martin stated, “Our fans hate them, their fans hate us.”
The 1980s saw the height of the rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Detroit Pistons, which included players like Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, and Dennis Rodman, and Joe Dumars.
Between 1985 and 1991, these teams faced off five times in the NBA playoffs; the Pistons prevailed on their route to back-to-back Finals visits in 1988 and their championship seasons in 1989 and 1990, while the Celtics prevailed in 1985 and 1987.
The Celtics, led by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, defeated the Pistons in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals in six games to proceed to the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Lakers in six games as well.
New York Knicks
The NBA’s Atlantic division is where both the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks play, which is where their rivalry began. The rivalry between the Boston and New York teams is just one of many. The only two original NBA teams who have continued to play in the same city throughout their existence are Boston and New York.
During the regular season, the teams faced off in 512 games, with the Celtics coming out on top 276 times. Additionally, the two clubs have met 61 times in the playoffs, with the Celtics coming out on top 34 times.
With 19 series played between them, the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers have faced off the most in the NBA playoffs. The Celtics have taken 12 of those series. The Celtics’ main competition in the Eastern Conference is thought to be the 76ers.
The rivalry peaked when Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell of the Philadelphia 76ers faced off against one another from 1965 to 1968. Due to their performance, the Celtics did not win every NBA Finals series in the 1960s until the 76ers triumphed in 1967.
In the 1984-85 season, the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards had a physical altercation that led to both teams being suspended. The rivalry intensified in 2015-16 when Jae Crowder was given a technical foul after exchanging words with then Wizards coach Randy Wittman.
Wall hit Smart with a flagrant 2 foul in their first meeting of the 2016-17 season, which sparked the rivalry to new heights. In their next meeting, the Celtics won 117-108, but Wall and Crowder continued to exchange words in front of the Wizards bench. Crowder ended up trying to jab his finger at Wall’s nose, and Wall tried to fight back with a slap.
Teammates and coaches from both sides had to step in and separate the two teams, but the players continued to yell while entering their respective locker rooms. Police officers had to be on guard between the two locker rooms to ensure no further confrontation.
Records, Honors, and Retirement Numbers
With 17 championships total, the Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers share the NBA record. The Celtics have won 11 titles in 13 years and 8 in a row. They have also participated in 56 postseason games.
The Celtics have 48 members in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, more than any other American sports team, and 23 of their jersey numbers have been retired.
Celtics – According to team owner Walter Brown, the moniker was chosen because “Boston is full of Irishman.” Whirlwinds, Olympians, and Unicorns were all considered, but team owner Walter Brown personally selected Celtics as the name for Boston’s Basketball Association of America squad in 1946.
No team with an Irish name has ever won a darned thing in Boston, one of his publicity aides warned Brown, but Brown admired the winning tradition of the nickname; the New York Celtics were a prosperous team in the 1920s.
The Boston Celtics have been associated with the Lucky leprechaun logo since 1968. The lucky Leprechaun logo has been used in various forms over the years, but the most popular variant is the white shamrock with “Celtics” Written above it.
There have also been alternative logos with the leprechaun, including a gold-trimmed version and a newer, silhouette-based variant. The Celtics have been one of the most successful teams in the NBA for many years, and their Lucky leprechaun logo is an important part of that history.
The Boston Celtics are one of the most storied franchises in all sports, and their uniforms are no exception. Over the years, they have switched from wearing green uniforms on the road to white uniforms at home, and now they have a new logo that is prominently displayed on their uniforms.
Under Nike’s new contract with the Celtics, G.E. will be the team’s exclusive data and analytics partner, and their logo will appear on the left shoulder of the jerseys.
The Celtics have worn a variety of uniforms throughout their history, but in recent years they’ve had a new uniform set that has become popular among fans.
The “Statement” Uniforms were designed by Nike and featured green letters with white trim, green panels with black shamrock, and white player names prominently featured on the front. Starting in 2021, the team will also wear the Jordan Brand logo on their uniforms.
The Celtics had worn special St. Patrick’s Day uniforms each year since 2006 when they took on a green/gold look inspired by the Irish flag. The current uniforms are sleeveless and feature the city name in front.
For the first time in 2016 and 2017, the uniforms also featured a green shamrock on the left leg. In 2021, the Auerbach signature and quotation (see 2021 “City” Uniform) and 17 shamrocks representing each championship season surrounded the jock tag on the players’ jerseys. The team was looking forward to another successful season.
The Boston Celtics wear a commemorative black band on the left shoulder strap of their jerseys to honor members of the team’s family who have died. The band has been worn ten times, most recently in honor of Dennis Johnson and John Havlicek in the 2006-07 season.
The Celtics have honored deceased members of the team with a black band on the left shoulder strap of their jersey. The first time the band was worn was in 1964 for Walter Brown, and it has been featured ten times since. The most recent time it was featured was in 2019 for David Stern and Kobe Bryant.
In the early 1970s, the Celtics changed their sneaker color to green in order to be more visible on television. However, by 1985, they reverted back to wearing black sneakers because of the difficulty of producing the right shade of Celtic green.
In 2009, the NBA relaxed its rules on specified sneaker colors, and current Celtics players are now seen wearing custom-made and personalized sneakers at home and on the road. However, for the most part, they wear either green, white or black sneakers.
The Celtics warmup jackets with player names on the back were discontinued after the 2011-12 season in favor of a templated jacket design common to all 30 teams.
2021-22 Boston Celtics Roster and Stats
- Record: 51-31, Finished 2nd in NBA Eastern Conference
- Coach: Ime Udoka (51-31)
- Executive: Brad Stevens, Danny Ainge
- PTS/G: 111.8 (12th of 30) Opp PTS/G: 104.5 (1st of 30)
- SRS: 7.02 (1st of 30) Pace: 96.6 (24th of 30)
- Off Rtg: 114.4 (7th of 30) Def Rtg: 106.9 (2nd of 30) Net Rtg: +7.5 (2nd of 30)
- Expected W-L: 59-23 (2nd of 30)
- Preseason Odds: Championship +4000, Over-Under 45.5
- Arena: TD Garden Attendance: 727,928 (10th of 30)
NBA 2022 Playoffs:
- Won NBA Eastern Conference First Round (4-0) versus Brooklyn Nets
- Won NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals (4-3) versus Milwaukee Bucks
- Won NBA Eastern Conference Finals (4-3) versus Miami Heat
- Lost NBA Finals (2-4) versus Golden State Warriors
|Most minutes played|
|Jo Jo White||26,770|
|Jo Jo White||3,686|
|Dave Cowens and Reggie Lewis||569|
|Most three-pointers made|
Boston Celtics Current Roster
|44||Robert Williams III||Center-Forward|
In the history of the Celtics, there have been 17 head coaches. Red Auerbach, who has led the team to nine NBA titles, is the franchise’s most successful head coach. Legendary Celtics coach Bill Russell succeeded Auerbach in the role and guided the team to two NBA titles while simultaneously playing and coaching.
Tom Heinsohn and K. C. Jones are the other two coaches who have led their teams to two NBA championships. Doc Rivers, the most recent coach to do it, and Bill Fitch both guided the Celtics to one NBA championship. The team’s current head coach is Ime Udoka.
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