58 Facts About Boston Celtics


Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston.

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The Boston Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division.

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The Boston Celtics are one of the most successful basketball teams in NBA history.

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The Boston Celtics currently hold the record for the most recorded wins of any NBA team.

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Boston Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, which was heavily highlighted throughout the 1960s and 1980s.

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Four Boston Celtics players have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards.

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Boston Celtics' rise to dominance began in the late 1950s, after the team, led by coach Red Auerbach, acquired center Bill Russell, who would become the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics dynasty, in a draft-day trade in 1956.

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In 1950, the Boston Celtics signed Chuck Cooper, becoming the first NBA franchise to draft a black player.

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Boston Celtics struggled during their early years, until the hiring of coach Red Auerbach.

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One of the first great players to join the Boston Celtics was Bob Cousy, whom Auerbach initially refused to draft out of nearby Holy Cross because he was "too flashy".

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However, with the acquisition of K C Jones that year, the Celtics began a dynasty that would last for more than a decade.

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In 1959, the Boston Celtics won the NBA Championship after sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers, the first of their record eight consecutive championships.

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In 1964, the Boston Celtics became the first NBA team to have an all African-American starting lineup.

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Boston Celtics won its next 11 games with Naulls starting in place of Heinsohn.

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The Boston Celtics returned to the playoffs the next year, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals in 1974 for their 12th NBA Championship.

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Boston Celtics owned two of the top eight picks in the 1978 NBA draft.

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Boston Celtics sent Freeman Williams, Kevin Kunnert, and Kermit Washington to the Braves for "Tiny" Archibald, Billy Knight, and Marvin Barnes.

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Auerbach almost left Boston Celtics to take a job with the New York Knicks as a result.

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Boston Celtics then used the pick the Celtics obtained from Golden State to select University of Minnesota power forward Kevin McHale.

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The Boston Celtics went on to win the 1981 NBA Championship over the Houston Rockets, with Maxwell being named NBA Finals MVP.

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In 1983 the Boston Celtics were swept in the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks; afterwards, Fitch resigned and the team was sold to new owners led by Don Gaston.

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Boston Celtics won the second pick in the 1986 NBA draft and drafted University of Maryland star Len Bias, one of the most heralded prospects of his era.

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In 1988, the Boston Celtics lost in six games to the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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In 1994, the Celtics hired former player and legendary towel-waving cheerleader M L Carr as the team's new vice president of basketball operations.

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The Boston Celtics signed aging Dominique Wilkins as a free agent, who led the team in scoring with 17.

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The Boston Celtics made the playoffs, losing to the heavily favored Orlando Magic in 4 games.

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Boston Celtics received the third and sixth draft picks in the 1997 NBA draft, and used the picks to select a brand new backcourt through Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer.

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However, the Boston Celtics continued to struggle as Pitino failed to achieve meaningful success.

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In return, the Boston Celtics received the often-injured Raef LaFrentz, Chris Mills, Jiri Welsch, and a first-round pick in 2004.

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The Boston Celtics made the playoffs, only to be swept in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, losing all 4 games by blowout margins.

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The Boston Celtics selected Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo, who was to become a key piece in the team's revival.

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At first, the Boston Celtics received a much-needed boost from guard Tony Allen but he tore his ACL and MCL on a needless dunk attempt after the whistle.

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The Boston 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.

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The Boston Celtics then beat the Detroit Pistons in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, winning two road games.

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The 2009 Boston Celtics still finished with 62 victories, but their playoff run would end against the Magic in the second round.

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The Boston Celtics made the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

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The Boston Celtics faced the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing in seven games to the eventual NBA champions.

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Boston Celtics departed the Celtics to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Celtics received a 2015 unprotected first-round pick as compensation.

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The Boston Celtics were swept by the second seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round.

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The 76ers would go on to draft Fultz, while the Boston Celtics used the third pick to select freshman forward Jayson Tatum.

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The Boston Celtics finished the regular season place fourth in the Eastern Conference.

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Boston Celtics have won the first eight finals meetings, while the Lakers won three of last four.

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Boston Celtics were once rivals of the New Jersey Nets during the early 2000s due to their respective locations and their burgeoning stars.

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The Nets were led by Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, while the Boston Celtics were experiencing newfound success behind Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.

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The rivalry began to heat up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, which was preceded by trash-talking from the Boston Celtics who claimed Martin was a "fake" tough guy.

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However, the rivalry between the Nets and the Boston Celtics appeared significantly cooled off by the June 2013 blockbuster trade that dealt Boston Celtics stars Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets in exchange for Wallace, Humphries, and others.

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The rivalry has since dissipated as the Boston Celtics have retooled their roster but their match-ups are still seen as significant as they played on Christmas in 2017.

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Boston Celtics are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for an NBA record 17 championships.

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Boston Celtics have won 8 in a row and 11 championships in 13 years.

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Boston Celtics hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA.

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Much of their history, the Boston Celtics wore green uniforms on the road and white uniforms at home.

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The basic template of the current Boston Celtics' uniforms was formalized in the 1950s, and along the way they made a few adjustments in the lettering and stripes.

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In January 2017, the Boston Celtics signed a multi-year deal with General Electric where they became the "exclusive Data and Analytics partner" for the team.

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In November 2020, the Boston Celtics signed a multi-year deal with Vistaprint who became the main jersey sponsor of the team.

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From 2005 to 2017, the Celtics wore alternate green uniforms with black lettering and trim featuring the word "Boston" on the front side.

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The Boston Celtics released a second "Earned" uniform after qualifying in the 2020 NBA playoffs; this design features a dark green base with Celtic and lime green striping, and the letters were rendered in Celtic green with white trim.

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Boston Celtics were the only team to wear warmup jackets with the player names on the back.

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Boston Celtics Communications is a broadcasting division of the Celtics.

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