62 Facts About Celtics


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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Celtics dynasty, in a draft-day trade in 1956.

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Boston Celtics were formed on June 6,1946, by Boston Garden-Arena Corporation president Walter A Brown as a team in the Basketball Association of America, and became part of the National Basketball Association after the absorption of the National Basketball League by the BAA in the fall of 1949.

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

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

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The 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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Cowens was the hero in Game 7, scoring 28 points, as the Celtics brought the title back to Boston for the first time in five years.

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

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Celtics picked up point guard Gerald Henderson from the CBA.

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

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

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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 Celtics continued to struggle as Pitino failed to achieve meaningful success.

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

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

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

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

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

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On July 3,2013, the Celtics announced that Brad Stevens, the head coach of Butler University, would replace Doc Rivers as head coach.

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The 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 Celtics used the third pick to select freshman forward Jayson Tatum.

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

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On July 6,2019, the Celtics officially acquired Walker in a sign and trade with the Charlotte Hornets; the Celtics sent guard Terry Rozier and a protected 2020 second-round draft pick to Charlotte in exchange for Walker and a 2020 second-round draft pick.

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On July 1,2019, the Celtics agreed to a two-year contract with center Enes Kanter.

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On June 2,2021, the Celtics named head coach Brad Stevens as president of basketball operations replacing Danny Ainge after he announced his retirement.

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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 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 Celtics who claimed Martin was a "fake" tough guy.

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However, the rivalry between the Nets and the Celtics appeared significantly cooled off by the June 2013 blockbuster trade that dealt 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 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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Celtics are tied with the Los Angeles Lakers for an NBA record 17 championships.

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

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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 Celtics wore green uniforms on the road and white uniforms at home.

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The basic template of the current 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 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 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 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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The Celtics have worn a black band for reasons not directly related to the franchise, such as the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, and the death of Isaiah Thomas' younger sister during the 2017 NBA playoffs.

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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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