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The Celtics are a professional team based in Boston, and they’re part of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division, with their home court being the TD Garden.

Boston Celtics Brief History

The team was founded back in 1946 as one of the NBA’s original eight franchises.

Indeed, Boston is one of the most successful teams in the history of the National Basketball Association, having won the most championships, with 17.

The team began as part of the Basketball Association of America and became part of the NBA after it absorbed the NBL by the Basketball Association of America in 1949.

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Boston Celtics Interesting Facts

1- Their nickname, and their mascot “Lucky the Leprechaun,” are representative of Boston’s large Irish population.

2 - Despite being the team with the most titles in the league, the Celtics struggled to get a championship for a long time.

3 - Their latest title was acquired back in 2008, and the one before that one was obtained back in 1986, which means that the team spent a total of 22 years chasing a championship.

Boston Celtics Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 17 (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008)
  • Conference titles: 21 (1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 2008, 2010)
  • Division titles: 22 (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2017)

Boston Celtics Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the Boston Celtics:

Bob Cousy: He was known as “the Houdini of the Hardwood,” and won six NBA championship titles with Boston.

  • 13 seasons with the Celtics, 13 times All-Star, averaged 18 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1971
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

John Havlicek: His nickname was “Hondo,” and he’s famous because he became the first NBA player to 1000 or more points during a single season.

  • 16 seasons with the Celtics, 13 times All-Star, averaged 20 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1984
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Bill Russell: Recognized as one of the top NBA players of all time, and he is one of just two NBA players to have grabbed more than 50 rebounds in a single match.

  • 13 seasons with the Celtics, 12 times All-Star, averaged 15 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1975
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Boston Celtics Rivalries

Due to their continuous luck, this is a team that holds rivalries with a lot of NBA franchises:

Los Angeles Lakers

The Celtics have been eight an intense rivalry with the Lakers for a long time, with Los Angeles having won 16 championships, just one less than Boston.

The intensity of this rivalry increased dramatically between the 1960s and the 1980s.

And, out of the 12 NBA Finals, they’ve disputed, Boston has won a total of 9.

Atlanta Hawks

This is a long-lasting rivalry, spanning more than five decades.

The teams have faced each other 11 times in the NBA Playoffs, and four times in the NBA Finals, with Boston having won 10 of 12 series to Atlanta.

Brooklyn Nets

This rivalry began during the early 2000s.

At the time, the Nets were based out of New Jersey, and their top stars were Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, while the Celtics were led by Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker.

Back in 2002, the Nets beat the Celtics at the Eastern Conference Finals 4-2, allowing New Jersey to advance to the NBA Finals.

And the following year, the Nets showed their dominance over Boston once again, sweeping the Celtics 4-0 during the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Detroit Pistons

This rivalry that had its peak back in the 1980s and early 1990s, with both teams meeting at the NBA Playoffs five times in seven seasons, from 1985 to 1991.

New York Knicks

Apart from the Nets, this is another rivalry that’s fueled by the location of the teams.

These are the only two original NBA teams that have stayed in the same city for the whole duration of their professional existence.

Both franchises have faced each other a total of 512 times during the regular season, with Boston having won a total of 276 times.

 

And, both teams have also played against the other a total of 61 times during the playoffs, with Boston having won 34 times.

Philadelphia 76ers

These are the two teams that have faced each other the most times at the NBA Playoffs, and the 76ers are considered the top rival of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

Both franchises have faced each other 19 times, with Boston having won 12 of those meetings.

Washington Wizards

This rivalry started back in 1984, but it got more intense during the 2015-16 season, after an exchange of words between Jae Crowder and Wizards coach Randy Wittman.

And things quickly escalated during the upcoming offseason, as the Celtics attempted to sign Al Horford.

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