It wasn’t too long ago that the glory days of the Boston Celtics was a thing of the past. From 2001-2010 the Boston Celtics have been on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. Thanks to some great moves by GM Danny Ainge, the Celtics are a mean green machine. The Celtics made the playoffs seven times in the past decade, winning four division titles along the way. They finally broke through in 2008 with their first NBA Championship in twenty years. It should come as no surprise that all three of the Boston Three Party made this list of the best Boston Celtics in the past decade. Here are the best five Boston Celtics from 2001-2010. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the Boston Celtics from 2001-2010 were considered.)
1. Paul Pierce – Pierce has been a true blessing to the Boston Celtics and their fans. He has been with Boston his whole career and fought through every up and down year with them. He is a great all around player that can be the go to guy, as evidenced by his five seasons of averaging over 25 points per game. Throughout the decade he has also averaged grabbing six boards a game and four assists.
2. Kevin Garnett – Garnett has only been with the Celtics for three seasons, but there is no doubt about how much he has helped Boston since he has been there. K.G., hasn’t even averaged 20 points a game in any one of those three seasons, with his highest being 18.8 points per game in the 2007-08 season. The point is that he hasn’t done it because the Celtics needed other things from him; instead, he has been a menacing presence inside, giving Boston the interior defender they haven’t had since the days of the great Bill Russell. Did I mention he was the 2008 NBA Defensive Player of the Year?
3. Ray Allen – Allen was the perfect compliment to add to the likes of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. In his three seasons with the Celtics he has provided them with the sharpshooter that every team needs so badly to stretch the floor and knock down big shots in the clutch.
4. Antoine Walker – I have a feeling that most Boston Celtics fans cringe when they think of Walker. Walker and Pierce looked to have Boston back in the NBA Championship in the early 2000’s picture. It was only a short mirage, but one can’t deny that Walker played a huge role in getting the Celtics back into the playoffs even if it was for a short period of fake hope. Walker averaged over 20 points per game with the Celtics from the 2000-01 season through the 2002-03 season. He even came back to the Celtics at the end of the 2004-05 season and chipped in with sixteen points per game. The Celtics made it to the playoffs in three of those four seasons.
5. Rajon Rondo – Rondo started his NBA career with the Celtics one season before Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen joined the team. In the 2006-07 season, he averaged a mere 6.4 points, 3.8 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game. Since then, he has totaled up some pretty amazing awards and even a couple of surprising franchise records. Rondo has been named an all-star once and part of the All-NBA Defensive team twice. In 2009-10, he broke two Boston Celtics team records; with 794 assists in one season and 189 steals in a single season. His 189 steals led the league in 2009-10.