The Boston Celtics’ all-time assist leaders are topped by five legends who own a combined 30 championship rings. Each of the top five have had their numbers retired by the Celtics and four are enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
5. Jo Jo White: 3,686 assists
Seven-time All-Star guard Jo Jo White ranks fifth on the list of Boston Celtics’ all-time assist leaders. White starred for the Celtics throughout the 1970s. White was a well-rounded guard and he averaged more than five assists per game six straight times from 1971 to 1977. As the Celtics won the 1976 NBA Championship, White won the Finals MVP Award. He was a member of a pair of title winners in Boston. Jo Jo White boasted averages of 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game in ten seasons as a Celtic.
4. Bill Russell: 4,100 assists
The most successful player in basketball, Bill Russell ranks fourth on the Boston Celtics’ all-time assist leaders list. In addition to being a legendary defender and rebounder, Russell was a brilliant passing center. He averaged 4.3 assists per game to supplement his 22.5 rebounds and 15.1 points. In the 1960s, Russell finished among the NBA’s top seven in assists four times, a unique feat for a big man. The 11-time NBA Champion, five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star, and Hall of Famer also holds the Celtics’ career rebound record with 21,620, the second highest total in NBA history.
3. Larry Bird: 5,695 assists
Larry Legend ranks third on the list of Boston Celtics’ all-time assist leaders. As the face of the Celtics in the 1980s, there was nothing Bird couldn’t do on a basketball court. He was the best shooter in the NBA, a great rebounder, an elite passer and play-maker, and a clever defender. Bird currently stands 33rd on the NBA’s assist leader board, while also ranking 25th in points (21,791), tenth in free throw percentage (.886), 26th in steals (1,556), and fifth in triple-doubles (59). Bird won three MVPs and three championships in the 1980s and he was named an All-Star in each of his 13 seasons.
2. John Havlicek: 6,114 assists
Perennial All-Star guard and Hall of Famer John Havlicek ranks second among the Boston Celtics’ all-time assist leaders. Hondo was the longest tenured Celtic, spending his entire 16-year career in Boston from 1962 to 1978. Havlicek was a top-flight player on both ends of the court, earning 13-All-Star appearances and eight All-Defensive honors. He finished in the top ten in assists seven times, topping out with 7.5 per game twice in 1970-71 and 1971-72. Havlicek is also the Celtics’ all-time leading scorer with 26,395 points.
1. Bob Cousy: 6,945 assists
The Boston Celtics’ all-time assists leader is legendary point guard Bob Cousy. Cousy’s ball-handling and passing skills were well ahead of his time and he dominated the NBA in the 1950s. Cousy was the league leader in assists eight straight times from 1952 to 1960. His career high came in 1959-60 when he dished out 9.5 assists per game. In 1957, he became the first Celtic to win an NBA MVP Award. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists in 13 seasons in Boston.
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