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Boston Celtics Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA’s most storied franchises, beginning play in 1947 and having won 17 championships. Of course, that means the team has put some of the all-time great players on the court, and here is a short list of the Celtics’ leading scorers ever.
John Havlicek (26,395)—Hall of Fame forward/guard John Havlicek played his entire career in Boston, from 1962 to 1978, and he ranks first in Celtics’ history with 26,395 points. That’s an incredible achievement considering Larry Bird played for the Celtics and is widely considered as one of the top five players of all-time. But Havlicek had an astounding ten seasons with 1500 or more points, and his career high was 2338 points in 1970-71 (29 points per game average).
Larry Bird (21,791)—Forward Larry Bird, known as “Larry Legend,” is one of the all-time NBA greats, and he had a relatively short career (1979-1992). Clearly, Bird would have topped this list if he played two or three more seasons. Regardless, Bird helped the Celts win a few championships in the ‘80’s and he ranks second in team history with 21,791 points. He scored over 1700 points ten times, and over 2000 points four times. Bird’s best season was 1984-85, when he scored a career high 2295 points (29 points per game), with a .522 field goal percentage, including an amazing .427 from 3-point range.
Paul Pierce (19,094)—Forward Paul Pierce has been with the Celtics his entire career so far as I write this in 2010, beginning in 1998. Pierce is third in franchise history with 19,094 points and he has scored over 2000 points in a season four times. Pierce’s best season so far was 2001-02, when he had a career best and NBA-leading 2144 points (26 points per game).
Robert Parish (18,245)—Center Robert Parish played most of his career in Boston, from 1980 to 1994, and was one of the players instrumental to those great ‘80’s teams. Parish ranks fourth in Celtics’ history with 18,245 points, and he scored over 1500 points four times. Parish had his best season in 1981-82 with the Celtics when he scored a career best 1590 points (20 points per game average).
Kevin McHale (17,335)—Forward/center Kevin McHale was basically the Scottie Pippen to Larry Bird’s Michael Jordan. McHale played for the Celtics from 1980 to 1993 and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 17,335 points, including five seasons with over 1500 points. McHale also had one season with over 2000 points, and that was his best season of 1986-87, when he had 2008 points (26 points per game). That season, McHale also led the NBA with a .604 field goal percentage.