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Boston Celtics First Round Draft History

First Round Draft History is a retrospective on team draft history(duh). Like the Draft Anthology, we’ll post one team history a day, for thirty days, until June 23rd’s NBA Draft.

So, you’ve probably never had the time to ever figure out: “Who is the best player ever drafted by the Boston Celtics in the first round?” But that’s where we come in: providing answers to questions you’ve never had  the time to ask.  So who is the best player ever drafted in the illustrious history of the Boston Celtics in the first round?  As the Celtics own nearly half of the NBA Championships in history, so too do they own some of the best draft history ever (note: their will be a lot of subcategories).

Crazy People (Cut from a different cloth mind you):

Tony Allen

Delonte West

Dunk Contest Heroes

Dee Brown

Gerald Green

Guys who’s fame doesn’t stem from their playing careers

Rick Fox

Paul Westphal

Brian Shaw

Stiffs from BYU (2 out of 3 ain’t bad, right Danny Ainge?)

Michael Smith

Greg Kite

Modern All stars That Didn’t Play Their Entire Career (or at all) with the Celtics

Al Jefferson

Antoine Walker

Joe Johnson

Chauncey Billups

Jeff Green (Just Kidding)

I have Nothing to Say Division

Len Bias

Celtics Legends

Reggie Lewis

Cedric Maxwell

Jo Jo White

Dave Cowens

Sam Jones

Kevin McHale

Paul Pierce

John Havlicek

Larry Bird

Year # Player College GP PPG RPG APG
2010 19 Avery Bradley University of Texas at Austin 30 1.7 0.6 0.4
2008 30 J.R. Giddens University of New Mexico 38 1.9 1.4 0.3
2007 5 Jeff Green Georgetown University 315 13.9 5.5 1.6
2006 7 Randy Foye Villanova University 324 11.7 2.4 3.4
2005 18 Gerald Green 181 7.5 2 0.8
2004 25 Tony Allen Oklahoma State University 408 7.5 2.6 1.3
2004 24 Delonte West Saint Joseph’s University 388 9.7 3 3.6
2004 15 Al Jefferson 489 15.9 8.8 1.3
2003 20 Dahntay Jones Duke University 446 6.1 1.9 0.9
2003 16 Troy Bell Boston College 6 1.8 0.7 0.7
2001 21 Joseph Forte University of North Carolina 25 1.2 0.7 0.7
2001 11 Kedrick Brown Okaloosa-Walton Community College 143 3.6 2.4 0.7
2001 10 Joe Johnson University of Arkansas 771 17.7 4.2 4.5
2000 11 Jerome Moiso University of California, Los Angeles 145 2.7 2.7 0.3
1998 10 Paul Pierce University of Kansas 964 22.2 6.1 3.8
1997 6 Ron Mercer University of Kentucky 432 13.6 3.1 2.1
1997 3 Chauncey Billups University of Colorado 982 15.5 2.9 5.6
1996 6 Antoine Walker University of Kentucky 893 17.5 7.7 3.5
1995 14 Eric Williams Providence College 658 8.6 3.3 1.4
1994 9 Eric Montross University of North Carolina 465 4.5 4.6 0.4
1993 19 Acie Earl University of Iowa 193 5.1 2.7 0.3
1992 21 Jon Barry Georgia Institute of Technology 821 5.7 1.8 2.2
1991 24 Rick Fox University of North Carolina 930 9.6 3.8 2.8
1990 19 Dee Brown Jacksonville University 608 11.1 2.6 3.7
1989 13 Michael Smith Brigham Young University 141 5 1.5 1
1988 24 Brian Shaw University of California, Santa Barbara 942 7 3.4 4.2
1987 22 Reggie Lewis Northeastern University 450 17.6 4.3 2.6
1986 2 Len Bias University of Maryland
1985 20 Sam Vincent Michigan State University 396 7.8 2.1 3.9
1984 24 Michael Young University of Houston 49 4.6 1.8 0.5
1983 21 Greg Kite Brigham Young University 680 2.5 3.8 0.5
1982 23 Darren Tillis Cleveland State University 124 3.4 2.5 0.3
1981 23 Charles Bradley University of Wyoming 110 3.2 1.1 0.5
1980 3 Kevin McHale University of Minnesota 971 17.9 7.3 1.7
1978 8 Freeman Williams Portland State University 323 14.7 1.6 1.6
1978 6 Larry Bird Indiana State University 897 24.3 10 6.3
1977 12 Cedric Maxwell University of North Carolina at Charlotte 835 12.5 6.3 2.2
1976 16 Norm Cook University of Kansas 27 2.4 1.1 0.2
1975 17 Tom Boswell University of South Carolina 366 7.7 4.7 1.6
1974 17 Glenn McDonald California State University, Long Beach 146 4.2 1.5 0.7
1973 17 Steve Downing Indiana University 27 2.4 1.5 0.4
1972 10 Paul Westphal University of Southern California 823 15.6 1.9 4.4
1971 10 Clarence Glover Western Kentucky University 25 2.6 1.8 0.2
1970 4 Dave Cowens Florida State University 766 17.6 13.6 3.8
1969 9 Jo Jo White University of Kansas 837 17.2 4 4.9
1968 12 Don Chaney University of Houston 742 8.4 3.9 2.1
1967 11 Mal Graham New York University 70 4.7 1.7 1.1
1966 8 Jim Barnett University of Oregon 732 11.7 3.1 3
1965 8 Ollie Johnson University of San Francisco
1964 7 Mel Counts Oregon State University 789 8.3 6 1.4
1963 8 Bill Green Colorado State University
1962 7 John Havlicek Ohio State University ### 20.8 6.3 4.8
1961 9 Gary Phillips University of Houston 348 6.7 2.6 1.9
1960 8 Tom Sanders New York University 916 9.6 6.3 1.1
1959 6 John Richter North Carolina State University 66 4.3 4.7 0.4
1958 7 Bennie Swain Texas Southern University 58 4.6 4.5 0.5
1957 8 Sam Jones North Carolina Central University 871 17.7 4.9 2.5
1955 3 Jim Loscutoff University of Oregon 511 6.2 5.6 0.7
1954 5 Togo Palazzi College of the Holy Cross 324 7.4 3.4 0.7
1953 5 Frank Ramsey University of Kentucky 623 13.4 5.5 1.8
1952 6 Bob Stauffer University of Missouri
1951 7 Ernie Barrett Kansas State University 131 4.9 2.6 1.7
1950 1 Chuck Share Bowling Green State University 596 8.3 8.4 1.4
1949 4 Tony Lavelli Yale University 86 6.9 2 0.7
1948 3 George Hauptfuhrer Harvard University
1947 3 Bulbs Ehlers Purdue University 99 8.1 1.8
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