Celtics Retired Numbers

1: Retired on Oct. 17, 1964 in honor of the founder and first owner of the Boston Celtics, Walter Brown. Brown owned the Celtics for the first 18 years of the team's existence, from 1946 through 1964.

2: Retired on Jan. 4, 1985 in honor of Arnold "Red" Auerbach. The number signifies the fact that Auerbach is second only to Brown as the most significant person in the history of the organization. He coached the team from 1950 to 1966, winning nine NBA titles. He then went on to serve as General Manager, leading Boston to an additional seven NBA championships.

Bill Russell

3: Retired on Dec. 13, 1991 in honor of guard Dennis Johnson. "DJ" played for the Celtics for seven seasons from 1983 through 1990. He helped the Green and White win a pair of World Titles in 1984 and 1986.

6: Retired on Mar. 12, 1972 in honor of Bill Russell. Russell, regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, anchored the Celtics teams that won nine straight titles with him at center and then two more as player/coach.

10: Retired on Apr. 9,1982 in honor of Jo Jo White. White was the point guard won two Celtics World Championship squads (1974 and 1976).

14: Retired on Oct. 16, 1963 in honor of Bob Cousy. Over his 13-year career, all spent with the Celtics, "Cooz" won eight titles and one MVP award. He still stands as the franchise's all-time leader in assists with 6,945.

15: Retired on Oct. 15, 1966 in honor of Tom Heinsohn. Heinsohn won eight titles in his nine year career. He also coached the Celtics to a pair of titles in 1974 and 1976.

John Havlicek

16: Retired in January, 1973 in honor of Tom "Satch" Sanders. Sanders played for the Celtics from 1960 through 1973, winning eight NBA titles. He is remembered for being smart, durable (he played 80+ games seven times) and tough.

17: Retired Oct. 13, 1978 in honor of John Havlicek. Considered one of the greatest all-around players ever, he led the Celtics in scoring eight times, in assists six times and in rebounding once. He was part of eight NBA championship teams and was named to eight All-NBA Defensive teams.

18: Retired on Feb. 8, 1981 in honor of Dave Cowens. Cowens played for the Celtics from 1970 through 1980, winning two World Titles with Celtics, as well as one MVP award in 1972-73.

19: Retired in honor of Don Nelson. Nelson, an eleven-year veteran of the Celtics, was a key member of five World Championship teams. At forward he often provided the C's with much-needed strength on the glass.

21: Retired on Oct. 15, 1966 in honor of Bill Sharman. Sharman was an integral part of the Celtics first five World Championships. He was the team's leading scorer for five seasons, from 1955 through 1959.

22: Retired on Oct. 16, 1963 in honor of Ed Macauley. "Easy Ed" was one of the Celtics first stars, as he led the team in scoring in 1950-51 and 1952-53 and in rebounding from 1952 through 1955.

Larry Bird and "Red" Auerbach

23: Retired in honor of Frank Ramsey. Ramsey revolutionized basketball by becoming the game's first celebrated Sixth Man. He played for the C's during the 1954-55 season and from 1956 through 1964.

24: Retired on Mar. 9, 1969 in honor of Sam Jones. Jones led the Celtics in scoring four times in his Celtics career, which spanned twelve seasons from 1957 through 1969.

25: Retired on Feb. 12, 1967 in honor of K.C. Jones. Jones was an integral part of every Celtics championship team from 1959 through 1967, and he coached the team to two titles in the 80's.

32: Retired on Jan. 30, 1994 in honor of Kevin McHale. McHale, one of the greatest post players of all-time, won three titles with the Celtics and was a seven-time All-Star.

33: Retired on Feb. 4, 1993 in honor of Larry Bird. Bird led the team to three World Titles and was named the NBA's MVP for three straight years. He remains the Celtics all-time leader in points per game average (24.3).

35: Retired on Mar. 22, 1995 in honor of the late Reggie Lewis. Lewis led the Celtics in scoring in both 1991-92 and 1992-93, and served as the captain of the team in 1992-93.

00: Retired on Jan. 18, 1998 in honor of Robert Parish. "The Chief" was the Celtics starting center during three championship seasons. He led the team in rebounding eight times during his 14-year Celtics career. He was a nine-time All-Star.

LOSCY: Retired in honor of Jim Loscutoff. Loscutoff, a hard-nosed standout for the Celtics from 1955 through 1964, asked that his number (18) not be retired so that a future Celtic could wear it. The number was later retired in honor of Cowens.


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