By the Numbers: Top C's of All Time - 21-30

What’s the toughest thing for a player to do when he joins the Boston Celtics? Pick a number.

The Celtics have retired 21 numbers since their inception in 1946. As you may surmise, a lot of great players have walked through their doors. That includes players who haven’t had their number retired by the Celtics, which brings us to this series.

We’re taking a look at every number that has been retired or donned by one of Boston’s players, then we’re selecting the greatest Celtic who has worn each number. This series consist of six installments. This edition takes a look at Nos. 21-30.

No. 21 – Bill Sharman

The Celtics retired Bill Sharman’s No. 21 jersey on Oct. 15, 1966, and for good reason. He played all 11 of his NBA seasons with the Celtics and won four championships with the team. He was also an eight-time All-Star and finished his career with averages of 17.8 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists per game. Sharman was a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team.

Other considerations: None

No. 22 – Ed Macauley

Ed MaCauley joined the Celtics in an unusual way – via the NBA’s dispersal draft. Boston selected Macauley on April 25, 1950 and he went on to play the next six seasons with the team. He averaged 18.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG and 3.7 APG during that time frame. Macauley was an All-Star during all of his six seasons with the C’s. He is one of only three Celtics to have ever worn No. 22, as the number was retired in his honor on Oct. 16, 1963.

Other considerations: None

No. 23 – Frank Ramsey

There are plenty of players who racked up better statistics with the Celtics than Frank Ramsey, but there aren’t many who won more championships with the team than he did. Ramsey took home seven titles with Boston while playing all nine of his seasons with the team. He finished his career with averages of 13.4 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 1.8 APG. Ramsay, who joined the team as a first-round pick in 1953, had his number retired in the fall of 1964.

Other considerations: None

No. 24 – Sam Jones

Only one player in NBA history has won more championships than Sam Jones, and that one player happens to be Jones’ former teammate, Bill Russell (11 titles). Jones won 10 titles while playing all 12 of his NBA seasons with Boston. He joined the Celtics as the eighth overall pick in 1957. Jones made five All-Star teams and averaged 17.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 2.5 APG during his career. His number was retired by the team on March 9, 1969.

Other considerations: None

No. 25 – K.C. Jones

Another member of Boston’s dynasty in the 50s and 60s is K.C. Jones, who had his number retired by the team on Feb. 12, 1967. Jones was one of the Celtics’ greatest finds, as the team grabbed him with a second-round pick in 1956. He went on to play all nine of his seasons with the team and served as an important reserve in each of those seasons. He averaged 7.4 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 4.3 APG during his career, having maxed out with 9.2 PPG in 1961-62. Jones averaged 10.1 PPG and 6.2 APG during the 1965 playoffs to help the team win its eighth title. He also went on to coach the Celtics for five seasons, leading them to championships in 1984 and 1986. His number was retired by the team on Feb. 12, 1967.

Other considerations: None

No. 26 – Kermit Washington

Kermit Washington played only 32 games with Boston, but he remains as the top Celtic to have ever worn No. 26. He was acquired, along with Don Chaney, from the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 12, 1977. He averaged 11.8 PPG and 10.5 RPG during his time with the team, which far eclipses the numbers of any other Celtic who has ever worn this number.

Other considerations: Rich Johnson

No. 27 – Kevin Stacom

Although Kevin Stacom accrued minimal statistics with the Celtics, he remains as the most successful player to ever wear No. 27 for the team. His four-plus seasons with Boston are by far the most by any player who has ever worn the number. Stacom averaged 5.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG and 1.5 APG during his time with the team.

Other considerations: Danny Fortson, Jordan Crawford

No. 28 – Tony Delk

The acquisition of Tony Delk stung Celtics fans for years, seeing as the team gave up a package that included Joe Johnson to get him, but Delk remains as the top Celtic to ever wear No. 28. Delk was with the team for a season and a half and averaged 9.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 2.2 APG during that time. He scored 9.8 PPG during his only full season with the team in 2002-03.

Other considerations: Quinn Buckner

No. 29 – Henry Finkel

Do you remember Henry Finkel? Probably not, but he is the top Celtic of all time to don No. 29. Only three players have worn the number during Boston’s history, with Finkel sporting it for the final six seasons of his career. Finkel served as a backup center for the C’s. He helped the team win the 1974 title while appearing in eight playoff games. Finkel’s top statistical season with the team was in 1969-70, when he put up 9.7 PPG and 7.7 RPG.

Other considerations: Pervis Ellison

No. 30 – M.L. Carr

Much like K.C. Jones, M.L. Carr served as an important role player for the Celtics during numerous championship seasons. Carr was a reserve small forward for the Celtics during his final six NBA seasons. His best season with the team was in 1979-80, when he averaged 11.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 1.9 APG. Carr finished his six seasons in Boston with averages of 6.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG and 1.3 APG. The Celtics won the 1981 and 1984 championships while Carr was on board.

Other considerations: Mark Blount, Brandon Bass


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