By the Numbers: Top C's of All Time - 67-00

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. 67-00.

No. 67-76 – Have not been worn

No. 77 – Sasha Pavlovic

Only one player in Celtics history has worn No. 77, and that player is Sasha Pavlovic. Pavlovic played two seasons for the Celtics from 2010-12.

Pavlovic finished his career in Boston with averages of 2.4 points per game and 1.4 RPG in 62 contests. He had eight double-digit scoring effort with Boston, including a 19-point, two-rebound performance during the team’s final regular-season home game in 2011. That effort included a 4-of-5 performance from downtown.

Other considerations: Chris Johnson

No. 78-85 – Have not been worn

No. 86 – Semih Erden

There have only been two players in Celtics history who have worn No. 86. Oddly enough, both of them wore it during the same season.

Semih Erden, who was the 60th overall pick by the Celtics in 2008 and joined the team in 2010, outlasts Chris Johnson for this spot. Erden played 37 games with the Celtics, including seven starts, before being traded to the Cavaliers on Feb. 24, 2010. He actually performed at a high level during those contests, too. Erden averaged 6.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game while making 67 percent of his shots from the field as a starter. He did all of this while averaging just 22 minutes a game during those seven starts. Overall, Erden finished his only season in Boston with averages of 4.1 PPG and 2.9 RPG.

Other considerations: Chris Johnson

No. 87 – Have not been worn

No. 88 – Antoine Walker

Antoine Walker is the only player in Celtics history who wore No. 88, and he’s the only player in this series to appear under two numbers. Please see the entry for No. 8 for a recap of Walker’s career with the C’s.

Other considerations: None

No. 89-92 – Have not been worn

No. 93 – P.J. Brown

P.J. Brown joined the Celtics in late-February of 2008. He did so to win a championship, and that’s exactly what he did.

Brown was an important piece of Boston’s 17th championship team. He wasn’t a starter, nor was he a top scoring threat off of the bench, but the C’s may not have even made it to the Finals without him. Brown’s 10-point, six-rebound performance was a driving factor to the Celtics’ 97-92, Game 7 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He played in 25 of the team’s 27 postseason games en route to the title.

Other considerations: None

No. 94-97 – Have not been worn

No. 98 – Jason Collins

Jason Collins is the only Celtics player to have ever worn No. 98. He wore the number during the 2012-13 season before being traded to the Washington Wizards on Feb. 21, 2013. Collins, who became the first active professional athlete to publicly state that he is gay, later explained that he wore No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was killed as a result of a hate crime. Collins appeared in 32 games with the team, including seven starts, and averaged 1.2 PPG and 1.6 RPG.

Other considerations: None

No. 99 – Roy Rogers, Jr.

Only 10 games in Celtics history have featured a C’s player wearing No. 99. Nine of those games were played by Roy Rogers.

Rogers, along with Tony Massenburg and a future second-round pick, was acquired from the Vancouver Grizzlies on Oct. 28, 1997. He averaged just 0.8 PPG and 0.6 RPG during his nine appearances. He gets the nod over Darko Milicic, who played only one regular-season game with the Celtics.

Other considerations: Darko Milicic

No. 0 – Walter McCarty

The Celtics finished with only two winning seasons during Walter McCarty’s stay with the team, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t make an impact while he was in Boston. McCarty played seven-plus seasons with the team and was a member of the Celtics’ surprising trip to the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals. He averaged 5.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 1.3 APG over 494 regular-season appearances with the team. McCarty maxed out with an average of 9.6 PPG and 4.4 RPG. He now serves as an assistant coach under Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Other considerations: Leon Powe, Avery Bradley

No. 00 – Robert Parish

Hall of Famer Robert Parish spent 14 of his 21 NBA seasons in a Celtics uniform. He’s the only Celtics player to have ever donned No. 00, and he will be the only one to ever wear the number, as it was retired by the team on Jan. 18, 1998.

Parish was a 7-foot center who helped the Celtics win championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986. He averaged at least 18.9 PPG during his first four seasons with the team. Parish also grabbed at least 9.5 RPG during 10 of his first 11 seasons with the C’s. He finished his Celtics career with averages of 16.5 PPG, 10.0 RPG and 1.5 BPG.

Other considerations: None


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