The Boston Celtics were founded in Boston in June 1946. The Celtics have had a number of notable players to play for the team. These players include all-time legends Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce.
By the Numbers
The Boston Celtics were founded in 1946 in Boston, Massachusetts. Since then, the Celtics have won 17 NBA championships -- the most of any NBA team (their rival Lakers have 16). They also have 21 conference titles, 22 division titles, and 22 retired jersey numbers.
Stadium and Mascot
The Celtics play in the TD Garden, which is the same place the Boston Bruins ice hockey team plays. Since hockey and basketball seasons overlap, the TD Garden crew has to work effortlessly to switch between ice and court between homestands for the two teams.
The Celtics mascot is Lucky the Leprechaun. The mascot, a leprechaun, and the team name "Celtics" are due to Boston's high Irish population. In Ireland, many sports fans favor Boston teams thanks to the Irish presence in Boston.
The first ever owner, in 1946, was the Boston Garden-Arena Corporation. Ownership has shifted many times since then. In 2002, Boston Basketball Partners L.L.C. took over. This group, represented by Robert Epstein, has owned the Celtics ever since.
The current president of the Celtics is Rich Gotham, who took over in 2007. Danny Ainge also became general manager in 2007. Ainge is also the president of basketball operations, and has been since 2003.
Brad Stevens took over as head coach in 2013, which was a transformative time for the Celtics who hoped to move towards a younger roster. Stevens' current assistant coaches include Jay Larraaga, Scott Morrison, Brandon Bailey, Kara Lawson, and Joe Mazzula.
How Good are the Celtics?
In the 2019 free agency period, Kyrie Irving left the Celtics and opted to sign with the Nets, where Kevin Durant also signed. This was a huge blow for the Celtics, as Kyrie was considered to be their star player. The Celtics will have to reinvent themselves in the upcoming season, and find new heads to lean on.
The Big 3
The Celtics were long famous for "The Big 3" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen. Each of these players were a top 10 draft pick and were the franchise's leading scorer for the franchise which drafted them. In Boston, the three had great success together, along with Rajon Rondo. Rondo now plays for the Lakers, which is ironic because the Celtics and Lakers have been rivals for a long time.
The Big 3 helped the Celtics defeat the Lakers twice in the NBA finals, in 2008 and 2010.
- Founding Date: 1946
- City: Boston, MA
- Conference: NBA Eastern
- Number of NBA Championships: 17 (most recent: 2007-08)
- Mascot: Lucky the Leprechaun
- Owner: Wyc Grousbeck
- Head Coach: Brad Stevens
- Stadium: TD Garden