When you look back at all the great Boston Celtics teams, the man in the middle at center often served as the anchor at both ends of the floor.
Success offensively frequently centered around the Celtics’ ability to play inside-out basketball, with the center playing a pivotal role either as a scorer or someone who kept the defense honest by keeping the ball moving.
And at the other end of the floor, Boston’s centers have often been the last line of resistance for Boston defensive units that were among the league’s best.
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Those 17 banners, more than any NBA franchise, are a testament to how the Celtics have navigated the always-rugged terrain of the NBA to find success on levels with a consistency no other franchise can claim.
And the players who have held things down at the center position have been pivotal to that success, many of whom went on to have Hall of Fame careers.
Here we take a look at the best of the best, the top 10 all-time centers in Celtics history.