Following the Atlanta Hawks, the next team up in the alphabet is the Boston Celtics. Previously, I pieced together what I perceived as the "All-Century" team for the Atlanta Hawks for the 2000s. A lineup which consisted of Jason Terry, Joe Johnson, Kyle Korver, Josh Smith, Al Horford, and Jamal Crawford as the 6th man.
Following the same structure here, it's time to do the Celtics.
Now the Celtics started off the 21st century with very limited talent, aside from Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. But ever since a couple of blockbuster moves, the Celtics have always had exciting players to watch on their teams.
So without further ado, it's time for the All-Century Team for the Boston Celtics.
PG - Rajon Rondo
This was an absolute no-brainer for me. Look, I know Isaiah Thomas has been an absolute monster here ever since he was acquired at the 2014-15 trade deadline, but he doesn't compare to Rajon Rondo. Rondo won a title here, and always found a way to dominate on the national stage. Now Rondo only averaged 10.8 PPG and 8.6 APG, but he also averaged just shy of 5 boards per. Considering the guys surrounding Rondo in this lineup, keeping Rondo in this spot over IT as a guy who can spot shooters with a nice pass is absolutely ideal.
SG - Ray Allen
Sugar Ray: the all-time 3-point shooting leader. Talk about a man that you'd love to have complimenting the pass-first PG of Rajon Rondo. Ray Allen came over as part of the wicked offseason that preceded the Celtics first title in 22 years. Had it not been for a couple of factors, Paul Pierce and injuries, Ray Allen would've been the most clutch player on the Celtics during his tenure. As theoretically the number 3 of the Big 3, Ray dropped 16.7 PPG and sported a 41% FG percentage from behind the line. Complimenting Rondo, Ray Allen is perfect for the Celtics. Also, he's not going against much competition (sorry Bradley fans).
SF - Paul Pierce
The Truth. Paul Pierce, top-5 Celtic all-time in my opinion. Mr. Clutch, I called game, etc. The list goes on for number 34. Pierce played 15 years in Beantown as the face of the franchise, and absolutely ran with it. Mustering up 21.8 PPG, 5 boards and 4 assists in his Celtics career. Not only that, he was the unofficial PG when Rajon Rondo tore his ACL in 2012-13. Paul Pierce is a no-brainer, and I'll name him the unofficial captain of this team.
PF - Antoine Walker
What?! No KG?! Hear me out on this, Kevin Garnett was basically the Celtics center ever since Kendrick Perkins was traded for Nenad Krstic and Jeff Green back in 2011. So the guy that takes this spot is Antoine Walker. Walker was pretty much a nobody once he left the Celtics, and in 8 years in Boston, he averaged 20.6 PPG, and just shy of 9 boards per game as Paul Pierce's right hand man during the Celtics run of struggles through the early 2000s.
C - Kevin Garnett
Relax, here he is. Like I said, Kevin Garnett was primarily the center after KP was dealt. And he was still fantastic in that kind of role. And I think that actually made him more effective, even when his body started to fade physically. Not to mention the fact that he was pretty much the heart and soul of the Celtics lineup once he came to the Green back in 2007-08. In 8 years with Boston, he averaged 15.7 PPG and 8.3 RPG, and like I said, he was the heart and soul of the team. His passion really personified what it means to be a Celtic.
6th Man - Isaiah Thomas
You didn't think I'd leave off "The Little Guy," did you? I was born at night, not last night. IT has been a baller since he was traded here for practically nothing back in 2015. IT has really turned this franchise around, and made watching Celtics basketball fun again. IT is averaging 23 PPG and just above 6 APG since he came to Boston, and I think he'd be a phenomenal sixth man on a nasty Celtics team. Provide a ridiculous, unguardable backup to Rajon Rondo.
Honorable Mentions: Avery Bradley, Glen Davis, Jeff Green