Top five shooting guards in Boston Celtics history

Qualifiers: for a team with a rich history like the Boston Celtics, players should have at least three or four years with the team. That means Hall of Famers like Dave Bing and Pete Maravich who each spent only one year with the Celtics don't count. Also, players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one. So the likes of Dennis Johnson (point guard) and John Havlicek (small forward) do not appear on the shooting guards list despite spending time at the position.

Bill Sharman:

Bill Sharman was a Hall of Fame player and coach who won NBA Championships in both roles. Sharman was a hard-nosed defender and a great shooter for the Celtics in the 1950s, a perfect backcourt compliment to Hall of Fame point guard Bob Cousy. He averaged 17.8 points per game for his career and finished in the top ten in scoring seven times. Sharman won four titles with Boston and he was the 1955 All-Star MVP.

Sam Jones:

Sam Jones began his career playing behind Bill Sharman and eventually became his successor. In 12 years with the Celtics, Jones won ten NBA Championships, a total exceeded only by teammate Bill Russell. Jones averaged 17.7 points and shot .456 from the field in his Hall of Fame career. In 1964-65, he set a since-broken Celtics record with 2,070 points in a single season.

Jo Jo White:

Jo Jo White was a perennial All-Star combo guard for the Celtics in the 1970s. White was drafted by Boston after Bill Russell's last season and he played a major role in returning the Celtics to an elite level. With a core of Jo Jo White, John Havlicek and new star center Dave Cowens, the Celtics won titles in 1974 and 1976. White was the 1976 NBA Finals MVP with playoff averages of 23.3 points and 5.8 assists per game. In ten years with the Celtics, he averaged 18.4 points and 5.1 assists.

Ray Allen(notes):

The greatest shooter of his generation and possibly all-time, Ray Allen set the NBA's all-time three-point shooting record in a Celtics uniform in 2011. The future Hall of Famer has been an All-Star three times in four years with Boston and ten times overall in his career. He knocked down 55 threes in 26 playoff games as the Celtics won their most recent championship in 2008. Through the 2010-11 season, Allen has scored 22,286 points for an average of 20.2 per game. His .914 free throw percentage with the Celtics marks the new franchise record.

Danny Ainge:

Danny Ainge put together the 2008 NBA Champion Celtics as general manager after winning two titles as a player in 1984 and 1986. Ainge was drafted by Boston in 1981 and he spent the next eight years there. He was one of the premier shooters of his generation, finishing in the top ten in three-point percentage four times with a career .378 clip. In 1988, his last full season with the Celtics, Ainge led the league with 148 threes and earned his only All-Star selection.

Sources:

Boston Celtics Franchise Index, Basketball-Reference.com

NBA History, NBA.com

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Updated Wednesday, May 25, 2011