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Best point guards in Boston Celtics history, ranked

A whole lot of good point guards have come and go through Boston Celtics history, many of which played a significant role in helping the Celtics raise 17 championship banners.

But who are the best floor generals to ever grace Beantown?

Here are the top five point guards in Celtics history:

5. Nate Archibald

Nate “Tiny” Archibald was not exactly the same player when he arrived in Boston in 1978, as he has missed the entire preceding season due to a torn Achilles.

However, while Archibald may not have been the dynamic scorer he was during his time with the Kentucky Colonels, he was still a force with the C’s.

Archibald spent five seasons in Boston, making three All-Star appearances and helping Larry Bird win his first championship in 1981.

The UTEP product was blindingly quick and was able to get to the rim at will even post-injury, shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor in three straight seasons between 1980 and 1982.

While Archibald topped out at 14.1 points per game in his most productive scoring season in Boston in 1980, no one can deny the impact he had on the Celtics in the early ’80s.

4. Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo spent the first eight-and-a-half seasons of his career in Boston, and had it not been for his torn ACL in 2013, he may have been with the club even longer.

People tend to forget just how incredible Rondo was early on in his NBA tenure. As a matter of fact, Rondo was right up there with Chris Paul and Deron Williams as one of the best point guards in basketball.

Rondo made four straight All-Star appearances between 2010 and 2013 and also won a championship with the Celtics in 2008, when he began to emerge as a top playmaking threat.

The Louisville native was a very unique floor general in the vein of Jason Kidd, as he was a nightly triple-double threat and was a demon on the defensive end.

Of course, his lack of a jump shot always prevented him from reaching that next level, but Rondo was outstanding enough in other areas to earn himself a rightful spot on this list.

3. Dennis Johnson

An argument can actually be made for Rondo in this slot, as he was probably the superior talent to Dennis Johnson, but Johnson guided the way to a couple of championships and had a much cooler head on his shoulders. As a matter of fact, Bird called D.J. the best teammate he has ever had.

Johnson spent the final seven seasons of his career in Boston and was known for taking his game up a notch in the playoffs, as his postseason numbers with the C’s were considerably better than his regular-season statistics.

A terrific leader and Hall-of-Famer, Johnson was also so great defensively that Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson has dubbed him the “best backcourt defender of all-time.”

Johnson wasn’t flashy, but he was consistent, and the Celtics probably would not have won two of their three titles in the 1980s without him running the show.

2. Jo Jo White

Jo Jo White is actually probably one of the more underrated players to ever play for the C’s.

White spent the first nine-and-a-half years of his NBA tenure in Beantown, earning seven straight All-Star selections between 1971 and 1977 and also playing five straight full 82-game campaigns during that span.

Most importantly, White helped lead the Celtics to a pair of championships in 1974 and 1976.

The University of Kansas product recorded over 20 points per game twice in the early stages of his career and ended his days in the NBA with lifetime averages of 17.2 points, 4.9 assists, four rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Like many of the other point guards on this list, White was also a ferocious perimeter defender.

1. Bob Cousy

You can say whatever you want about eras and all that, but when you are judging strictly how good the player was during his time and how many accomplishments he racked up, no other Celtics floor general comes close to Bob Cousy.

Cousy began his NBA career in 1950 and played in Boston through 1963, winning his first of six championships in 1957. He made a brief return to the game with the Cincinnati Royals during the 1969-70 campaign, but played in just seven games.

Along with Bill Russell and Tommy Heinsohn, Cousy played a vital role in what was really the first “Big Three” in the history of the league. Heck, with Bill Sharman, it was actually a Big Four.

Cousy led the NBA in assists eight straight times between 1953 and 1960 and also earned All-Star selections in every one of his seasons with the C’s.

He boasts career averages of 18.4 points, 7.5 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game.