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The Boston Celtics, one of the most successful of all NBA teams, is a professional basketball team, hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. They play their home games at TD Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. It was originally founded in 1946 and, since that time, has earned such a stellar reputation that many think of the Celtics first when they think of NBA basketball.

Boston is currently tied for the number of NBA Finals wins with the LA Lakers. Each franchise has 17 titles. Furthermore, Boston has won the Eastern Conference title nine times and a division title an astonishing 33 times. This includes a division title from their most recent season.

In that season, the 2022/23 NBA season, Boston fell in the conference finals to the Miami Heat. They tried, and failed, to come back from an 0-3 deficit in the 2023 NBA Eastern Conference Finals but managed to force a game seven after trailing by the large deficit.

Interesting Facts

The Celtics received an extra draft pick in 1986 as part of a deal from 1984 involving Gerald Henderson. The Celtics chose Len Bias, a star from the University of Maryland. Bias died 48 hours after being drafted due to cocaine overdose. Prior to his death, Bias was thought to be among his generations best talents. Accordingly, his death is often one of those much-debated points in sports history. Fans and pundits alike have often wondered how NBA history would have went in the 1980s and 1990s if Bias had not died.

The Boston Celtics and the 2023 NBA Draft

Who did the Celtics Pick in the 2023 NBA Draft? The Boston Celtics did not have any first-round picks heading into the 2023 NBA Draft. They dealt their pick away but it would have been a late-round pick anyways, due to their strong finish in 2022/23 season. With the 35th pick overall (ie. a second-round pick), Boston took Julian Phillips. However, he was swiftly traded to the Chicago Bulls.

The Celtics, following the 2022/23 season, were actually quite active in trades. They acquired Kristaps Porzingis in a trade that saw Marcus Smart leave Boston.

Boston Celtics: Management and Coaches

Boston Basketball Partners, a group of investors led by CEO Wyc Grousbeck, owns the franchise. The team’s president is Rich Gotham, who oversees the team’s operations and business activities. Brad Stevens, a former coach for Boston, serves as the team’s general manager. He is responsible for player personnel decisions and managing the team’s salary cap. Meanwhile, the Celtics’ head coach is Joe Mazzulla, who took over the position in 2021 following a controversy with the team’s former coach. Mazzulla has been with the team since 2019, serving as an assistant coach before being promoted to head coach.

The team has also produced many Hall of Fame players, including Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Paul Pierce. The Celtics play their home games at the TD Garden, a venue that can seat almost 20,000 fans.

Key Boston Celtics Players Under Contract

The Boston Celtics have a strong and talented roster of players under contract ahead of the 2023 NBA draft. The team’s top players include Jayson Tatum, who is signed for $32,600,060, and Jaylen Brown, who is signed for $28,508,929 with a guaranteed amount of $28,508,928 (all contact details from Spotrac). Brown will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2023 NBA Draft. The recently acquired Kristaps Porzingis has the biggest contract at just over $36M for the upcoming season.

The Boston Celtics also have a strong supporting cast. Malcolm Brogdon is signed for $22,500,000. Derrick White, considered an underrated player, is signed for $17,607,143. Robert Williams III, Al Horford, and Danilo Gallinari have the next-biggest contracts on the team.

Current Boston Celtics Free Agents

The Boston Celtics have some somewhat notable free agents. Grant Williams, who is a restricted free agent, has been a contributor for Boston. Another free agent for the Celtics is Blake Griffin, a former No. 1 pick from several years ago. Griffin, who is at the tail end of his career, has not been a major contributor recently. His future with the team and in the NBA is uncertain. In addition to these two players, the Celtics also have two-way players J.D. Davison and Mfiondu Kabengele, both of whom are set to become restricted free agents.

Previous Boston Celtics Draft Selections Since 2000

Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team

2023 2 35 Julian Phillips F United States Tennessee

2022 2 53 JD Davison PG United States Alabama

2021 2 45 Juhann Begarin SG France

2020 1 14 Aaron Nesmith F 21 Vanderbilt

2020 1 26 Payton Pritchard PG 22 Oregon

2020 1 30 Desmond Bane SG 22 Texas Christian

2020 2 47 Yam Madar  G 19 Hapoel Tel Aviv

2019 1 14 Romeo Langford SG 19 Indiana

2019 1 20 Matisse Thybulle SF 22 Washington

2019 1 22 Grant Williams SF 20 Tennessee

2019 2 51 Tremont Waters SG 21 LSU

2018 1 27 Robert Williams PF 20 Texas A&M

2017 1 3 Jayson Tatum SF 19 Duke

2017 2 37 Semi Ojeleye SF 22 Southern Methodist

2017 2 53 Kadeem Allen G 24 Arizona

2017 2 56 Jabari Bird SG 22 California

2016 1 3 Jaylen Brown SF 19 California

2016 1 16 Guerschon Yabusele PF 20 Rouen Metropole Basket

2016 1 23 Ante Zizic C 19 KK Cibona

2016 2 31 Deyonta Davis PF 19 Michigan State

2016 2 35 Rade Zagorac SF 20 KK Mega Bemax

2016 2 45 Demetrius Jackson G 21 Notre Dame

2016 2 51 Ben Bentil F 21 Providence

2016 2 58 Abdel Nader SF 22 Iowa State

2015 1 16 Terry Rozier G 21 Louisville

2015 1 28 R.J. Hunter G 21 Georgia State

2015 2 33 Jordan Mickey PF 20 LSU

2015 2 45 Marcus Thornton G 22 William & Mary

2014 1 6 Marcus Smart PG 20 Oklahoma State

2014 1 17 James Young SG 18 Kentucky

2013 1 16 Lucas Nogueira C 20 Movistar Estudiantes

2012 1 21 Jared Sullinger C 20 Ohio State

2012 1 22 Fab Melo C 22 Syracuse

2012 2 51 Kris Joseph SF 23 Syracuse

2011 1 25 MarShon Brooks GF 22 Providence

2011 2 55 E’Twaun Moore SG 22 Purdue

2010 1 19 Avery Bradley PG 19 Texas

2010 2 52 Luke Harangody F 22 Notre Dame

2009 2 58 Lester Hudson G 24 Tennessee Martin

2008 1 30 J.R. Giddens GF 23 New Mexico

2008 2 60 Semih Erden C 21 Fenerbahce Ulker

2007 1 5 Jeff Green  F 20 Georgetown

2007 2 32 Gabe Pruitt G 21 USC

2006 1 7 Ryan Foye  G 22 Villanova

2005 1 18 Gerald Green  GF 19 Gulf Shores Academy

2005 2 50 Ryan Gomes  F 22 Providence

2005 2 53 Oriane Green G 23 Louisiana

2004 1 15 Al Jefferson  FC 19 Prentiss High School

2004 1 24 Delonte West  G 20 Saint Joseph’s

2004 1 25 Tony Allen  SG 22 Oklahoma State

2004 2 40 Justin Reed  F 22 Ole Miss

2003 1 16 Troy Bell  G 22 Boston College

2003 1 20 Dahntay Jones GF 22 Duke

2003 2 56 Brandon Hunter  C 22 Ohio

2002 2 49 Darius Songaila PF 24 Wake Forest

2001 1 10 Joe Johnson  SG 19 Arkansas

2001 1 11 Kedrick Brown  GF 20 UCLA

2001 1 21 Joseph Forte SG 20 North Carolina

2000 1 11 Jerimo Moiso  FC 22 UCLA

Boston Celtics Draft Picks FAQs

Is Jaylen Brown playing for the Celtics?

He is signed through the 2023/24 NBA season. There has been some NBA discussion suggesting that he will get signed to an extension prior to the expiration of his current contract.

Is Marcus Smart playing for the Boston Celtics still?

Unfortunately, Smart was traded from Boston.

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