Larry Bird (1979-1980)
After the Celtics drafted Bird sixth overall in 1978, the sharpshooter went back to Indiana State for his senior year. But once Bird arrived in Boston in ’79, things would never be the same in Beantown. The C’s won 60 games Bird’s first year, with the rook averaging 21.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.5 assists while being named to the All-NBA first team. He also won Rookie of the Year and would guide the Celtics to an NBA championship in his second season.