Best: Boston Celtics — Bill Russell
While there are certainly many Celtics legend, only Russell and Larry Bird have a true claim to the Boston throne. Larry Legend was an all timer, but Russell’s winning ways tip the scales in his favor. In 13 seasons with the Celtics, Russell won an incredible 11 championships.
He won four rebounding titles and five MVPs and is widely recognized as one of the best defenders and rebounders in league history. Bill Russell was also the leader of the winningest team in major U.S. sports history. He was also an important civil rights pioneer as the first black superstar in the NBA. He retired in 1969 as the undisputed GOAT.
Worst: Boston Celtics — Vin Baker
While Vin Baker didn’t arrive in Boston as part of the disastrous moves made by Rick Pitino, he arrived before Celtics fans could barely get the aftertaste of Pitino out of their mouths. Boston acquired the former four-time All-Star in a five-player deal (with the Seattle Supersonics trying to get out from the $86 million deal they handed him), and watched him put up 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in his first season in Beantown.
As most people recall, Baker became overwhelmed by his addiction to alcohol, which caused him to not only binge drink in his hotel room after games, but see his weight balloon up to almost 300lbs. Just two years after being traded to the Celtics, the team released him.