6. Larry Bird
Make no mistake: behind the the low-key, aw-shucks persona which Larry Bird created to play up his “hick from French Lick” nickname, there was a raging fire within Bird to absolutely vanquish any opponent whom he played against.
Along with being one of the most relentless workers off the court in NBA history, Bird played the game like Bobby Fischer played chess or Beethoven composed symphonies: with a level of knowledge and execution that seemingly surpassed even mastery.
In a city with a hallowed history of professional athletes like Boston, and a team with so many Hall of Famers like the Celtics there probably isn’t a player more revered than Bird himself.