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In the last thirty years or so since I have been watching Celtics basketball I would have to pick KG over Bird. The reason is, as good as Bird was on offense I think KG was just as good on defense. Also, KG was a very good offensive player while Bird was good on defense, especially team defense, but he probably wasnt going to ever be your defensive stopper. KG might very well be your 'go to' offensive player in the clutch. It's close but I go with KG. I kind of think Pierce and Rondo both deserve mentions too.
John Havlicek gets so little respect. In 1971 he had one of the greatest seasons any Celtic ever had:28.9 PPG not in the 3 point era.9.0 RPG7.5 APG53% TS% which at that time for an outside shooter was great1st team All NBA2nd team All DefenseKG never had a Celtic season like that. Want an all around player? There you go.
All-around? It's gotta be Bird.
Went back and looked at some stats for Russell. Consider this line from 1961-62 -- 18.9 ppg, 23.6 rpg, and 4.5 apg. In the playoffs he bumped that up to 22.4 ppg, 26.4 rpg, 5 apg. There was no DPOY awarded back then, but he would have won it.Impossible to compare lines across eras, but that is incredible.