In the rich and glorious tradition of the Boston Celtics, where they have won the most NBA titles in league history, it may come as a surprise as to how subpar the franchise's ability has been to acquire a top free agent. I had the discussion recently and it seems all the Celtics' top players of all time were acquired via a trade or the draft.
In researching the candidates, I basically found a lot of guys that either didn't lead them to anything relevant or were only around for 1 season of the title-run. It's amazing that in their history the Celtics have never landed a big-time player via free agency, a clear-cut top 20 guy in the league at the time. It's even more amazing how there's no one worth mentioning between 1995 and 2007 (could this have anything to do with the Buffoon or Evil Emperor?)
Free agency hasn't been around that long so let's take a look back at the marquee guys Boston inked and vote in the poll who was the best ever.
Derek Smith, 1990. Was a prolific scor...