Well, 34 is going up. I bet if we win another title both 20 and 5 go up. 9 is on its way so far. And regardless of what happens, if he finishes out his contract Doc Rivers would have been here at least 12 seasons, second only to Red in every category. I bet we see something similar to Luscutoff with "DOC" being retired or something. Also wouldnt surprize me to see Ainge's 44 go up at some point.
The C's haven't applied the most rigorous standards to retired numbers over the years. I don't think they're going to start now.
Pierce, of course, is a no-brainer.
Unless he goes to the Lakers or something, KG's #5 will be retired too. KG is probably one of the 25 best players ever to play the game, and he was the best player on a championship team here. That's enough to get your number retired in most cities.
Ray is a close call. I think it would be unprecedented for a Hall of Famer to win a ring and make an All-Star appearance during his time here, but not have his number retired. (I threw in the All-Star requirement to distinguish Ray from Bill Walton.) Dennis Johnson is a good parallel -- DJ won two rings here, but Ray was a better player, both overall and during their respective stints in Boston. And while most clubs wouldn't have retired DJ's #3, he's definitely not the least deserving player the C's have honored.
Edited by maufman, 15 May 2011 - 06:27 AM.