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The Boston Celtics are not only the 2024 NBA champions, but also the NBA’s all-time champion team. After overwhelming Dallas in five games for the current title on June 17, Boston now has a record 18 championships, one more than the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics have been so dominant all season that it’s hard to know where to begin with the praise.

Let’s start with the trainer.

Not an average guy: Joe Mazzulla, 35, is the youngest head coach since 1970 (Bill Russell with Boston) to win an NBA title. In his two seasons (the first as interim) as Boston’s head coach, he posted a 121-43 (74%) record, the best in NBA history for any coach with at least 150 games played.

Beantown Brown: The 6’6″ forward averaged 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in the finals to win the Bill Russell Finals MVP Trophy. He was also instrumental in defending Dallas star Luka Doncic.

In 2023, Brown signed a five-year, $304 million contract with the Celtics. He has paid dividends.

Off the field, Brown (wearing number 7) is the founder of the 7uice program in Boston, which helps black and brown children succeed.

Don’t forget Jayson: Jayson Tatum wasn’t the MVP, but he could have been.

In the five final games, Tatum averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. In the decisive game, he scored 31 points, eight rebounds and eleven assists.

Tatum is the seventh Duke graduate to win an NBA title, joining Jeff Mullins, Danny Ferry, Shane Battier, Dahntay Jones, Quinn Cook and Jack White.

Finally: In his 18th NBA season, 38-year-old Al Horford won his first title.

The former Florida All-American came to the Celtics’ aid when the versatile 7-foot-1 Kristaps Porzingis was injured early in the playoffs and made only limited contributions.

Porzingis’ absence could have sunk Boston’s ship, but that didn’t happen, as “Ageless Al” became the first Dominican-born player to win an NBA ring.

Looking ahead: The Celtics are likely to start next season as clear favorites to defend their title. All of their star players have contracts until 2025, so fans don’t have to wait long. The new season starts on October 22nd.