5 best Boston Celtics to never win a ring

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4. Dee Brown

The 19th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft out of Jacksonville, Brown is surely best remembered for winning the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest as a rookie. A no-look dunk was the highlight of his performance, even if was ultimately just icing on the cake with little doubt he would win.

But over his seven-plus seasons with the Celtics, Brown became a useful player as he averaged over 10 points per game in five straight seasons. At his peak he averaged more than 15 points per game in each of the two seasons he started most of his games (38.5 percent from 3-point range in 1994-95), along with being a solid all-around stat sheet filler through his entire run in Boston. He posted more than 6 Win Shares in three straight seasons (1992-93, 1993-94 and 1994-95).

Boston’s 30-plus year title drought leaves players like Brown behind when thinking about franchise history. But Celtics’ fans surely have strong memories of his dunk contest win, and the totally early 90’s haircut he had during that All-Star Weekend exhibition.