Somebody named Kevin Sawyer who writes for a Pistons blog called Detroit Bad Boys has included a couple of Celtics on his All-Overrated Team.
C – Rasheed Wallace
Honestly, I think he makes Boston worse. They are already an elite
defensive squad, and his mediocre three point shooting will take
opportunities from more effective shooters. Oh, and Boston relies on
chemistry more than any other team. Also, anyone else as glad as I am
that we don’t have to hear “Rasheed would be the best big man in the
league if he’d stick to the post” 80 games a year? Nonsense. Sour
grapes? Perhaps, but ‘Sheed certainly hastened the fermentation process.
We're all dumber for reading that paragraph, and since a rebuttal could be handled by a preschooler, I'm turning the keyboard over to my 5-year old son. Here's goes: KG's absence from injury aside, the Celtics slipped a bit on defense last season. Rasheed Wallace will help prevent lapses, especially with the second unit. Is Sheed really a "mediocre" three point shooter? His career average of 34% is slightly better than LeBron's and Kobe's, and nobody calls them mediocre shooters.
F – Paul Pierce
What has he done without Kevin Garnett? For a guy who’s considered a
Hall of Fame lock, isn’t it reasonable to ask? Perhaps it’s only fair
that Pierce is earning kudos now. For years, he was underrated,
laboring for some poorly stocked squads. But his production has
slipped below all-star caliber, and he’s actually one reason why I
don’t think the Celtics belong in the same discussion as Orlando and
I don't have a problem with Sawyer questioning KG's impact on Pierce. But look at most HOFers who won championships, and you'll find other All-Stars on his team.
The reason Pierce's offensive production has allegedly slipped below All-Star caliber, is because he's sharing the ball with two future HOFers and a budding superstar point guard. On the other side of the ball, anyone who has watched at least one Celtics games over the past two years knows that Pierce has improved his defense.
My biggest gripe with this list – it doesn't include Vince Carter – the king of overrated players.