Feb 26, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics small forward Gerald Wallace (45) moves the ball against Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver (26) and power forward Elton Brand (42) in the second half at TD Garden. The Celtics defeated the Halks 115-104. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Celtics 2014 Report Card: Gerald Wallace

Gerald Wallace

PPG: 5.1

RBG: 3.7

Moment of the Year: March 4th, 2014, the day Wallace had season-ending knee surgery so he would stay off the court for good.

No Celtics player was better than Gerald Wallace…at helping the team tank to a top-five first-round draft pick. Wallace has simply lost the athleticism that made him one of the more annoying players in the league to watch play against your team.

He used to be able to out-leap bigger players for rebounds, or stay with smaller guards and bang with bigger forwards at the defensive end, while also slashing like Shawn Marion to get easy hoops on the offensive side. His offensive game is now that of a jump shooter, who has issues getting the ball not just in the basket, but close to it.

Wallace was also a nuisance in the locker room for the first part of the season. He is usually known for his leadership capabilities since his days in Portland, but seemed fed up by his role on a team that was clearly going nowhere. Later in the year, he managed to stay out of the papers (or off the internet) and played miserable basketball until his injury forced him to be sidelined for the rest of this season.

We haven’t even discussed his horrendous contract and how no one will be taking that off the Celtic’s hands until its final year. Wallace will most likely be around next season, unless Danny Ainge wants to take back a different veteran at a similar price tag. I pray he does, because Gerald Wallace was the worst Boston Celtic of the 2013-2014 season.

Grade: F 

 

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