Rasheed Wallace was supposed to make the Celtics unstoppable. A team that could easily challenge the 1996 Chicago Bulls’ record 72 win season. But Celtics fans have seen Wallace on the three point line more than they want.
Wallace has taken way too many threes, and is not playing in the paint. With his 6’10” frame, he should be posting up players on the block. His long arms and release on his hot make him an incredibly difficult player to block.
While his defense has been solid, his offensive presence has been has not materialized yet. It could just be he needs to gel with his new teammates. He is not used to playing alongside another talented big man like a Kevin Garnett.
Rasheed was brought in to also strengthen the depth of the Celtics’ frontline. This proved to be a smart decision because young forward Glen Davis has missed the entire season so far with an injury suffered in a fight with a friend before the season.
In time Rasheed will feel more comfortable. The Celtics defensive system is the toughest in the NBA to learn. His experience will definitely have a positive impact in the playoffs.