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Friday, 06 September 2013 17:46

What to Expect From Gerald Wallace in 2013-14

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Sloan Piva (@sloanpiva)

"Crash" comes to Boston as one of the more expensive parts of the Pierce/KG trade, but he's also probably the best all-around offensive player of the mix. Wallace will cost the C's over $30 million over the next three seasons, so it's a distinct possibility he gets dealt if president of basketball operations Danny Ainge can find a way. But if he stays on board, his role on this team could equal one of the more dynamic hybrid bench threats in the league. He's only a couple years removed from an All-Star 2009-10 season, in which he posted 18 points and 10 rebounds per game with the Bobcats. The Celtics need his rebounding, hustle, intelligence and scoring ability for things to work between them. Basically, he needs to forget about his woes last season and the Celtics need to forget about how much he costs this season.

Stat Projections:

29.5 MPG, 15.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 42.5% FG

Rich Conte (@richconte)

As recently as four seasons ago, Celtics fans would have been ecstatic over the possibility of acquiring Gerald Wallace.  The 6-7 Swiss Army knife was a rugged defender and rebounder, as well as an opportunistic scorer perfectly suited to come off the bench and put a title threat like the Celtics over the top.  Four years later, taking on his contract (roughly $30M over the next three seasons) was the bitter pill that Boston had to swallow in the deal that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn in exchange for a bounty of draft picks and expiring contracts.

Wallace’s skills, or at least the perception of the value he brings on the court, have deteriorated significantly since his appearance in the 2010 All Star game.  He has gone from a line of 18.2/10.0/.484/.371/.776 with Charlotte in 2010 down to 7.7/4.6/.397/.282/.637 last season with the Nets.  The best case scenario for the Celtics this season is that Wallace is able to reestablish enough value that he becomes an attractive trade target for a contending team at the deadline.  Given that, he is likely to see steady minutes backing up Jeff Green at the 3 and even playing alongside Green in smaller lineups.  If Rajon Rondo returns to form early in the season and the Celtics commit to playing a more up-tempo game, Wallace will have a decent chance at a bounce-back year.

Stat Projections:

27.4 MPG, 11.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.9 SPG, 44.3 FG%

Tim MacLean (@TimMacLean_)

At this stage of his career Gerald Wallace is nothing more than a role player and that’s exactly what he’ll be for the 2013-14 Celtics.

With Jeff Green slated to enter the starting line-up this season, Wallace has a chance to become the first option of off Brad Stevens’ bench. The 31 year-old forward may have had a down year with the Nets last season but Wallace’s track record proves to us that he can still make a substantial impact in this league.

Prior to having his worst statistical season since his third year in the league, Wallace had averaged at least 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game over the last eight seasons. But while that’s certainly impressive it’s also concerning that he’s never played a full 82 game season throughout his 12 year career. If he can stay healthy for the majority of the year then Wallace could definitely be an 11 and 5 guy for the Celtics, possibly better depending on how much burn he gets.

Ultimately it’s going to come down to how efficient he can be on the offensive end of the floor. Wallace has converted on .468 percent of his field goals over the course of his career but in 2012-13 he only was only able to shoot at a .397 clip. If he can reclaim his rep as an accurate scorer from the field then he’ll be go back to being a very serviceable player on both ends of the floor (career 103 DRtg).

Stat Projections:

26.3 MPG, 12.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.3 SPG, 46.7 FG%