It doesn't matter how old they are, what their record is or where they stand in the Eastern Conference. This team is still laden with a considerable amount of talent.
Whatever is slowing them down this season, it is most certainly not the ability of the players. Perhaps the compacted season and reduced stamina because of old age? Regardless, here is why Boston is the fifth-most talented team.
First off, the big three, although on the tail end of their careers, are still incredible players in their own respect.
It's hard to think of another player as trustworthy as Ray Allen when taking a shot from downtown. This man is a fossil, but he still plays with the intensity and skill of a 23-year-old. So far, he is shooting with a whopping 56 percent success rate from behind the arc. That is absolutely incredible.
Paul Pierce still is a reliable jump shooter and handles the ball well in traffic. When it comes to universal value, it is arguable that Paul Pierce still holds rank amongst players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant.
Pierce also has an impressive three-point percentage this season: 41 percent. He averages 17 points per game and a solid five assists per game.
Garnett is still bringing phenomenal defense to the table, and exhibits a substantial amount of leadership on the team. This, believe it or not, requires talent.
Secondly, Rajon Rondo is a top-five point guard in the league. He is the most dangerous individual in the Celtics starting five.
There is not a more reliable player in the NBA, and Rondo has made some of the most incredible assists Boston, and the NBA, has ever seen.
When a player starts getting publicity because of how well he passes to scorers, then that's when you know he's talented.
His assists are just a small facet of his game. Rondo is a consistent and able scorer as well and he drains baskets with just as much skill as his passing game. Combine that with his superb ball-handling and you have one of the most talented and competitive young players to pick up the basketball.
The Celtics are now Rondo's team.
For these reasons, Boston arguably resides in the upper echelon of teams with the most talent.