Like any other team, the Boston Celtics have players that frustrate their fans. They may be extraordinarily talented players, but they still have tendencies that drive fans crazy.
The Celtics have the benefit of being one of the best teams in the league, so their list of such players is limited. However, even Boston's best members aren't perfect all of the time, and this article will bring that to light.
So, who are the C's' five most frustrating players? Let's get to it.
Okay. So Dooling isn't exactly an integral piece of the Celtics roster, but that doesn't mean that one can't be slightly miffed by his inconsistent play.
Throughout the course of the 2012 regular season, Dooling was an afterthought. He averaged four points in 14.4 minutes per game and didn't see floor time in big spots due to the aforementioned inconsistency. Then, the playoffs rolled around, and Dooling suddenly started to play better.
His defense became more tenacious, he hit timely threes, and his leadership was stronger than ever. That said, he still put up doughnuts in Games 6 and 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after playing so well in the first five games of the series. There's that inconsistency again.
Don't get me wrong. Dooling is a great locker room guy and was clearly a positive influence on Rajon Rondo this past season, but it would be pretty nice if his level of impressive play became more constant instead of sporadic.
Bass won over the hearts of Celtics fans everywhere in his first season in green, his Game 5 performance against the Philadelphia 76ers resembling something of legends. It also helps that he replaced a one-time fan-favorite who wore out his welcome in Glen Davis.
Despite all of that, Bass occasionally does things that stymie the enjoyment of a fan's watching experience.
Bass is an outstanding mid-range jump shooter for a power forward. Everyone knows that. What everyone also knows is that he (like the aforementioned Big Baby) has trouble finishing around the basket. There are times when he should just go up strong for the dunk, but he instead pump fakes and ends up in an awkward position.
Also, Bass does not have an inkling of a back-to-the-basket game. Can you recall a time when he ever even tried posting up?
If Bass would just develop some semblance of a postgame, he could be one of the best offensive big men in the league.
Green is a special case here. The player himself isn't frustrating; the circumstances surrounding the player are.
Of course, Green came over midway through 2010 to 2011 in the Kendrick Perkins trade. The 26-year-old was never able to find his groove in the Celtics' system during those few months, and his overall play suffered because of it. He certainly displayed moments of brilliance, but he just could not put together any kind of consistent stretch of good basketball.
Then, Green experienced a tumultuous year in 2012 and missed the entire season after undergoing heart surgery. The poor guy was all ready to play his first full season in Boston, but it was not to be.
Now, fresh off a four-year, $36 million deal, Green is all set. He has recovered from surgery and is prepared to play the entire 2012-13 season.
The kid is incredibly talented. He just needs the right opportunity to be able to showcase it.
Hopefully, the 2012-13 season can bring him that kind of opportunity.
Yes. Even the captain is baffling sometimes.
There is one specific thing that bothers me about Pierce: his carelessness in handling the basketball.
Too many times, Pierce makes lazy, uninspired passes that get batted away or picked off. This particularly happens when Pierce gets double-teamed, as he then tends to throw passes off of his back foot like a rookie quarterback.
It's not just passes, either. Sometimes when Pierce is bringing the ball up the floor, he neglects to watch his back, and an opposing player will sneak in behind him and poke the ball away.
It's little things like these that drive fans up a wall and can actually cost a team a game in the process.
See? Even future Hall of Famers have frustrating tendencies.
Rondo may be a top-flight floor general in the league. He may be an MVP candidate. He may go down as the best point guard to ever don a Celtics uniform. Regardless, he still does some things that make you pull your hair out at times.
The funny thing is, what makes Rondo so incredible is also what makes him so infuriating. His floor vision is so phenomenal that he can throw bullet passes to any of his teammates anywhere on the court with pinpoint accuracy. It seems like he can do this at a moments notice, too.
However, with that gift comes a curse, as Rondo has the tendency to try and force passes into tight areas which result in turnovers. Rondo also tries to get too fancy at times, throwing behind-the-back passes when a simple one-handed bounce pass would do.
Another "quirk" that Rondo has is passing out of wide open layups. This is something that he started doing even more this past season. Time and time again, Rondo would be in mid-flight going in for an uncontested layup, only to kick the basketball out to a teammate for a jump shot. That's too unselfish. Why pass up an easy two points?
Finally, it's no secret to anyone that Rondo is not a very good free-throw shooter, being a career 62 percent shooter from the stripe. If that isn't frustrating, then I don't know what is.
Yes, Rondo is outstanding. One can make a legitimate argument that he is the best point guard in the NBA, but that doesn't mean that he is immune from a little criticism.