Walker is one of those guys that Celtics fans for the most part actually knew was overrated.
But it wasn't the city of Boston that overrated him: it was the NBA and its fans in general.
I mean, how in the world does a power forward who shot the ball at a 41.4-percent clip for his career end up on the cover of NBA Live '99? Then again, that was a lockout year, so maybe EA Sports just said to itself, "What the heck. Let's make it interesting and throw 'Toine on the cover."
Walker gave new meaning to the term "volume shooter," as the 6'9" forward's best shooting percentage as a Celtic was 44.2 percent. He did that in 24 games after being traded back to Boston during the 2004-05 season—including full years only, Walker's best percentage as a member of the C's was 42.5.
The thing is, Celtics fans knew all of this and they became increasingly frustrated with Walker as his career progressed.
Boston's organization obviously knew this, too. You're not going to see No. 8 hanging up in the rafters anytime soon. That is, unless Jeff Green suddenly turns into John Havlicek, of course.
Walker was a great character (we'll always have the shimmy), but as a player, he wasn't as good as some made him out to be.