It has been a very lopsided decade for the Boston Celtics.
Virtually all of the team's success has come from 2007-08 on. The year or two leading up to the Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett trades were quite dismal.
With the 2012-13 team in a questionable state, 18 games into an up and down season, this is a good time to line up each team of the roller coaster decade Boston has endured. Here we'll take a look at what has changed and how the matchups would be created in this fictional universe.
Much like the 10-8 Celtics, the franchise has had high and low points throughout the past 10 years. Quite literally the only constants have been Paul Pierce and General Manager Danny Ainge, who was hired in the spring of 2003. Doc Rivers came on in 2004-05, while Rajon Rondo was not far behind. Then came the big trades, followed by numerous smaller deals and free agents.
From 2003-04 to 2012-13, it has been an exciting 10 seasons in Boston. While the Celtics hope the recent years are more of a harbinger for the future, perhaps they could learn a couple things from the pre-Big Three era teams.