So far, this is looking to be the Celtics starting five:
Rasheed Wallace, age 35
Kevin Garnett, age 33
Paul Pierce, age 32 (33 in October)
Ray Allen, age 34
And the youngest, Rajon Rondo, age 23.
The point is, these guys have passed their prime. Yes they are still magnificent players, but as fans we tend to overlook the fact that as players age, they become less significant.
In the past two seasons, Ray Allen has dropped 8.2 PPG off of his scoring average.
Paul Pierce averages less in every statistical category from two seasons ago, including 4.5 points per game.
Now you would say that since they play together on a better team, their stats would naturally go down, except assists. Every player on that starting roster, except Rajon Rondo, has seen their assists decrease season by season.