Despite the Celtics' 17 NBA Championships and perennial success over the years, the team has faced some trying times throughout its history and gone through some dark periods. There have been times when it's seemed as if the Celtics just couldn't get the right mix of talent at the right time, and went on to suffer at the hands of their rivals.
At other times, however, the Celtics did have some semblance of talent, but were unable to build around them, leaving players with superstar potential high and dry, forcing them to carry the team themselves. It's these types of players who either ended up being traded out of Boston or left to endure a Championship-less career and the old "if they only had more talent around them..." attached to them for life.
Here, we'll examine some of the great players to grace the parquet floor during the darkest times in Celtic history and how they fared both during and beyond their time in Boston.