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The Celtics did not invent the modern superteam

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Every few weeks, I have the joy of seeing the very worst Twitter accounts have full diaper-filled meltdowns over the idea that Paul Pierce was good at basketball, the Paul Pierce who is the Celtics second-leading scorer of all time and outdueled LeBron James and Kobe Bryant to win Finals MVP. And for reasons I don’t understand, he’s always compared to Dwyane Wade, an outstanding player in his own right but five years Pierce’s junior and hardly a contemporary.

Apparently, that’s how you prove players are bad: by comparing them to players that are better. Only one of the following things can be true at the same time:

1) The 2008 Celtics were a superteam

2) Paul Pierce wasn’t good

I hardly even care to engage in the Pierce dialogue anymore, and in the specific instance where Wade’s name is invoked, there’s one stat that makes them really difficult to compare: Pierce played over ten thousand more minutes in the NBA. Sure, Wade’s peak was way higher, whereas Pierce’s workload was way heavier. Wade’s career accolades are pretty insane, but Pierce didn’t play next to Shaquille O’Neal or LeBron James.

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