It can't be made official until the NBA moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 10, but the Brooklyn Nets will have a roster stacked with veteran All-Stars for rookie head coach Jason Kidd after acquiring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics. Here are four things you need to know about the historical significance for both teams.
Celtics In Postseason Last 25 Years
End of an era in Boston
In 2008, Allen and Garnett were brought into Boston to form a Big Three with Paul Pierce. In their first season together they took home the NBA title, ending a 21-season championship drought for the storied franchise. Since then the core has been dismantled with Kendrick Perkins traded following the 2010 Finals loss and Ray Allen joining the Miami Heat as a free agent last offseason.
Since 2008, this postseason marked the only one in which the Celtics were eliminated in the first round.
PiercePierce one of the greatest Celtics
Pierce was drafted 10th overall by Boston in 1998 and just finished his 15th season with the franchise. He trails only Hall-of-Famer John Havlicek on the franchise’s scoring list, having scored more than 24,000 points in green and white.
Pierce also leaves as the Celtics all-time leader in 3-pointers (1,823) and steals (1,583). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no other player has spent at least 15 consecutive seasons with Boston and then moved on to another team.
Following the trade the Nets newly-minted coach will have a starting five in Garnett, Pierce, Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Brook Lopez that has combined for 35 All-Star selections (and $82.4M in 2013-14 salary). Among coaches to begin a season as head coach, Elias tells us those 35 combined All-Star selections would be the most on a head coach’s roster in his first NBA season.
If Kidd can guide the Nets to an NBA title this season, he would become just the fourth first-year NBA head coach to win an NBA title since 1950-51, according to Elias. The last to do it was Pat Riley, who led the Los Angeles Lakers to a title in the 1981-82 season.
Patching the holes
The Nets will see a huge bump in offensive production from their small forward spot this coming season. Last season Gerald Wallace averaged 7.7 PPG while Paul Pierce averaged 18.6 PPG.
The problem for Wallace was that he shot 27.3 percent outside the paint last season -- worst in the NBA among players that took at least 200 shots from that distance. Pierce by comparison shot 39.3 percent outside the paint.