Boston Celtics: Trade Value

Simmons: Celtics & trade value

February, 18, 2011
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Sam Sharpe/US PresswireKevin Garnett is one of three Celtics in Bill Simmons' annual top 50 for trade value.
ESPN.com's Bill Simmons provides his annual glance at the top 50 players in the NBA in terms of trade value. All of the criteria is explained in the intro to this year's two-part column. We've plucked the Celtics out to spotlight their rankings:
  • Honorable mention: Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis get a dual nod, but landed outside the top 50.
  • No. 29 Kevin Garnett: Of course, you can't mention Kevin Garnett in a sports column anymore without mentioning how much everyone hates Kevin Garnett. Since joining the Celtics, he's slowly morphed into the least-liked superstar in the league, this generation's version of Rick Barry or Isiah Thomas. That's been devastating for me for two reasons: He plays for my favorite team, and more importantly, that Barry/Isiah spot was supposed to go to Kobe. How did this thing flip so fast? Every day, I get at least one e-mail from a reader wondering, "How can you root for Kevin Garnett?"

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