Wedman, Walton, & Sichting: Do I Hear a Challenge to Their Throne?


Perhaps the most celebrated second unit in Celtics history, the 1986 reserves, played the starters better than most opposing teams. That pattern could be replayed this season. “It is happening,” coach Doc Rivers said. “Our second team is good. I think it was like that two years ago for us too. They just didn’t take any crap from the first unit. That’s when you have a bunch of veterans on your second unit.

“I played on a team with the Spurs late in my career and it was myself, Terry Cummings, Moses Malone, Chuck Person. I mean, that’s an old team coming off the bench. We routinely gave it to the first unit, and even if they were beating us, we physically beat ’em down because we could."


As I said during the game, the Rockets didn't look like they belonged on the floor with the Celtics' first unit, and that didn't change when the Celtics' reserves took the floor. Scott Wedman, Bill Walton, and Jerry Sichting actually started slow during the 1985-86 season, but began showing signs of life at mid-season, and then really hit their stride down the stretch. In one game, KC Jones actually started his bench and won. At the end of the year, the Celtics' best reserve--Bill Walton--was honored with the NBA's Sixth Man Award.

Could the 2009-10 Celtics' bench give them a run for their money?


FLCeltsFan said...

I really think that this bench is going to finish as one of the best benches in the league and will definitely give that 86 bunch a run for their money. They may start a little slow while they all find their roles and get used to the plays etc, but by the end of the year they will be clicking on all cylinders. We have a deep and talented bench. No question about it.

Lex said...

Should be fun!

FLCeltsFan said...

Mike and Tommy compared the Sheed signing to the Walton signing on the pregame show. Won't be long till the whole bench comparison is made.

Lex said...

So in the history of the NBA, who is marquis daniels most like? I can't think of anyone. I know Doc compared him to paul pressy or ricky pierce. But they weren't slithery. Michael Cooper couldn't play point. Augmon was a defensive specialist. I can't think of anyone.

FLCeltsFan said...

Since I first read that question I have been wracking my brain to try to think of someone I could point to whose game mirrors Quisy's and so far haven't thought of a one.

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