We’re starting a new series today looking at former Boston Celtics players and where they are now. We begin with former small forward Wally Szczerbiak.
Szczerbiak was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1999 NBA Draft. He had an All American collegiate career for Miami (Ohio). His draft stock soared the year before the draft as he led the Red Hawks on a deep NCAA Tournament run. He had a fairly solid career with Minnesota before being traded to the Celtics during the 2007 season. He did not last with the team very long as he was traded to the Seattle Supersonics in the deal that brought Ray Allen to Boston. His career lasted a few more years before he ultimately retired.
Szczberiak had a pretty solid career, which is still quite baffling because I have never felt that he was a good player. He was strictly an outside shooter and very rarely took opponents to the hoop off the dribble. He was also a bit animated as a teammate, reportedly participating in arguments with Kevin Garnett and other players while with the Timberwolves. I am sure Szczerbiak isn’t a bad guy, he just didn’t seem to be the best teammate in the world, but hey, everyone is different.
Szczerbiak is now a studio analyst for CBS College Sports covering college basketball. He provides the network a strong presence and has a wealth of knowledge on the sport. He has not yet got into game commentary but I wouldn’t be shocked if that ended up happening fairly soon.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the Celtics homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on twitter at @rlunder18