Although it's sad to say, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett's days as Celtics are numbered. But when all is said and done, does the banner honoring Celtic greats hanging in the Garden have room for #20 and #5?
Kevin Garnett enjoyed a fantastic career with the Timberwolves, highlighted by his MVP season. He led the league in rebounds for a couple years, made a few All-NBA 1st Teams, and even won the All-Star Game's MVP award. That being said, KG had some amazing years as a Celtic. First and foremost, KG helped bring a 17th Championship to the Celtics as a member of the Big 3. He was named to the All-NBA 1st team that year, and was named Defensive Player of the Year. He continued making All-Star teams and NBA All-Defensive First Teams. He was also the team's emotional leader for several years, keeping Ubuntu alive and preaching lock-down defense. If you ignore his clearly superior stint with the Timberwolves, and focus in on his achievements as a Celtic, it seems like a very solid resume for somebody looking to get their number retired.
Ray Allen also enjoyed a fantastic career prior to his days as a Celtic, but Ray was shipped around a little bit, playing for the Bucks and Sonics before coming to the Celtics. He isn't linked to a single other ball-club as much as KG is, so retiring his number as a Celtic seems more reasonable. But as a Celtic, he also had some amazing seasons of his own. He's leading all Celtics in three-point and free throw percentage in a season. He also has the highest career free throw percentage as a Celtic in history. In addition, he broke several NBA records as a Celtic, most notably the most 3 pointers ever made. Finally, he was a key cog in the Big 3's Championship run in 2008, and has been helping us contend ever since.
So what do you guys think? Despite their short tenure as Celtics, do they deserve to have their numbers hang from the banners?