3. Paul Pierce is a machine
Please stop underrating Paul Pierce. Please, please, please. As Pierce passes more all-time greats in scoring he's bound to receive more accolades, but the Celtics captain is an under appreciated superstar, even in his own city. Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, and even Avery Bradley have gotten a ton of credit for Boston's recent surge, but the Celtics go nowhere without Pierce. If Pierce has luck creating his own shot and continues his playoff-level defense, the Celtics will be in good shape.