It's criminal that Sheed has never made an all defensive team. When Ben Wallace left Sheed still had had the team 7th in defense in 07. I don't really think he was wasted talent either but just an extremely unselfish player. As everyone knows Scottie Pippen was my favorite player of all time and I had NBA Ticket or whatever it was called so I watched almost every Blazer game through 2000-2003 and Sheed was plain just more talented offensively than Duncan, Garnett, Webber, or Mcdyess...he just plain:
1. Didn't demand the ball in the post enough
2. Didn't put the ball in on the floor enough. He was extremely underrated as a ball handler and while his turn around was better than anyone's in the league, he never got to the ft line that much because he never put the ball on the floor and went to the rim enough when he had the ability to. He was athletic as hell though and could run and finish as good as any PF ever has though during his youth.
It's his turn around though that was a thing of beauty. Like Kevin Garnett has had to really work at his and it's always been a really streaky shot. Like during the 2008 run he had it really going in the early rounds. Like vs the Pistons he was up against Sheed himself who was the best 1 on 1 defensive player he would face and he was just dropping turn arounds in his face. In the finals though...not so much. Sheed on the other hand especially during those Blazer years when he used to stay in the post (2001 particularly) was pretty much just unstoppable. There was nothing you could do. It was a thing of beauty. I remember the last year when he was playing for the Celtics where he took this turn around off this crazy angle for a bank shot. It was just like...
Are you ****ing shitting me? In the end it is still not wasted talent, it is just that he was the ultimate team player. He could have probably averaged 25ppg for 10 years if he had, had that personality, but he didn't.