Paul Pierce, instead of experiencing declining skills in basketball, continues to stay around the same.
Pierce or “The Truth”, whatever you want to call him is a huge reason why the Boston Celtics are in the thick of things in the Eastern Conference every season. Before Boston, Pierce starred at the University of Kansas for three seasons. Pierce averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game while at Kansas. He was named the Big 12 conference MVP in 1997 and 1998, his final two seasons with the team. Pierce was drafted by Boston with the 10th pick in the 1998 NBA draft.
As a rookie, Pierce played in 48 of the season’s 50 games due to a labor shortage. He averaged 16 points per contest. Things only improved for his second season, as Pierce increased his scoring average to 20 points per game. Third and fourth seasons, more of the same. In 2001, Pierce scored 26 points per game, in leading the Celtics to the playoffs.
Boston advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, before losing to New Jersey. More playoffs and better results were ahead. One bad season in 2005 occurred before the good could happen. Pierce was hurt for most of the season, and Boston finished with a 24-58 record. Then the team signed Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Boston immediately was a NBA final contender. Pierce’s scoring went down, to welcome the other stars, but the NBA title did come in 2007. Boston hasn’t won another title since this season, yet have come close. In 2009, the team fell to Miami four games to three in the Eastern Conference finals, after winning the first three games.
Pierce has averaged 22 points per game in his career. He is an 10-time all-star and made the All-NBA second team once and third team on three different occasions. Boston after a slow start this season has emerged as a threat in the Eastern Conference. Thanks to the big three: Allen, Pierce, Garnett and a newcomer Rajon Rondo.
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