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Celtics retire Paul Pierce’s #34 on Sunday; Cavs spoil affair with blowout of Celtics before ceremony

 

Paul Pierce with Celtics 2008 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Paul Piece, on of the top Boston Celtics players of all time in a 15-year career in Beantown, was on hand Sunday and had to watch his old team get their tails handed to them by an old adversary, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 121-99 rout on ABC TV.

Pierce, sitting with his family, former teammates, Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett and former coach Doc Rivers, were in street clothes and could not help the beleagured Celtics.

Pierce became the 22nd number retired in Celtics history. His number-34 was put into an eight-square banner that already featured the numbers of guard Dennis Johnson (3), forward Larry Bird (33), center Kevin McHale (32), guard/forward Reggie Lewis (35), center Robert Parish (00), and forward Cedric Maxwell (31).

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Pierce spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He became a bona fide star as captain of the Celtics, earning ten All-Star nods and becoming a four-time All-NBAteam member. After nine seasons of leading the Celtics as their sole star player, Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 to form a “Big Three” that together led Boston to the NBA Finals in 2008 and 2010, winning the 2008 NBA Championship. Pierce was instrumental to the Celtics’ 2008 championship run, as he was awarded the Finals MVP after averaging 22 points per game. Pierce is one of only three players, alongside Larry Bird and John Havlicek, to score over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He holds the Celtics’ record for most three-point field goals made and also ranks third in team history in games played, second in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in total assists, and first in total steals. He has also made the fourth most three-point field goals in NBA history, behind only Jason TerryReggie Miller and Ray Allen. His nickname, “The Truth“, was given to him by Shaquille O’Neal in March 2001.

In July 2013, Pierce was included in a deal that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. He signed with the Washington Wizards the following offseason, but after just one season with the Wizards, he moved back home to Los Angeles and reunited with his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers at the Clippers. He spent two seasons with the Clippers before retiring following the 2016–17 season. On July 17, 2017, the Celtics signed Pierce to a contract, enabling him to retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 15 NBA seasons.

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Denotes season in which Pierce won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Boston 48 47 34.0 .439 .412 .713 6.4 2.4 1.7 1.0 16.5
1999–00 Boston 73 72 35.4 .442 .343 .798 5.4 3.0 2.1 .8 19.5
2000–01 Boston 82 82 38.0 .454 .383 .745 6.4 3.1 1.7 .8 25.3
2001–02 Boston 82 82 40.3 .442 .404 .809 6.9 3.2 1.9 1.0 26.1
2002–03 Boston 79 79 39.2 .416 .302 .802 7.3 4.4 1.8 .8 25.9
2003–04 Boston 80 80 38.7 .402 .299 .819 6.5 5.1 1.6 .7 23.0
2004–05 Boston 82 82 36.1 .455 .370 .822 6.6 4.2 1.6 .5 21.6
2005–06 Boston 79 79 39.0 .471 .354 .772 6.7 4.7 1.4 .4 26.8
2006–07 Boston 47 46 37.0 .439 .389 .796 5.9 4.1 1.0 .3 25.0
2007–08 Boston 80 80 35.9 .464 .392 .843 5.1 4.5 1.3 .5 19.6
2008–09 Boston 81 81 37.5 .457 .391 .830 5.6 3.6 1.0 .3 20.5
2009–10 Boston 71 71 34.0 .472 .414 .852 4.4 3.1 1.2 .4 18.3
2010–11 Boston 80 80 34.7 .497 .374 .860 5.4 3.3 1.0 .6 18.9
2011–12 Boston 61 61 34.0 .443 .366 .852 5.2 4.5 1.1 .4 19.4
2012–13 Boston 77 77 33.4 .436 .380 .787 6.3 4.8 1.1 .4 18.6
2013–14 Brooklyn 75 68 28.0 .451 .373 .826 4.6 2.4 1.1 .4 13.5
2014–15 Washington 73 73 26.2 .447 .389 .781 4.0 2.0 .6 .3 11.9
2015–16 L.A. Clippers 68 38 18.1 .363 .310 .818 2.7 1.0 .5 .3 6.1
2016–17 L.A. Clippers 25 7 11.1 .400 .349 .769 1.9 .4 .2 .2 3.2
Career 1,343 1,285 34.2 .445 .368 .806 5.6 3.5 1.3 .6 19.7
All-Star 10 0 13.6 .456 .188 .727 2.6 1.8 1.2 .1 9.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Boston 16 16 42.0 .403 .288 .764 8.6 4.1 1.7 1.3 24.6
2003 Boston 10 10 44.5 .399 .356 .863 9.0 6.7 2.1 .8 27.1
2004 Boston 4 4 40.5 .342 .294 .839 8.8 2.5 1.3 1.0 20.8
2005 Boston 7 7 39.6 .505 .259 .868 7.7 4.6 1.9 1.4 22.9
2008 Boston 26 26 38.1 .441 .361 .802 5.0 4.6 1.1 .3 19.7
2009 Boston 14 14 39.7 .430 .333 .842 5.8 3.1 1.1 .4 21.0
2010 Boston 24 24 38.8 .438 .392 .824 6.0 3.4 1.0 .6 18.8
2011 Boston 9 9 38.1 .459 .447 .882 5.0 2.8 1.3 .4 20.8
2012 Boston 20 20 38.9 .386 .310 .894 6.1 3.1 1.5 .9 18.9
2013 Boston 6 6 42.5 .368 .268 .897 5.7 5.3 .8 .5 19.2
2014 Brooklyn 12 12 30.7 .465 .358 .781 4.5 2.0 1.2 .3 13.7
2015 Washington 10 10 29.8 .485 .524 .850 4.2 .9 .6 .7 14.6
2016 L.A. Clippers 5 1 10.8 .167 .200 .850 1.2 .2 .4 .0 1.2
2017 L.A. Clippers 7 0 14.4 .444 .400 1.000 2.0 .9 .3 .0 3.0
Career 170 159 36.6 .423 .355 .830 5.8 3.4 1.2 .6 18.7

Career highlights

NBA

  • NBA champion: 2008
  • NBA Finals MVP: 2008
  • All-NBA Second Team: 2009
  • 3-time All-NBA Third Team: 2002, 2003, 2008
  • 10-time NBA All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1999
  • NBA 3-Point Shootout winner: 2010
  • NBA regular-season leader, total points: 2002 (2144)
  • NBA regular-season leader, free throws made: 2003 (604)

College

  • Named First Team All-America by the Associated Press after his junior year at the University of Kansas.
  • Named Big Eight Freshman of the Year in 1995–96.
  • MVP of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in both 1997 and 1998.
  • Member of the All-Big 12 First Team in 1997–1998.

Other

Boston Celtics franchise records

  • Most points scored in a half (including Overtime): 46 (December 1, 2001 2nd Half vs. New Jersey Nets).
  • Most points scored in an overtime period: 13 (December 1, 2001 vs. New Jersey Nets)
  • Most three-point field goals made, career: 1578[68]
  • Most three-point field goals attempted, career: 4273[68]
  • Most free throws made, career: 5808[68]
  • Most free throws attempted, career: 7212[68]
  • Most free throws made in one game: 20 (November 2, 2002 vs. New York Knicks).
  • Most free throws attempted in one game: 24 (November 5, 2005 vs. New York Knicks).
  • Most free throws made in one half: 14 (March 2, 2001 vs. Utah Jazz).
  • Most free throws made in one season: 627 (2005–06, breaking his own record of 604 set in 2002–03).[69]
  • Most free throws attempted in one season: 812 (2005–06, breaking his own record of 753 set in 2002–03).[69]
  • Most steals in one game: 9 (tied with Larry Bird; December 3, 1999 vs. Miami Heat).
  • Most free throws made without a miss, playoffs: 21 (Game 1, 2003 Eastern Conference First Round).
  • Most points scored in one half, playoffs: 32 (Game 4, 2003 Eastern Conference First Round vs. Indiana Pacers).
  • Highest scoring average through one month: 33.5 PPG (February 2006).
  • Only Celtics player in franchise history to lead the NBA in total points scored in a season, scoring 2,144 points in 2001–02.
  • Oldest Celtics player to score 40 points in a game: 35 years, 2 months, and 6 days old (December 19, 2012 vs Cleveland Cavaliers)[70]
  • Currently is the Celtics’ second all-time leading scorer, behind John Havlicek. He also ranks second in team history in career scoring average, behind Larry Bird.[68

 

 

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