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Paul Pierce
Pierce with the Celtics in 2008
Personal information
Born October 13, 1977 (1977-10-13) (age 43)
Oakland, California
Nationality American
High school Inglewood (Inglewood, California)
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
College Kansas (1995–1998)
NBA Draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1998–2017
Career history
1998–2013 Boston Celtics
2013–2014 Brooklyn Nets
2014–2015 Washington Wizards
2015–2017 Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (2008)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2008)
  • 10× NBA All-Star (2002–2006, 2008–2012)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2009)
  • 3× All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003, 2008)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1999)
  • NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (2010)
  • No. 34 retired by Boston Celtics
  • Consensus first-team All-American (1998)
  • No. 34 jersey retired by the University of Kansas
  • McDonald's All-American (1995)
  • California Mr. Basketball (1995)
Career NBA statistics
Points 26,397 (19.7 ppg)
Rebounds 7,527 (5.6 rpg)
Assists 4,708 (3.5 apg)
Stats at NBA.com

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ESPN's NBA Countdown.

Pierce was a high school McDonald's All-American and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his junior year at Kansas. After being chosen by the Boston Celtics with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft, Pierce spent the first 15 years of his career with Boston. Pierce's nickname, "The Truth", was given to him by Shaquille O'Neal in March 2001. He starred as captain of the Celtics, earning 10 All-Star selections and becoming a four-time All-NBA team member. Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 to form a "Big Three" that led Boston to two NBA Finals and an NBA championship in 2008. Pierce was named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 2008. Along with Larry Bird and John Havlicek, Pierce is one of only three players to have scored more than 20,000 career points with the Celtics.

In July 2013, Pierce was traded to the Brooklyn Nets along with teammates Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. He signed with the Washington Wizards as a free agent in 2014. After one season with the Wizards, Pierce reunited with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers and signed with the Clippers. He spent two seasons with the Clippers before retiring in 2017. 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.

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