Has Paul Pierce's Greatness Been Forgotten?

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Jan 28, 20232 min read

Paul Pierce, also known as "The Truth," was one of the biggest draws in the NBA for over a decade. He went toe to toe with superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and often came out on top. The Pierce led Boston Celtics success against LeBron has been cited as to the creation of the Heat big 3. However it seems towards the tail end of his career and in retirement, he has become disliked by many.

One reason for this is that Pierce played in the same era as many other all-time greats, such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and Tim Duncan. These players are often considered to be some of the best to ever play the game, which can make it difficult for Pierce to stand out. It does not help Pierce either that he played the same position as LeBron. Additionally, Pierce played for the Boston Celtics, which is a storied franchise with many all-time greats of its own, such as Larry Bird and Bill Russell. This can also make it difficult for Pierce to be recognized as one of the all-time greats.

Another reason for Pierce's lack of recognition is that he did not win as many individual awards as some of the other all-time greats. Despite Pierce being a ten-time NBA All-Star, he only won one NBA Finals MVP award, and he never won the regular season MVP award. Unfortunately individual awards and championships are often how well we remember players. Once a players prime fades away, it is always an uphill battle for players to maintain relevance.

Pierce is still loved by Celtic fans but his outspokenness against LeBron and other players in his post playing career as an analyst has turned NBA fans against him. Pierce was a common guest on shows like ESPN's The Jump and Pre/Half/Post game shows. His short lived career as an analyst had him trending on twitter with silly remark after silly remark.

Despite these factors, Paul Pierce was a highly skilled and versatile player who had a long and successful career. He was a very efficient scorer, and he was also a solid rebounder and passer. He was known for his clutch performances in important games and his ability to take over a game in the fourth quarter. He was also a leader both on and off the court, and he helped lead the Boston Celtics to the NBA championship in 2008. He ended his career with 26,397 points, good for 15th all-time, and had a career average of 19.7 points per game.

In conclusion, while Paul Pierce may not be as widely recognized as some of the other all-time greats, he was a highly skilled and accomplished player who had a long and successful career. He was known for his clutch performances, leadership, and versatility, and he was a key contributor to the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA championship. He is definitely a player that deserves to be remembered as one of the greats of his era.