Paul Pierce is entering the Basketball Hall of Fame with a wild journey to Springfield. He will be accompanied by former C’s teammate and Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett. Pierce’s tough attitude and unshakeable confidence was always on display during his 19-year career. His playoff battles against Kobe’s Lakers and LeBron James will always be among his best performances and memories.
In his 15-year Celtic career, Pierce delivered countless iconic moments but none will surpass his Finals MVP in 2008. Pierce was able to secure banner 17 for the Celtics, and their first in 22 years, against their biggest rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.
The 10-time all-star also ranks highly in the Celtics’ record books. He is the all-time three-point field goal and steals leader and finishes second in scoring with 24,021 points. He also appeared in the third most games for the C’s with 1,102, just four games behind the second spot.
The Celtics immortalized Pierce for his accomplishments in 2018 by hanging his number 34 in the rafters. He is the 22nd player to receive that honor in Boston. It is now the NBA’s turn to give him that honor as part of his enshrinement into the 2021 Hall of Fame class.
To the average NBA fan, Pierce will be remembered for his egregious hot takes or his wheelchair game but for C’s fans, he’ll be remembered as a legend whose hard work and gritty attitude is the embodiment of what it means to be a Boston Celtic
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