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Full Name: Paul Anthony Pierce Current Team: Boston Celtics
Height/Weight: 6'7"/235 Number: 34
Birthdate: October 13, 1977 Entry Draft: 1st round (10th) in 1998
Birthplace: Oakland, California Drafted By: Boston Celtics
Position: SF/SG College: University of Kansas


Biography

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977 in Oakland, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He has been a starter every season since being selected by the Celtics in the 1998 NBA Draft, and is a 5-time All-Star.

College

Pierce averaged 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in his three seasons at the University of Kansas, where he majored in Crime and Delinquency Studies. He earned back to back MVP honors in the Big 12 Conference Tournament in 1997 and 1998. He entered the NBA Draft after his junior year with the Jayhawks, and was selected with the 10th overall pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.

NBA

(Not updated; updated up to the 2007 season) Pierce has averaged 23.6 points per game over his 9-year NBA career and is a 6-time NBA All-Star. Pierce's greatest season to date was 2005-2006 season. In the 2005-06 NBA season, Pierce had the highest points-per-shot average among the top 30 scorers in the league, indicating that he is an efficient and consistent player. On March 8, 2006 Paul Pierce extended his franchise-record streak of 30-point games at 8. On March 7, he scored seven points in overtime to beat the Washington Wizards on a "buzzer beater", and the next night the Celtics eked out a victory against Philadelphia on the strength of two late-game improbable shots by Pierce, one a three pointer, the other an off-balance "buzzer beater" for the win. He scored at least 30 points for the 13th time in 14 games (between February 4 and March 12), the best such stretch in Celtics history. He has six career triple-doubles, the most recent on March 8, 2006.

Stabbing Incident

On September 25, 2000, Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, the neck and the back while at a late night dance club in the Boston area. He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage. He still overcame the stabbing and was the only Celtic to start all 82 games that year .

2006-2007

That season was followed by his worse, where he was injured for a majority of the season and the Celtics had an abysmal 24-58 record. He then demanded Celtics president Danny Ainge for help or else he wanted out of Boston. After the Celtics failed to win one of the top lottery picks, Ainge acquired All-Stars Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and all trade rumors ceased.

Pierce, who has been with the Celtics for 10 years, is tied with Zydrunas Ilgauskas of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks for fourth place among active players who have played their entire NBA career for one team. Pierce also is the first Celtics player since Larry Bird to reach 2,000 points in a single season.

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Statistics

Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1999 BOS 48 47 1632 284 647 .439 84 204 .412 139 195 .713 117 192 309 115 82 50 113 139 791
2000 BOS 73 72 2583 486 1099 .442 96 280 .343 359 450 .798 83 313 396 221 152 62 178 237 1427
2001 BOS 82 82 3120 687 1513 .454 147 384 .383 550 738 .745 94 428 522 253 138 69 262 251 2071
2002 BOS 82 82 3302 707 1598 .442 210 520 .404 520 643 .809 81 485 566 261 154 86 241 237 2144
2003 BOS 79 79 3096 663 1592 .416 118 391 .302 604 753 .802 106 472 578 349 139 62 288 227 2048
2004 BOS 80 80 3099 602 1497 .402 115 384 .299 517 631 .819 69 453 522 410 131 52 303 234 1836
2005 BOS 82 82 2960 556 1223 .455 108 292 .370 549 668 .822 78 461 539 348 133 39 230 255 1729
2006 BOS 79 79 3084 689 1462 .471 111 314 .354 627 812 .772 77 453 530 375 107 34 273 223 2116
2007 BOS 47 46 1740 373 850 .439 107 275 .389 320 402 .796 39 238 277 194 48 13 152 122 1173
2008 BOS 80 80 2874 509 1098 .464 143 365 .392 409 485 .843 53 358 411 363 101 36 221 200 1570
2009 BOS 81 81 3035 540 1181 .457 119 304 .391 459 553 .830 56 401 457 294 80 27 228 214 1658
Career 813 810 30525 6096 13760 .443 1358 3713 .366 5053 6330 .798 853 4254 5107 3183 1265 530 2489 2339 18603

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1999 BOS 48 47 34.0 5.9 13.5 .439 1.8 4.3 .412 2.9 4.1 .713 2.4 4.0 6.4 2.4 1.7 1.0 2.4 2.9 16.5
2000 BOS 73 72 35.4 6.7 15.1 .442 1.3 3.8 .343 4.9 6.2 .798 1.1 4.3 5.4 3.0 2.1 0.8 2.4 3.2 19.5
2001 BOS 82 82 38.0 8.4 18.5 .454 1.8 4.7 .383 6.7 9.0 .745 1.1 5.2 6.4 3.1 1.7 0.8 3.2 3.1 25.3
2002 BOS 82 82 40.3 8.6 19.5 .442 2.6 6.3 .404 6.3 7.8 .809 1.0 5.9 6.9 3.2 1.9 1.0 2.9 2.9 26.1
2003 BOS 79 79 39.2 8.4 20.2 .416 1.5 4.9 .302 7.6 9.5 .802 1.3 6.0 7.3 4.4 1.8 0.8 3.6 2.9 25.9
2004 BOS 80 80 38.7 7.5 18.7 .402 1.4 4.8 .299 6.5 7.9 .819 0.9 5.7 6.5 5.1 1.6 0.7 3.8 2.9 23.0
2005 BOS 82 82 36.1 6.8 14.9 .455 1.3 3.6 .370 6.7 8.1 .822 1.0 5.6 6.6 4.2 1.6 0.5 2.8 3.1 21.6
2006 BOS 79 79 39.0 8.7 18.5 .471 1.4 4.0 .354 7.9 10.3 .772 1.0 5.7 6.7 4.7 1.4 0.4 3.5 2.8 26.8
2007 BOS 47 46 37.0 7.9 18.1 .439 2.3 5.9 .389 6.8 8.6 .796 0.8 5.1 5.9 4.1 1.0 0.3 3.2 2.6 25.0
2008 BOS 80 80 35.9 6.4 13.7 .464 1.8 4.6 .392 5.1 6.1 .843 0.7 4.5 5.1 4.5 1.3 0.5 2.8 2.5 19.6
2009 BOS 81 81 37.5 6.7 14.6 .457 1.5 3.8 .391 5.7 6.8 .830 0.7 5.0 5.6 3.6 1.0 0.3 2.8 2.6 20.5
Career 813 810 37.5 7.5 16.9 .443 1.7 4.6 .366 6.2 7.8 .798 1.0 5.2 6.3 3.9 1.6 0.7 3.1 2.9 22.9

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Tallied 2,071 points in 2000-2001, becoming the first Celtic to clear the 2000 point mark since Larry Bird completed the feat in 1988
  • Ranked eighth in NBA in points per game (25.3) in 2000-2001
  • Became the first Celtics player to win the NBA's Player of the Month Award in 15 years in March 2001
  • On 3/26, became the first Celtics player to win the NBA's Player of the Week award since Reggie Lewis in 1992
  • Ranked second in the NBA in steals per game (2.08) in 1999-2000
  • Participated in the Schick Rookie Challenge during the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend
  • A unanimous selection to the 1998-99 Schick All-Rookie First Team after leading the Celtics in three-pointers made (84, 10th in the NBA) and attempted (204, 18th), three-point percentage (.412, 10th) and steals (1.71 spg, 19th)
  • Ranked second among rookies in scoring (16.5 ppg), three-pointers made and attempted, three-point percentage, rebounds (6.4 rpg) and steals, fourth in blocked shots (1.04 bpg), fifth in assists (2.4 apg), sixth in double-doubles (3) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.439)
  • Named Rookie of the Month for February 1999, leading the NBA with 2.73 spg, leading all rookies with 20.4 ppg and adding 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.45 bpg
  • Made his NBA debut, totaling 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocked shots, against the Toronto Raptors on 2/5/99
  • Named First Team All-America by the AP after his junior season at Kansas in 1997-98 and was Honorable Mention All-America after his sophomore season
  • Named MVP of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in both 1996-97 and 1997–98
  • Shared Big Eight co-Freshman of the Year honors in 1995-96


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