Players like Paul Pierce don't grow on trees. They don't enter the league every year or even once every decade.
Players who stay with one team over 10 years, consistently lead said team to the playoffs, are an All-Star Weekend fixture, and eventually win a championship, then raise a Finals MVP trophy, are the rarest of the rare.
Pierce is now 35 years old and will be 36 in October. His days as a member of the Boston Celtics are winding down, and his prime is clearly in the rear-view mirror. Here are five extremely memorable moments from the future Hall of Famer's career.
They're ranked from least to most significant when looking back at the narrative of his career.