Boston Celtics: Paul Pierce (Playoffs Starter Profile 3 of 5)

Andrew PalumboSenior Analyst IApril 17, 2008

#34 Paul Pierce (SF)
6'7" 235 pounds

Born: October 13, 1977
Hometown: Inglewood, California
School: Kansas University

Drafted: 10th Overall in 1998 (Boston Celtics)

Years in the League: 10

Career Highlights
Paul was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1998-99 season.
He made the All-NBA Third Team in 2002 and 2003.
Pierce has been named an NBA All-Star six times throughout his career.

Longest Playoff Run
Made it to the Eastern Conference Finals with the Celtics in 2002.

NBA Records
Most Free Throws Made without a Miss (in a playoff game) – 21  (Game 1, first round of the 2003 Playoffs)

Analysis of 2007-08 Contribution

Finally, Paul Pierce entered a season in the NBA without the responsibility of carrying a young team on his back. The additions of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and a host of experienced veterans meant that Paul could finally focus on his all-around game.

His scoring numbers dropped slightly, yet he became a more effective shooter. His rebounds also went down slightly, but the Celtics' overall numbers went up. Gone was the frequent pouting and grimacing during games. Instead, we've been treated to Paul hamming it up both on and off the court.

Paul's go-to move used to be a clear-out play where he drove to the hoop aggressively against two or three defenders. In the 2007-08 season, this is still Pierce's favorite play... with a twist. As he nears the hoop, more often than not, he head-fakes before wrapping the ball around the airborne defenders to a wide-open Perkins or Powe slam. 

Finally Paul has come to understand that two points is...well, two points no matter how you score it.

The maturity and dedication to defense that Pierce has shown throughout the season has earned him the right to be called "captain.”  No one on the team has benefited more from the "Ubuntu" mentality of the Celtics this year.

Quite frankly Paul Pierce is the best all-around player on the best team in the NBA.  Kobe who???  Paul Pierce for MVP!

Author's Note: I'm kidding. I don't care about the consolation prize, because Paul has his eyes on the real prize and so do I.