The Boston Celtics small forward recently was asked by a Spanish reporter if he thought Kobe Bryant was the best player in the world. Pierce said "no."
The MVP of the 2008 NBA Finals stated that he was "best player." He later added, "There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself."
Call me crazy, but I don't believe it is an overstatement to call Paul Pierce the best player in the world.
If you watched the NBA Finals, you saw Paul Pierce absolutely dominate the NBA's "best player" Kobe Bryant.
Last year, if I were to write this article, I would completely disagree with his statements, but he worked hard over the off-season and made himself one of the best defenders in the league.
Pierce is a 6-foot-5 small forward with the build of a power forward. He has bigger shoulders than some centers, this allows him to drive the lane, take contact, and finish the layup. He can score at will.
If there is a bigger player on him, he will take him out on the perimeter and blow by him. If he has a smaller defender on him then he will take him down on the block and go to work or take his trademark turnaround jumper.
Pierce has tremendous ability to drive to the hoop or to pull up and hit the 15 footers. He can also hit the three.