35 years old
No introduction really necessary for the Celtics captain Paul Pierce, but I'll give you one anyways.
Pierce has been the model of consistency for a franchise that has seen its ups and downs over his 15 year career in Green. 'The Truth', as he is known to his Boston Brethren, has been a mainstay for the Celtics year in and year out. On the offensive end he is a magician, not blessed with quickness or extreme athletic ability, but almost methodically is able to score at will using his size, strength, and natural basketball instincts.
Even though Pierce is no doubt beloved in Boston, he hasn't really gotten the recognition he deserves over his illustrious career nationally. Granted he is a perennial all star selection, but there was a time that he should have been mentioned in the same breath as the elite superstars in the league and wasn't due to the Celtics struggling to be relevant in the prime of his career.
Could you imagine if Pierce had someone other than Antoine Walker to play alongside how different his career would be viewed? Either way, on the Mt. Rushmore of Celtic greats, Pierce has proven he belongs.
Pierce was drafted out of Kansas in the 1998 draft and was picked 10th overall. His first season was the infamous lockout season of 1998-1999, however he was able to make an impact immediately and hasn't looked back.
Pierce has averaged 22.0 ppg over his career, good enough to pass Larry Bird last season as the second leading scorer in Celtics history. He only trails John Havlicek, by around 3,800 points. If he plays another three years he has a fighters chance of setting the record. We'll see what type of dent he makes this season.
Ladies and Gentlemen, your Captain Paul Pierce.
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