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Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American retired professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball
Basketball
Association (NBA). Pierce was a high school McDonald's All-American and earned consensus first-team All-America honors in his junior year at Kansas. Pierce spent the first fifteen years of his career with the Boston Celtics, who drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. He became a bona fide star as captain of the Celtics, earning ten All-Star nods and becoming a four-time All-NBA
All-NBA
team member. After nine seasons of leading the Celtics as their sole star player, Pierce combined with Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
and Ray Allen
Ray Allen
in 2007 to form a "Big Three" that together led Boston
Boston
to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in 2008 and 2010, winning the 2008 NBA Championship. Pierce was instrumental to the Celtics' 2008 championship run, as he was awarded the Finals MVP after averaging 22 points per game. Pierce is one of only three players, alongside Larry Bird
Larry Bird
and John Havlicek, to score over 20,000 points in their career with the Celtics alone. He holds the Celtics' record for most three-point field goals made and also ranks third in team history in games played, second in points scored, seventh in total rebounds, fifth in total assists, and first in total steals. He has also made the fourth most three-point field goals in NBA history, behind only Jason Terry, Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
and Ray Allen. His nickname, "The Truth", was given to him by Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal
in March 2001. In July 2013, Pierce was included in a deal that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets, along with teammates Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
and Jason Terry. He signed with the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
the following offseason, but after just one season with the Wizards, he moved back home to Los Angeles and reunited with his former Celtics coach Doc Rivers
Doc Rivers
at the Clippers. He spent two seasons with the Clippers before retiring following the 2016–17 season. On July 17, 2017, the Celtics signed Pierce to a contract, enabling him to retire as a member of the organization with which he spent his first 15 NBA seasons.

Contents

1 High school career 2 College career 3 NBA career

3.1 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1998–2013)

3.1.1 Early years 3.1.2 Becoming an NBA elite 3.1.3 NBA champion and Finals MVP 3.1.4 Coming up short

3.2 Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
(2013–2014) 3.3 Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
(2014–2015) 3.4 Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(2015–2017) 3.5 Retiring as a Celtic (2017)

4 International career 5 Personal life

5.1 Stabbing incident 5.2 Nickname

6 NBA career statistics

6.1 Regular season 6.2 Playoffs

7 Career highlights

7.1 NBA 7.2 College 7.3 Other 7.4 Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
franchise records

8 See also 9 References 10 External links

High school career Pierce was born and raised in Oakland, California. His family later moved to Inglewood, California, where he attended Inglewood High School. He was cut from Inglewood High's varsity basketball team his freshman and sophomore years, and seriously thought about transferring before spending extra time in the gym and becoming the star of the team by the end of his junior year.[1] Pierce went on to participate in the 1995 McDonald's All-American Game alongside future NBA stars Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Stephon Marbury, and Antawn Jamison, and was a contestant in the game's Slam Dunk Contest, which was won by Carter. He grew up a Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
fan and dreamed of playing for the team.[2] On January 31, 2012, Pierce was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All-Americans.[3] College career Pierce spent three years at Kansas between 1995 and 1998. He earned honorable mention All-Big Eight honors and was selected second team Freshman All-American by Basketball
Basketball
Weekly. He was also honored as the Big Eight Co-Freshman of the Year with Colorado's Chauncey Billups. During summer of 1996, Pierce earned a spot on the roster of the USA's Under 22 team and helped USA go unbeaten in the World Championship-qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico. As a sophomore, Pierce captured the first of two Big 12 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player awards after averaging 21.7 points and guiding Kansas to the inaugural tournament championship.[4] As a junior in 1997–98, Pierce won Most Valuable Player honors in both the Preseason NIT and the Big 12 Conference Tournament. He was selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference by both the AP and Coaches, and was named Associated Press
Associated Press
First Team All-American and a finalist for the 1998 John Wooden and Naismith awards. He scored 777 points as a junior—the fifth-most single-season point total in Jayhawks history. He ranks as the fifth-leading scorer in Kansas history (1,786 points) and 11th on the all-time rebounds list (676).[4] Pierce left the University of Kansas
University of Kansas
following his junior season and entered the 1998 NBA draft. NBA career Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
(1998–2013)

Pierce attempting a dunk in January 2000.

Early years Pierce was selected with the 10th overall pick in 1998 NBA draft
NBA draft
by the Boston
Boston
Celtics, a team he despised growing up.[5] A starter from the get-go, he scored 19 or more points in 10 of his first 11 contests, and was on his way to being one of the best young players in the game. For the year, he averaged 16.5 points and finished third in the voting for Rookie of the Year honors. In his second season, he raised his scoring average to 19.5 points per game, and was turning into one of the elite offensive players in the NBA. By his third season in the league, Pierce was ready for a breakout year.[6] In the 2000–01 season, Pierce appeared in 82 games (all starts), averaging 25.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.68 steals in 38.0 minutes. He led the Celtics and finished eighth in the league in points per game, fourth in total points (2,071). He was named NBA Player of the Month for March 2001 after averaging 30.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.60 steals for the month.[4] Becoming an NBA elite In the 2001–02 season, Pierce was named Eastern Conference Co-Player of the Month twice, for December and April.[4] That season, Pierce led the Celtics to the playoffs for the first time in seven years and on to the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 3 of the conference finals, the Celtics pulled off the greatest fourth-quarter comeback in NBA playoff history, with Pierce scoring 19 of his 28 points in the final 12 minutes as Boston
Boston
overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the New Jersey Nets 94–90.[7] The win gave the Celtics a 2–1 advantage in the series; however, the Nets went on to win the series in six games. From 2002 to 2006, Pierce made the All-Star team every season. He led the league in total points (2,144) in 2002, and was an All-NBA
All-NBA
Third Team selection in 2002 and 2003. He was also selected as a member of the US national team in 2002, and played in the FIBA World Championships. But while Pierce was achieving astounding personal success, the Celtics as a franchise was stumbling. In the 2006–07 season, Boston
Boston
finished with 24 wins—second-worst record in the NBA—and Pierce played only 47 games due to injury. NBA champion and Finals MVP Prior to the 2007–08 season, the Celtics acquired the services of fellow NBA All-Stars Ray Allen
Ray Allen
and Kevin Garnett. The pair combined with Pierce to form a "Big Three", with the trio going all in to contend for a championship immediately. Pierce slimmed down to his college weight of 235 lb (107 kg; 16.8 st) and vowed to pay more attention to defense, as he did not have to carry the offense anymore.[8] The Celtics completed the largest single-season turnaround in NBA history, with the "Big Three" leading Boston
Boston
to 66 wins in the regular season, a 42-game improvement. However, the team struggled initially in the playoffs. The Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
took them to seven games in the first round, as did the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in the conference semifinals. In Game 7 of their series against the Cavaliers, Pierce racked up the second most Game 7 points in franchise history with 41 as the Celtics edged the Cavaliers to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.[9] The Celtics went on to defeat the Detroit Pistons in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, winning two road games.

Pierce at the Celtics' 2008 championship parade.

On June 5, 2008, in Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals
2008 NBA Finals
against the Los Angeles Lakers, Pierce was injured in the third quarter and was carried off the court in serious pain.[10] However, he came back to the court only a few minutes later to spark the Celtics with 15 points in the third quarter en route to a 98–88 victory.[11][12] He went on to lead the Celtics to their 17th championship with a 4–2 series victory over the Lakers. Pierce was named the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
Most Valuable Player after averaging 22 points per game over the six-game series.[13] Not long after winning the championship, Pierce was asked, "Is Kobe [Bryant] really the best player in the world?" Pierce responded by saying, "I don't think Kobe is the best player. I'm the best player. 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." The quote drew minor controversy.[14] Coming up short

Pierce being defended by LeBron James
LeBron James
in October 2008.

Pierce and the Celtics looked to repeat as world champions during the 2008–09 NBA season. Pierce missed only one game the entire season and led the team in scoring. He was named to the 2009 NBA All-Star Game and for the first time to the All-NBA
All-NBA
Team Second Team. Despite Pierce's success, with Kevin Garnett
Kevin Garnett
injured, the Celtics lost in the second round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. At the 2010 NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
Game at Cowboys Stadium
Cowboys Stadium
in Arlington, Texas, Pierce became the first Celtic since Larry Bird
Larry Bird
to win the Three-Point Shootout.[15] In game 3 of the first round between the Celtics and Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, Pierce hit a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer to beat Miami
Miami
100–98, and give the Celtics a 3–0 series lead.[16] The Celtics went on to win that series, and also defeated the heavily favored Cavaliers in the second round. They faced the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals, and beat them in 6 games to advance to their second Finals appearance in the Big 3 era. They faced off against the Lakers in a rematch of the 2008 NBA Finals, and took a 3-2 lead heading back to Los Angeles. However, in spite of Rasheed Wallace more than making up for the loss of injured center Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics were blown out in game 6 and lost a 13-point second half lead in game 7, losing the deciding game 83–79. On June 29, 2010, Pierce opted out of his contract and triggered his early termination contract to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2010.[17] However, on July 2, Pierce and the Celtics verbally agreed to a four-year extension keeping him in Boston
Boston
through the 2013–14 season.[18] On November 3, 2010, during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Pierce scored his 20,000th career point on a free throw, becoming the third player in Celtics history to reach that milestone solely in a Celtics uniform.[19] The Celtics finished the season with the number 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and swept the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
in the first round of the playoffs. In the second round, the Celtics took on the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
and their big three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. The Celtics lost to Miami, who eventually moved on to the NBA Finals, in five games. On February 7, 2012, during a game against the Charlotte Bobcats, Pierce scored fifteen points to pass Larry Bird
Larry Bird
for second place on the Boston
Boston
Celtics' all-time scoring list. He was named to his tenth NBA All-Star
NBA All-Star
appearance on February 9, 2012. He then played his 1,000th career game with the Celtics on March 9, 2012 against the Portland Trail Blazers; only Pierce, John Havlicek, and Robert Parish have played in over 1,000 career games for the Celtics. For the 2011–12 season Pierce averaged 19.4 points, 4.5 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game as the Celtics finished the season 39-27 in the lockout shortened season. In the playoffs, the Celtics beat the Hawks in six games in the first round, as Pierce averaged 21.2 points per game during the series. In the conference semifinals the Celtics faced the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
led by Doug Collins. They pushed the Celtics into a full seven game series, but the Celtics won the final game 85-75. The Celtics then played the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in the conference finals. Pierce hit a crucial 3-pointer over LeBron James
LeBron James
in game 5 to take a series lead of 3-2, but the Celtics lost the last two games, and the Heat advanced to the NBA Finals. Pierce finished the playoffs averaging 18.9 points per game while shooting only 38.6 percent from the field and 31 percent from three. The 2012–13 season did not go as planned for Celtics, with All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo
out with a torn ACL injury. On January 27, 2013 against the Miami
Miami
Heat, Pierce recorded his first triple-double of the season with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. On February 10, 2013 against the Denver Nuggets, Pierce recorded his second triple-double of the season with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists becoming the oldest player, in a game of any length, to record at least 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists (previously held by Larry Bird). On March 29, 2013 against the Atlanta Hawks, Pierce recorded his third triple-double of the season with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Pierce finished the 2012–13 season with season averages of 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game while the Celtics managed to clinch the 7th seed in the playoffs with a 41-40 season record (with one game not played because of the Boston Marathon bombings). The Celtics lost to the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
in the 1st round in six games. Pierce averaged 19.2 points per game while shooting a poor 36.8 percent from the field and 26.8 percent from three point range along with 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the playoff series loss. Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
(2013–2014)

Pierce in his lone season with the Brooklyn Nets

On June 28, 2013, the day of the NBA draft, the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
and Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn Nets
reached a deal to trade Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry for future first-round picks in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 drafts and Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks, and Keith Bogans.[20] The deal was completed on July 12, 2013. Brooklyn also received D. J. White.[21] Pierce convinced Garnett to waive his no-trade clause so that the deal could come to fruition.[22] At an introductory press conference with Garnett and Terry following the trade, Pierce stated, "We are championship driven... We made a lot of money in our careers. We have won a number of awards. At this point right now, we are about winning a championship. Brooklyn gives us the best opportunity."[23] In 2013–14, Pierce appeared in 75 games, including 68 starts, averaging 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.0 minutes. He scored 1,000 points for the 15th straight season, becoming the only active NBA player and the sixth player in NBA history to score 1,000 points in 15 straight seasons (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, John Havlicek, Elvin Hayes, Robert Parish). He passed Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
and Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing
on the NBA's all-time scoring list (moved up to 18th in NBA history), moved into fifth place in all-time NBA history with 1935 career three-pointers made, and had his most steals (86) in a season since 2007–08. He came off the bench more times in 2013–14 (seven games) than he did in his previous 15 seasons combined (three games). On April 11, 2014 against Atlanta, Pierce became the fourth active player (Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
and Garnett) and the 18th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points.[24] The Nets were in the mix prior to the season to be contenders in the Eastern Conference alongside the Miami
Miami
Heat. Pierce and Garnett were set to be the 'supporting cast' to Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. However, with Lopez going down with a season-ending injury in December, Pierce was entrusted with the starting power forward spot. As the season moved along and the Nets continued to struggle, doubt began to creep around the locker room, front office, and fan base. That's when the Nets saw revitalization in Pierce's game and his never-say-die attitude. After scrapping past the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs thanks to a last-second block from Pierce in Game 7, their attempt to get past the Heat and win a championship fell short. They lost to Miami
Miami
in five games in the second round, and questions began to linger about whether Pierce would give it another year in Brooklyn.[25] Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
(2014–2015)

Pierce with the Wizards in 2014

On July 17, 2014, Pierce signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Washington Wizards.[26][27] With 14 points against the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
on November 25, 2014, Pierce passed Jerry West
Jerry West
for 17th place on the NBA's career scoring list.[28] Two weeks later, Pierce passed Reggie Miller
Reggie Miller
for 16th place on the NBA's career scoring list with a season-high 28 points against the Boston
Boston
Celtics.[29] On January 14, 2015, Pierce passed Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd
for fourth all-time in three-pointers made in a 105–99 win over the Chicago Bulls.[30] Eleven days later, he recorded his 2,000th career three-pointer in a 117–115 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets.[31][32] On February 2, 2015, he passed Alex English
Alex English
for 15th place on the NBA's career scoring list with 11 points against the Charlotte Hornets.[33] Pierce finished the regular season averaging 11.9 points per game, a career low. On May 9, 2015, Pierce made a two-point shot with three defenders on him at the buzzer to defeat the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
103–101 and take a 2–1 series lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. He finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds.[34] In Game 6 of the series on May 15, the Wizards were down 94–91 with seconds remaining when Pierce launched a three-pointer, hoping to extend the Wizards' season by forcing overtime. The shot swished, apparently tying the score at the buzzer, but the play was reviewed, showing the clock expired before Pierce released the basketball.[35] Pierce finished the playoffs averaging 14.6 points and shot 52.4 percent from three in 10 playoff games. On June 27, 2015, Pierce opted out of the second year of his contract with the Wizards to become a free agent.[36] Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
(2015–2017) On July 10, 2015, Pierce signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.[37][38] He made his debut for the Clippers in the team's season opener against the Sacramento Kings on October 28, recording 12 points and 7 rebounds off the bench in a 111–104 win.[39] With Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson
starting at small forward, Pierce began the season as a role player off the bench for the first time in his career.[40] He started in three games midway through November, but quickly returned to a bench role with coach Doc Rivers constantly shifting his starting small forwards around. Over his first 20 games of the season, Pierce went scoreless in five of those contests, two more times than in his previous 17 seasons combined.[41] On December 16, Pierce scored six points against the Milwaukee Bucks. In the game, he hit a buzzer beater to end the first quarter and became the fifth active player and 16th in NBA history to reach 26,000 points.[42] On December 26, he scored a season-high 20 points against the Utah Jazz, recording 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range to help the Clippers win 109–104.[43] On January 16, 2016, Pierce missed a potential tying three-pointer with 25 seconds left in the game against the Sacramento Kings. He scored 7 points in the 110–103 loss, snapping their 10-game winning streak. In that game, Pierce went over 45,000 minutes for his career, becoming the fifth active player and 17th in NBA history to reach that mark.[44] On September 26, 2016, Pierce announced that the 2016–17 season would be his last in the NBA.[45] He did not appear for the Clippers in their first 12 games of the season, as they compiled a 10–2 record in that time. On November 18, 2016, he made his season debut, scoring six points in nine minutes off the bench in a 121–115 win over the Sacramento Kings.[46] He also played the following night against the Chicago Bulls before sitting out the next four games. With the Clippers resting Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
on November 29 against the Brooklyn Nets, Pierce made his first start of the season and logged 29 minutes.[47] He shot just 1-of-7 from the field, however, and finished with five points, three rebounds and one steal in a 127–122 double overtime loss.[48] On December 20, Pierce started in place of the injured Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin
but played just 19 minutes against the Denver Nuggets. It was only his eighth game of the year and second start. He hit two of six field goals to finish with seven points and one rebound.[49] In what would be his last game in Boston, on February 5, 2017, Pierce started and played the first five minutes before heading to the bench—it was his first appearance for the Clippers since New Year's Eve. Although the crowd chanted his name in the final minutes, Pierce did not re-enter the game until there was 19 seconds left; he hit a three-pointer to finish the game for his only points of the contest.[50] On April 10, 2017, he scored all of his 10 points in the final five minutes of the Clippers' 125–96 win over the Houston Rockets.[51] He subsequently moved into 15th on the NBA career scoring list with 26,397 points.[52] The Clippers finished the regular season with a 51–31 record and entered the playoffs as the No. 4 seed. They went on to lose their first-round playoff series to the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
in seven games, as Pierce's 19-year NBA career came to an end at the final buzzer of Game 7 on April 30, 2017. In his final game, he had six points and three rebounds in 21 minutes, and averaged 11.1 minutes in the series.[53][54] On June 28, 2017, he was waived by the Clippers.[55] Retiring as a Celtic (2017) On July 17, 2017, Pierce signed a ceremonial contract with the Boston Celtics in order to retire as a Celtic.[56] On August 18, 2017, the Celtics announced that Pierce's jersey would be retired on February 11, 2018.[57] His jersey was raised to the rafters of TD Garden
TD Garden
in a postgame ceremony following the Celtics-Cavaliers game, as he became the 23rd person in Celtics history to be honored.[58] International career Pierce was a member of the United States national team for the 2002 FIBA World Championship, starting all nine games and averaging 19.8 points per game. Pierce was also selected for the United States national team for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, but did not compete because of minor off-season surgery. Personal life Pierce and his wife, Julie (née Landrum), have two daughters, Prianna and Adrian, and one son, Prince.[59] Stabbing incident On September 25, 2000, Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the face, neck, and back and had a bottle smashed over his head while at the Buzz Club, a late night dance club in the Boston
Boston
Theater District. He had to undergo lung surgery to repair the damage.[60][61] Nevertheless, Pierce was the only Celtic to start all 82 games in the 2000–01 season. Also, witnesses say that Pierce was attempting to separate the fighters when he was stabbed.[62] Tony Battie, Pierce's teammate at the time, along with Battie's brother, saved him by rushing him to a nearby hospital. In 2003, two and a half years after the attack, Pierce pledged $2.5 million to help expand the high-tech surgical center at Tufts-New England Medical Center that helped make his recovery possible. Pierce stated, "This is an opportunity for me to give back to the hospital that was there for me when I needed it."[63] Nickname Pierce's nickname, The Truth, was bestowed on him by Shaquille O'Neal after a 112–107 Lakers' victory over the Celtics on March 13, 2001, in which Pierce scored 42 points on 13 of 19 shooting.[64] O'Neal pulled Boston Herald
Boston Herald
reporter Steve Bulpett over and gestured toward his notepad. "Take this down", said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
is the motherfucking truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce
is The Truth."[65][66] NBA career statistics

Legend

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game

 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw
Free throw
percentage

 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game

 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

† Denotes season in which Pierce won an NBA championship

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

1998–99 Boston 48 47 34.0 .439 .412 .713 6.4 2.4 1.7 1.0 16.5

1999–00 Boston 73 72 35.4 .442 .343 .798 5.4 3.0 2.1 .8 19.5

2000–01 Boston 82 82 38.0 .454 .383 .745 6.4 3.1 1.7 .8 25.3

2001–02 Boston 82 82 40.3 .442 .404 .809 6.9 3.2 1.9 1.0 26.1

2002–03 Boston 79 79 39.2 .416 .302 .802 7.3 4.4 1.8 .8 25.9

2003–04 Boston 80 80 38.7 .402 .299 .819 6.5 5.1 1.6 .7 23.0

2004–05 Boston 82 82 36.1 .455 .370 .822 6.6 4.2 1.6 .5 21.6

2005–06 Boston 79 79 39.0 .471 .354 .772 6.7 4.7 1.4 .4 26.8

2006–07 Boston 47 46 37.0 .439 .389 .796 5.9 4.1 1.0 .3 25.0

2007–08† Boston 80 80 35.9 .464 .392 .843 5.1 4.5 1.3 .5 19.6

2008–09 Boston 81 81 37.5 .457 .391 .830 5.6 3.6 1.0 .3 20.5

2009–10 Boston 71 71 34.0 .472 .414 .852 4.4 3.1 1.2 .4 18.3

2010–11 Boston 80 80 34.7 .497 .374 .860 5.4 3.3 1.0 .6 18.9

2011–12 Boston 61 61 34.0 .443 .366 .852 5.2 4.5 1.1 .4 19.4

2012–13 Boston 77 77 33.4 .436 .380 .787 6.3 4.8 1.1 .4 18.6

2013–14 Brooklyn 75 68 28.0 .451 .373 .826 4.6 2.4 1.1 .4 13.5

2014–15 Washington 73 73 26.2 .447 .389 .781 4.0 2.0 .6 .3 11.9

2015–16 L.A. Clippers 68 38 18.1 .363 .310 .818 2.7 1.0 .5 .3 6.1

2016–17 L.A. Clippers 25 7 11.1 .400 .349 .769 1.9 .4 .2 .2 3.2

Career 1,343 1,285 34.2 .445 .368 .806 5.6 3.5 1.3 .6 19.7

All-Star 10 0 13.6 .456 .188 .727 2.6 1.8 1.2 .1 9.6

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2002 Boston 16 16 42.0 .403 .288 .764 8.6 4.1 1.7 1.3 24.6

2003 Boston 10 10 44.5 .399 .356 .863 9.0 6.7 2.1 .8 27.1

2004 Boston 4 4 40.5 .342 .294 .839 8.8 2.5 1.3 1.0 20.8

2005 Boston 7 7 39.6 .505 .259 .868 7.7 4.6 1.9 1.4 22.9

2008† Boston 26 26 38.1 .441 .361 .802 5.0 4.6 1.1 .3 19.7

2009 Boston 14 14 39.7 .430 .333 .842 5.8 3.1 1.1 .4 21.0

2010 Boston 24 24 38.8 .438 .392 .824 6.0 3.4 1.0 .6 18.8

2011 Boston 9 9 38.1 .459 .447 .882 5.0 2.8 1.3 .4 20.8

2012 Boston 20 20 38.9 .386 .310 .894 6.1 3.1 1.5 .9 18.9

2013 Boston 6 6 42.5 .368 .268 .897 5.7 5.3 .8 .5 19.2

2014 Brooklyn 12 12 30.7 .465 .358 .781 4.5 2.0 1.2 .3 13.7

2015 Washington 10 10 29.8 .485 .524 .850 4.2 .9 .6 .7 14.6

2016 L.A. Clippers 5 1 10.8 .167 .200 .850 1.2 .2 .4 .0 1.2

2017 L.A. Clippers 7 0 14.4 .444 .400 1.000 2.0 .9 .3 .0 3.0

Career 170 159 36.6 .423 .355 .830 5.8 3.4 1.2 .6 18.7

Career highlights NBA

NBA champion: 2008 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP: 2008 All-NBA
All-NBA
Second Team: 2009 3-time All-NBA
All-NBA
Third Team: 2002, 2003, 2008 10-time NBA All-Star: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team: 1999 NBA 3-Point Shootout winner: 2010 NBA regular-season leader, total points: 2002 (2144) NBA regular-season leader, free throws made: 2003 (604)

College

Named First Team All-America by the Associated Press
Associated Press
after his junior year at the University of Kansas. Named Big Eight Freshman of the Year in 1995–96. MVP of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in both 1997 and 1998. Member of the All-Big 12 First Team in 1997–1998.

Other

Member of the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.[67] Member of the 2006 USA Basketball
Basketball
World Championship Team (Did not play due to an elbow injury).

Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
franchise records

Most points scored in a half (including Overtime): 46 (December 1, 2001 2nd Half vs. New Jersey Nets). Most points scored in an overtime period: 13 (December 1, 2001 vs. New Jersey Nets) Most three-point field goals made, career: 1578[68] Most three-point field goals attempted, career: 4273[68] Most free throws made, career: 5808[68] Most free throws attempted, career: 7212[68] Most free throws made in one game: 20 (November 2, 2002 vs. New York Knicks). Most free throws attempted in one game: 24 (November 5, 2005 vs. New York Knicks). Most free throws made in one half: 14 (March 2, 2001 vs. Utah Jazz). Most free throws made in one season: 627 (2005–06, breaking his own record of 604 set in 2002–03).[69] Most free throws attempted in one season: 812 (2005–06, breaking his own record of 753 set in 2002–03).[69] Most steals in one game: 9 (tied with Larry Bird; December 3, 1999 vs. Miami
Miami
Heat). Most free throws made without a miss, playoffs: 21 (Game 1, 2003 Eastern Conference First Round). Most points scored in one half, playoffs: 32 (Game 4, 2003 Eastern Conference First Round vs. Indiana Pacers). Highest scoring average through one month: 33.5 PPG (February 2006). Only Celtics player in franchise history to lead the NBA in total points scored in a season, scoring 2,144 points in 2001–02. Oldest Celtics player to score 40 points in a game: 35 years, 2 months, and 6 days old (December 19, 2012 vs Cleveland Cavaliers)[70] Currently is the Celtics' second all-time leading scorer, behind John Havlicek. He also ranks second in team history in career scoring average, behind Larry Bird.[68]

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