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Pierce passes Bird on Celtics' scoring list

Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:35 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 10:04 pm
Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird on the Celtics' all-time scorer's list Tuesday. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Paul Pierce passed Larry Bird on the Celtics' all-time scorer's list Tuesday night in the third quarter of Boston's game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Pierce now stands at No.2 all-time on the Celtics point leaders behind John Havlicek who has 26,395 points, a little less than 5,000 more than Pierce. 

It did take Pierce 88 more games to catch Larry Legend, at a more lower percentage. But that's the territory when it comes to passing one of the greatest players of all time, and had Bird remained healthy towards the end of his career, or began his career earlier with the Celtics, it's unlikely Pierce would have caught him.

But he did.

This is why Pierce should not be traded by Boston, even if things were to fall apart for the Celtics before the trade deadline. Pierce has been a Celtic since he was drafted, and should retire as one. He has had MVP worthy seasons, and been a contributor and leader for a championship team. His brilliance is understated, it's not made for bronze statues, but it is in no way unworthy of being discussed among the greats. 

Most franchise records are quality levels. But the Celtics are a different matter. Pierce now stands above Parrish, McHale, Bird, Russell, Jo Jo White, and Tommy Heinsohn for point scored in green. It is a franchise not just with a lot of history, but great history. It is layered in greatness, and Pierce's position at the top behind Havlicek warrants his entry into discussions for the greatest Celtics ever, even if he doesn't necessarily stack up with the other Hall of Fame members. Pierce will have his own entry into the Hall, his own place in Celtics lore, his own spot in his fans' hearts. 

As Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe notes, Bird had roughly 1,400 more field goal attempts than Pierce, and shot .05 percent better from the floor. So how did Pierce catch him? The three-point line. Pierce made 1,615 3's compared to 649 for Bird. Bird could hit from distance, he just didn't. Pierce did. In fact, in a moderm metric called True Shooting percentage, which factors three-point and free throw shooting, Pierce actually leads Bird .569 to .564. This doesn't make Pierce a better shooter than Basketbal Jesus, just maybe a more efficient in the modern sense one. 

The Garden crowd predictably gave him a massive ovation for the feat, continuing for several minutes. Here's the shot. 

Here's Pierce from a few days on the accomplishment.


Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:24 am

Pierce passes Bird on Celtics' scoring list

Paul pierce is getting up there in age but he can still get it done.  For those of you who forget about how good he was...

here's a clip of vintage paul pierce:

Elimination playoff game vs Allen Iverson and the 76ers,  he drops 45 on 16-25 8-10 from beyond the arc, KOs the 76ers



and here's a clip from last years playoffs

it is amazing how easy he makes it look, considering the fact that he has limited speed and jumping ability. 

Since: Feb 8, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:50 am
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Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:15 am

Pierce passes Bird on Celtics' scoring list

This is a great achievement for the Truth. Paul Pierce can be mentioned along with the other Celtics' great players in terms of stat accomplishments. For me, Paul Pierce being mentioned as one of the Celtics all time great is farfetched getting just one ring is unlikely a tradition for a historic franchise.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:45 am

Pierce passes Bird on Celtics' scoring list

Pierce was a reasonably good player, but if asked if I'd take him over the players mentioned I'd say no. Not even Jojo white. I just think the other players were better even if they didn't score more. Seriously. Would you take Pierce over Bird, Parrish, McHale, Russell, or Havichek? Not me. I watched them play.

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:56 pm

Pierce passes Bird on Celtics' scoring list

Congrats to No.34. Never would have imagined a kid growing up hating the Celtics would be one of the best players to ever play for the legendary franchise. Here's to a few more good years... and passing Havlicek for No.1 all-time on the Celt's scoring list.  

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