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2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

13.5

REB

4.6

AST

2.4

STL

1.1

BLK

0.4

2014-15 NBA Projections

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2014-15 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Following a one-year stint in Brooklyn, Paul Pierce will move on to Washington for his 17th NBA season. He'll be replacing Trevor Ariza as the Wizards' starting small forward, after averaging 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, and 1.5 three-point...

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HT: 6' 6"   WT: 230 lbs   DOB: 10/13/1977  College: Kansas   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #10 Overall in 1998   Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Wizards in July 2014. The contract includes a player option following the 2014-15 season.

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Paul Pierce NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 26 82 36.1 21.6 6.6 4.2 1.6 0.5 1.3 45.5 82.2 2.8 1.0 5.6 3.6 37.0 6.8 14.9 6.7 8.1
2005-06 27 79 39.1 26.8 6.7 4.7 1.4 0.4 1.4 47.1 77.2 3.5 1.0 5.7 4.0 35.4 8.7 18.5 7.9 10.3
2006-07 28 47 37.0 25.0 5.9 4.1 1.0 0.3 2.3 43.9 79.6 3.2 0.8 5.1 5.9 38.9 7.9 18.1 6.8 8.6
2007-08 29 80 35.9 19.6 5.1 4.5 1.3 0.5 1.8 46.4 84.3 2.8 0.7 4.5 4.6 39.2 6.4 13.7 5.1 6.1
2008-09 30 81 37.5 20.5 5.6 3.6 1.0 0.3 1.5 45.7 83.0 2.8 0.7 5.0 3.8 39.1 6.7 14.6 5.7 6.8
2009-10 31 71 34.0 18.3 4.4 3.1 1.2 0.4 1.5 47.2 85.2 2.3 0.5 3.8 3.7 41.4 5.8 12.2 5.2 6.1
2010-11 32 BOS 80 34.7 18.9 5.4 3.3 1.0 0.6 1.4 49.7 86.0 2.1 0.4 5.0 3.7 37.4 6.3 12.8 4.8 5.6
2011-12 33 BOS 61 34.0 19.4 5.2 4.5 1.1 0.4 1.6 44.3 85.2 2.8 0.6 4.6 4.5 36.6 6.5 14.6 4.8 5.6
2012-13 34 BOS 77 33.4 18.6 6.3 4.8 1.1 0.4 1.9 43.6 78.7 2.8 0.6 5.7 5.0 38.0 6.2 14.2 4.3 5.5
2013-14 35 BKN 75 28.0 13.5 4.6 2.4 1.1 0.4 1.5 45.1 82.6 2.0 0.3 4.3 4.0 37.3 4.3 9.5 3.4 4.1
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#1 Small Forward

1.  Paul Pierce

2.  Otto Porter

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3.  Glen Rice

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True Shooting Percentage

59.5%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Paul Pierce had a true shooting percentage of 59.5%.

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Paul Pierce NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 26 82 36.0 21.5 6.6 4.2 1.6 0.5 1.3 45.5 82.2 2.8 0.9 5.6 3.6 37.0 6.8 14.9 6.7 8.1
2005-06 27 79 36.0 24.7 6.2 4.4 1.2 0.4 1.3 47.1 77.2 3.2 0.9 5.3 3.7 35.4 8.0 17.1 7.3 9.5
2006-07 28 47 36.0 24.3 5.7 4.0 1.0 0.3 2.2 43.9 79.6 3.1 0.8 4.9 5.7 38.9 7.7 17.6 6.6 8.3
2007-08 29 80 36.0 19.7 5.1 4.5 1.3 0.5 1.8 46.4 84.3 2.8 0.7 4.5 4.6 39.2 6.4 13.8 5.1 6.1
2008-09 30 81 36.0 19.7 5.4 3.5 0.9 0.3 1.4 45.7 83.0 2.7 0.7 4.8 3.6 39.1 6.4 14.0 5.4 6.6
2009-10 31 71 36.0 19.4 4.6 3.3 1.3 0.5 1.6 47.2 85.2 2.5 0.6 4.0 3.9 41.4 6.1 12.9 5.5 6.5
2010-11 32 BOS 80 36.0 19.6 5.6 3.4 1.0 0.7 1.4 49.7 86.0 2.2 0.4 5.1 3.9 37.4 6.6 13.3 5.0 5.8
2011-12 33 BOS 61 36.0 20.5 5.5 4.8 1.2 0.5 1.7 44.3 85.2 3.0 0.6 4.9 4.7 36.6 6.8 15.4 5.1 6.0
2012-13 34 BOS 77 36.0 20.0 6.8 5.2 1.2 0.4 2.0 43.6 78.7 3.0 0.6 6.2 5.3 38.0 6.7 15.3 4.7 5.9
2013-14 35 BKN 75 36.0 17.3 6.0 3.1 1.5 0.5 1.9 45.1 82.6 2.6 0.4 5.5 5.1 37.3 5.5 12.2 4.4 5.3
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Paul Pierce NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 26 82 2960 1769 539 348 133 39 108 45.5 82.2 230 78 461 292 37.0 556 1223 549 668
2005-06 27 79 3085 2116 530 375 107 34 111 47.1 77.2 273 77 453 314 35.4 689 1462 627 812
2006-07 28 47 1740 1173 277 194 48 13 107 43.9 79.6 152 39 238 275 38.9 373 850 320 402
2007-08 29 80 2874 1570 411 363 101 36 143 46.4 84.3 221 53 358 365 39.2 509 1098 409 485
2008-09 30 81 3035 1658 457 294 80 27 119 45.7 83.0 228 56 401 304 39.1 540 1181 459 553
2009-10 31 71 2411 1296 310 218 84 31 109 47.2 85.2 166 39 271 263 41.4 409 867 369 433
2010-11 32 BOS 80 2774 1511 430 260 80 51 111 49.7 86.0 171 34 396 297 37.4 507 1021 386 449
2011-12 33 BOS 61 2075 1181 317 274 70 26 100 44.3 85.2 173 37 280 273 36.6 394 890 293 344
2012-13 34 BOS 77 2575 1430 487 370 84 30 145 43.6 78.7 214 45 442 382 38.0 476 1092 333 423
2013-14 35 BKN 75 2098 1010 348 178 86 31 112 45.1 82.6 153 26 322 300 37.3 321 712 256 310
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Paul Pierce NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 26 82 36.1 58.3 49.9 16.6 11.0 1.5 22.1
2005-06 27 79 39.1 58.2 50.9 15.2 11.1 1.4 24.4
2006-07 28 47 37.0 57.1 50.2 14.1 11.1 1.3 21.1
2007-08 29 80 35.9 59.9 52.9 19.2 11.7 1.6 19.9
2008-09 30 81 37.5 58.2 50.8 15.1 11.7 1.3 19.2
2009-10 31 71 34.0 61.3 53.5 15.1 11.5 1.3 17.6
2010-11 32 BOS 80 34.7 62.0 55.1 15.8 10.4 1.5 19.8
2011-12 33 BOS 61 34.0 56.7 49.9 18.4 11.6 1.6 18.8
2012-13 34 BOS 77 33.4 55.9 50.2 19.9 11.5 1.7 19.2
2013-14 35 BKN 75 28.0 59.5 52.9 15.1 13.0 1.2 14.1
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Paul Pierce 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 17 at IND                                
May 15 IND                                
May 13 at IND                                
May 11 IND                                
May 9 IND                                
May 7 at IND                                
May 5 at IND                                
Apr 29 at CHI                                
Apr 27 CHI 31 22 5 2 1 0 2 9 14 1 2 3 7 0 5 3
Apr 25 CHI 34 18 5 2 0 0 1 5 9 7 7 1 3 0 5 3
Apr 22 at CHI 25 7 6 3 3 1 1 2 11 3 4 0 6 2 4 5
Apr 20 at CHI                                
Apr 16 at BOS                                
Apr 14 MIA                                
Apr 12 MIL                                
Apr 11 at ORL 29 13 6 4 2 1 1 5 14 2 6 1 7 0 6 2
Apr 9 CHA                                
Apr 5 CHI 24 11 5 4 1 0 1 5 10 0 1 1 4 0 5 0
Apr 4 at NYK 25 17 3 0 0 0 3 6 9 2 2 3 6 0 3 4
Apr 2 BOS 27 8 4 1 1 0 1 2 7 4 4 0 1 0 4 3
Mar 31 at CHA                                
Mar 29 ATL                                
Mar 28 IND 20 22 2 3 1 0 2 5 6 7 7 5 6 0 2 4
Mar 26 PHO 31 8 4 3 1 0 0 3 7 1 1 1 3 0 4 2
Mar 23 at DEN 31 15 4 3 1 0 2 3 10 9 12 0 4 0 4 5
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Mar 21 at LAL 19 14 3 0 0 0 1 6 10 1 1 1 3 0 3 2
Mar 20 at POR                                
Mar 18 at SAC                                
Mar 15 BKN 30 15 6 2 0 0 2 4 9 5 6 2 4 0 6 0
Mar 14 at ORL                                
Mar 12 CHA 32 29 4 1 1 0 2 9 12 6 7 5 7 0 4 5
Mar 10 at MIA 30 15 4 0 4 0 6 3 8 6 8 3 4 0 4 4
Mar 8 at MIL                                
Mar 5 UTA 26 14 8 2 1 0 5 3 6 6 6 2 5 1 7 2
Mar 3 MEM 31 14 7 5 4 1 4 5 12 1 1 3 7 0 7 1
Mar 1 at PHI 28 12 8 5 3 0 1 3 7 5 7 1 3 0 8 2
Feb 27 at TOR 22 18 6 1 0 0 2 7 12 2 2 2 5 0 6 4
Feb 25 ORL                                
Feb 23 at CLE 33 25 7 4 0 0 4 9 17 3 3 4 7 1 6 3
Feb 22 NOP 34 11 3 0 0 0 2 3 11 5 5 0 5 1 2 5
Feb 19 at ATL 27 7 6 1 0 0 1 3 8 0 0 1 2 1 5 1
Feb 18 TOR                                
Feb 12 at HOU 22 25 4 2 2 1 0 9 11 2 3 5 5 0 4 2
Feb 11 at MEM                                
Feb 9 SAC 17 9 4 0 1 1 0 3 7 2 3 1 4 0 4 3
Feb 7 CLE 18 4 4 2 1 0 0 2 4 0 2 0 1 0 4 1
Feb 5 SAS                                
Feb 3 POR 34 25 3 2 1 0 1 5 9 14 14 1 3 1 2 4
Feb 1 OKC 33 15 5 2 6 1 2 3 9 7 7 2 6 0 5 4
Jan 29 at LAC                                
Jan 28 at GSW                                
Jan 25 at UTA                                
Jan 24 at PHO 28 12 3 4 1 1 2 4 8 4 7 0 2 0 3 2
Jan 22 BOS                                
Jan 20 PHI 26 3 4 5 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 1 3 0 4 1
Jan 18 DET                                
Jan 17 CHI                                
Jan 15 MIA                                
Jan 13 at CHI                                
Jan 11 HOU 31 15 4 2 2 1 1 5 9 3 5 2 5 1 3 1
Jan 10 at IND 44 23 5 3 0 0 1 7 17 7 9 2 6 1 4 4
Jan 8 at NOP 33 11 5 1 1 0 4 2 7 7 8 0 3 1 4 4
Jan 7 at CHA                                
Jan 5 GSW                                
Jan 3 TOR                                
Jan 1 DAL                                
Dec 30 at DET                                
Dec 28 DET 36 18 5 2 3 1 2 8 14 1 3 1 1 0 5 3
Dec 27 at MIN 29 13 4 3 1 1 2 4 11 4 5 1 4 0 4 3
Dec 21 at BOS                                
Dec 18 at BKN 35 27 6 3 0 1 2 10 12 4 6 3 5 0 6 3
Dec 16 at NYK 31 14 5 1 0 0 3 3 7 5 7 3 5 1 4 4
Dec 14 LAC                                
Dec 13 at ATL 29 12 4 4 1 0 1 5 9 0 0 2 4 1 3 4
Dec 9 DEN                                
Dec 6 MIL                                
Dec 2 ORL                                
Nov 30 ATL                                
Nov 29 at IND 15 2 2 4 2 0 0 1 6 0 2 0 3 1 1 1
Nov 27 at MIL 33 12 6 5 0 0 4 4 17 2 3 2 7 0 6 3
Nov 26 LAL 32 16 4 4 1 0 4 5 8 5 5 1 3 0 4 2
Nov 23 NYK                                
Nov 22 at TOR 22 6 3 1 0 0 2 2 11 2 2 0 4 0 3 1
Nov 20 at CLE 35 12 2 2 2 1 3 3 11 5 7 1 3 0 2 4
Nov 19 MIN                                
Nov 16 CLE                                
Nov 13 at SAS 29 12 9 1 0 0 1 4 12 4 5 0 0 0 9 3
Nov 12 at DAL                                
Nov 10 at OKC                                
Nov 8 BKN 27 4 8 3 2 0 3 1 5 2 3 0 3 0 8 3
Nov 6 at PHI                                
Nov 3 at MIA 28 16 7 1 0 0 2 6 11 4 4 0 3 1 6 0
Nov 1 PHI 31 19 5 6 0 1 4 5 10 8 8 1 4 0 5 3
Oct 30 at DET 30 17 4 2 0 0 1 5 8 4 4 3 4 0 4 2

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Paul Pierce: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Pierce averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 75 games for the Nets this season.

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Pierce scored 19 points (8-18 FG, 2-5 3Pt) to go with two assists and two rebounds in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Heat.

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Pierce had 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT) with four rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes in the Game 3 win over Miami on Saturday.

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Pierce scored 12 points (4-9 FG, 2-5 3pt, 2-2 FT) with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 35 minutes in the win over the Raptors on Friday.

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Pierce contributed 22 points and five rebounds on 9-of-14 shooting from the field in 31 minutes Sunday.

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Pierce scored 18 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-7 FT) with five rebounds in 34 minutes in the Game 3 win over Toronto on Friday.

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Pierce shot an abysmal 18.2 percent from the field (2-11 FG), including 0-6 from three-point range to finish with seven points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block in 25 minutes Tuesday.

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Pierce (shoulder) will not play in Wednesday's season finale against the Cavaliers, the New York Post reports.

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Pierce (shoulder) scored 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT) in addition to one rebound, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes Tuesday.

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Pierce (shoulder) will take the court Tuesday against the Knicks, the Bergen Record reports.

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Pierce (shoulder) is considered a game-time decision to play Tuesday versus the Knicks, the New York Post reports.

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Pierce (hip) scored 13 points (5-14 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 2-6 FT) with six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes in the loss to Atlanta on Friday.

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2014-15

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2013-14

Pierce saw a career worst 33 minutes per game last season, and that number will almost certainly continue to decline this season, with Joe Johnson and Andrei Kirilenko also on the wing. In Boston, Pierce was often the only player capable of getting his own shot, so defenses would key in on him, but in Brooklyn, he's surrounded by good offensive players at every position. This will hurt his counting stats, but he should get more open looks, so his field-goal percentage could see a jump. He shot 44 percent from the field on 14.2 attempts per game last season, but 2009-10 (47 percent on 12.2 attempts) and 2010-11 (50 percent on 12.8 attempts) look like better barometers of what his field-goal percentage could look like in 2013-14. Pierce's rebounding and assist numbers were both the highest they've been since the mid-2000s because he was asked to do so much with Rajon Rondo hurt and Kevin Garnett playing fewer minutes. It's doubtful he approaches the 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists he averaged in 2012-13, once again because of the players around him.

2012-13

Pierce is one of the steadiest players in the league, as evidenced by him averaging between 18-to-21 points per game each of the past five seasons. He hasn’t averaged more than six boards since 2005-06, but last year his 4.5 dimes per game were his best average in the last seven seasons. Ray Allen’s departure from Boston could provide Pierce with a few more looks from the field, meaning that he could be a good value on draft day. His long-range shooting has been unpredictable throughout his career. Last year he hit 36.6 percent of his threes, but if he can approach the 41 percent mark that he reached three years ago, his value would increase significantly. The 35-year old small forward doesn’t have the upside that some younger players might offer, but if you can get Pierce in the fourth round or later, he’s definitely worth picking up for his steady play.

2011-12

Pierce will be 34 entering this season, but it’s hard to argue against drafting a guy who played in 80 or more games in three of the last four years and averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 three-pointers, 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks, and 2.1 turnovers in 35 minutes in 2010-11. If the Celtics re-sign Jeff Green, we could theoretically see Pierce’s playing time reduced this season, but that’s not what happened last year after the Celtics acquired Green – Pierce continued to average his usual minutes right down to the final week of the season. In fact, the only games Pierce missed last season were the final two, and that absence was due to a coach’s decision to rest him before the playoffs. While age catches up to everyone eventually, thus far Pierce has been able to stave off significant signs of decline.

2010-11

Sometime around Boston's sixth game of the season, Pierce will become the 37th player to cross the 20,000-point threshold for a career, joining teammates Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and (now) Shaquille O'Neal in the process. Next year, provided that he remains relatively healthy, he'll pass Larry Bird in total points scored (21,791) for a career. He'll pass Robert Parish a season or two after that. These accomplishments all point to one thing: that Pierce is truly a talented scorer. However, the timing of the feats also illustrates something else: that Pierce isn't as productive in the current version of the Celtics. Had Pierce played his last three years without his current cast of talent, he would easily be past 20,000 already. Consider: in the two seasons (one injury-shortened) before the assembly of The Big Three, Pierce averaged 26.1 points per game. In the three years since? He's averaged only 19.5. That's less. But it's also important for fantasy owners not to overreact to the baleful effects of his talented teammates. Pierce's shooting percentages these last three years – field goal, three point, and even free throw – are all higher than his career averages. And between his efficiency from the charity stripe and his ability to get there (6.1 attempts per game in 2009-10), he ranks as a top-10 player in that category.

2009-10

Pierce is a rugged 6-7 swing man that’s physically stronger than most wings not named LeBron James or Ron Artest. Pierce has the deceptive ability to get into the lane off the dribble at will, to generate points and free-throw attempts in bunches and has a deadly three-point shot. With Kevin Garnett missing a third of the season due to injury last year Pierce was called upon to score more (20.5 ppg) than he had the previous season. Garnett is expected to return healthy this season, though, and with the developing Rajon Rondo demanding more touches, and new additions Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels also requiring shots, Pierce’s scoring could take a hit. Rondo also cuts into Pierce’s assist numbers (seven-year low 3.6 apg). Pierce is still a very solid player, capable of averaging 20/5/5 if called upon and good for a 30-plus point explosion every so often as well. But barring injury, look for The Truth to play fewer minutes this season and turn in one of his worst fantasy seasons this millennium on a team more focused on post-season success than regular season stats.

2008-09

Who is the best player in the NBA? Pierce was asked that question recently, and after consideration, called his own name. After his performance in the Finals, who’s going to argue? Pierce took home Most Valuable Player honors after posting averages of 21.7 points, 6.4 assists and 4.5 boards in six games -- and keeping league MVP Kobe Bryant well shy of his season averages with spectacular defense. But as we see so often in the NBA, what happens in a short series isn’t necessarily what we’ll see night-in, night-out. In the upcoming regular season, look for Pierce’s numbers to return to the levels he established in Year 1 of Boston’s “big three” alignment – he’ll share the ball with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, he’ll play team D and his won-loss record will likely be more impressive than his individual stats. At the same time, he’ll be conserving some of his energy and attempting to stay in peak form for the season that really matters to contenders: the one that starts in April. Pierce’s high-profile and hotly-debated Finals knee injury seems to have been minor – an MRI taken in early July showed no significant damage – and will be a mere afterthought by the time training camp begins.

2007-08

To date, the most talented running buddy to grace Boston’s lineup in the Paul Pierce era has been… Antoine Walker. Nothing against ‘Toine, but this year’s imports represent a significant upgrade. Ray Allen is the best shooter of his generation, and Kevin Garnett is an all-time great. What does their arrival do to Paul Pierce the fantasy player? As wins go up, points go down, right? Maybe, maybe not. Neither Garnett nor Allen is the type of player to demand x number of shots per game; Garnett, in particular, can be remarkably effective without having his number called in a set offense at all. We might see a slight decrease in Pierce’s scoring, but with such great teammates to draw defenses and hit their own shots, any lost value should be made up by improvements in dimes and percentages.

2006-07

Pierce set career highs in points (26.8) and FG% (47.1%) last year, and as if that weren’t enough, he also averaged 6.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 threes. Pierce did have minor arthroscopic surgery on his elbow this summer, but he is expected to be 100% for training camp. The Celtics don’t have a legitimate second scorer (sorry Wally Szczerbiak) or a reliable low-post presence so Pierce will have to do most of the heavy lifting again this year. If last year’s numbers are any indication, Pierce has no problem carrying the team on his shoulders.

2005-06

Pierce rode career highs in field-goal and free-throw percentage all the way to the most complete fantasy year of his career. Nonetheless, as general manager Danny Ainge pursues the ultimate Wonderlick achievers squad, there's the chance the team may ship Pierce out of town. Sure, getting thrown out of Game 6 in Indiana didn't show basketball IQ, but there's one man responsible for Boston getting that far. While his defensive production has slipped four years running, Pierce remains an elite scorer, from three-point land on in. His field goal percentage often suffers, however, when his team lacks another star scorer, as it will this year. Consider Pierce reliable across the board on offense, and those steals, while declining, remain top-10. Just hope the shooting percentage doesn't badly regress and that he's not traded to a stat-impinging situation with another team.

2004-05

Pierce is about the closest thing to a one-man team in the NBA save for Allen Iverson. Sure, it hurts the Celtics’ chances of sneaking into the playoffs, but the fantasy owners targeting Pierce in this year’s draft have much to rejoice over. Undoubtedly the number one option for shots, Pierce should threaten to break the 30 ppg mark this season, as newly hired head coach Doc Rivers will look to Pierce as often as possible. Pierce should be an offensive juggernaut, projecting to knock down 2-3 threes per game as well. Although FG% might be a source of concern, Pierce should be among the game’s most well-rounded fantasy contributors, providing hefty boosts to a team’s threes, points, rebounds, assists and steals. Make sure you take this stud in the late first round if he’s still on the board.

2003-04

Pierce is one of the premier players in the NBA. He'll primarily play shooting guard but played enough at small forward to qualify in most fantasy leagues. Big-time scorer who gets an uncharacteristic amount of steals for a front court player. A very good three point shooter. There are, however, going to be times when Pierce is doubled and unless his teammates step up and make shots, his numbers may suffer. He is, and should remain, as a top 10 player in the NBA and pick in your draft.