Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Paul Pierce

Last night's performance against the Hawks has many people talking about Paul Pierce today. On sports talk radio they are debating his place in the Celtics all-time pantheon. Is he in the top 5 of all-time Celtics? Well he's obviously behind Bill Russell and Larry Bird. Behind John Havlicek too. What about Cousy, McHale and don't forget former MVP Dave Cowens? Talk about a wealth of riches.

What struck me was the thought of what if Paul Pierce wasn't a Celtic? He probably would be THE greatest player in franchise history for the following teams; Toronto, New Jersey (I'm going to say that he's better than Buck Williams), Milwaukee, Cleveland, Charlotte, Los Angeles Clippers (maybe a few years will let Blake Griffin pass Pierce), Memphis and the New Orleans Hornets (the New Orleans Jazz had Pistol Pete).

Think of that - 8 franchises for whom Paul Pierce would be their greatest player of all-time. Paul Pierce is one of those players who most likely won't get his historical due.