A lot has been made of Paul Pierce’s demise, but I’m not quite ready to kick dirt on our captain just yet. Is he the same player he was when the Celtics won it all in 2008? Of course not. Are his season numbers all down from his career averages? Certainly. But Pierce is still productive, averaging 19.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 33.9 minutes-per-game this season, not too shabby for a player of his age.
Even at his best, Pierce was never considered one of the truly ultra-elite players in this league. He was athletic, but not jaw-droppingly so. He could dominate games, but never really filled up a stat sheet the way Kobe or LeBron might.
But Pierce knew who Pierce was, and he played at one speed – Pierce speed. And this season is no different. Pierce is doing things on the court that are definitely productive, and I couldn’t imagine where the Celtics would be without him.