Breaking: Paul Pierce to Retire After 2016-2017 NBA Season

Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics during 134-127 double overtime victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 13, 2004. (Photo by Kirby Lee/WireImage)

This morning, Paul Pierce announced that the upcoming NBA season will be his last via the Players’ Tribune.

Breaking: Paul Pierce to Retire After 2016-2017 NBA Season

Paul, 38, will be heading into his 19th season in the NBA. He was drafted No. 10 overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics out of the University of Kansas. He would go on to play for the Celtics for 15 seasons. In 2013, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Garnett, who also recently announced his retirement. He would then sign with the Washington Wizards for a season, where he left us a great reminder of how exciting he was to watch in his prime. He spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and will also be with them for his final season, where he is reunited with head coach Doc Rivers.

For his career, Pierce has averaged 20 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 3.6 APG. His ability to score and get a shot off on anybody was truly remarkable to watch. He would always find a way to deliver in crunch time. Pierce’s passion for the game will never go unnoticed. He played with so much heart and energy and would always give it his all.

Pierce had a fantastic career. He is a 10 time All-Star, has his number retired from the University of Kansas, the 2nd leading scorer in Celtics history, and led the Celtics to a championship in 2008, where he also won the finals MVP.

Pierce is the ultimate competitor. He never backed down from anybody. Some of his best moments are against players such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. He always upped his game when going against those two, which left the fans in awe.

No one knows exactly how much of an impact Pierce will have for the Clippers on the court. But when he is on there, we should really appreciate how much he has done throughout his career. He is one of the greatest ever to put on a Celtics uniform, and that’s pretty remarkable.

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