Paul Pierce Net Worth
Paul Pierce is an American former professional NBA basketball player, who was fortunate enough to play 19 seasons in the NBA. Nicknamed, “The Truth,” Pierce became the captain of the Boston Celtics and earned 10 All-Star nods as well as becoming a four time All-NBA team member. The estimated net worth of Paul Pierce is $70 million.
Paul Anthony Pierce was born on October 13, 1977, in Oakland, California. After growing up in Oakland, he and his family moved to Inglewood, California, where he attended Inglewood High School. While attending Inglewood High School, he was cut from the varsity basketball team during his freshman and sophomore years, which left him thinking about transferring to another school. However, he stayed and spent extra time in the gym getting himself ready, which was a good thing, because he was the star of the team by the end of his junior year. He participated in the 1995 McDonald’s All-American Game and he was also a contestant in the Slam Dunk Contest. Paul Pierce had a phenomenal college career as well, with him spending three years at the University of Kansas, where he earned honorable mention, All Big Eight honors. He also earned college success being named the second team Freshman All-American by Basketball Weekly. He was honored as the Big-Eight Co-Freshman of the Year and in 1996, he earned a spot on the roster of the USA’s Under 22 team and helped the US team win the World Championship, which qualified him for a tournament in Puerto Rico. Pierce went on to capture the first of two Big 12 Conference Most Valuable Player Awards after averaging 21.7 points, and took Kansas to the inaugural tournament championship. In 1998, he was selected for First Team All-Big 12 Conference by both the AP and Coaches. He was also named Associated Press First Team All- American and a finalist in 1998. He broke the record by scoring 777 points as a junior, which was the fifth highest single season point score, in Jayhawks history. Pierce also ranks as the fifth leading scorer in Kansas history and 11th on the all-time rebound list. After leaving the University of Kansas, following his junior season, he entered the 1998 NBA Draft.
Paul Pierce’s career started with him playing as a shadow for Antoine Walker, but after playing so well, he rose to be Walker’s equal. With his and Walker’s skills, they led the Celtics to the 2002 playoffs, which was the first time the team went in seven years. In 2001 – 2002, he was recorded to have 2144 that year and came third in scoring of the 26.1 ppg. When 2003 – 2004 came, the Celtics had a bad year, and Pierce was the only veteran in the group, but his scoring was still, with him scoring, 23.0 ppg in 2003 -2004 and 21.6 in 2004 – 2005 seasons. He also scored a career high of 26.8 points with seven rebounds and five assists per game. The 2005 -2006, was Pierce’s best season, in his career, with him scoring so well that became the top 30 scorers in the league. However, he suffered an injury in the 2006 – 2007, to his foot, which led to the team having a 24-58 season. Once veteran players, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, became team players, Pierce was able to focus more on defense and less on scoring. After Allen and Garnett were brought to the team, the season did not start off good, but the trio were able to make it to where the Celtics still had major victories. Pierce went on to have a historic match along with this team, against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He recorded the second highest point in total franchise history with 41 points. Winning the match 97-92, the Celtics advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Detroit Pistons. The victory against the Pistons, led the Celtics against the Lakers at the NBA Finals, with another glorious victory of 89-81. In the six matches against the Los Angeles Lakers, Pierce helped secure the wins in the first two. The 2008-2009 season went very well for the Celtics, with Pierce 20.5 ppg. In 2009, he was named to the NBA All-Star Game and he was also named for the first time to the All-NBA Team Second Team. Even though, his performance in the 2009-2010 season had slowed down, he was still had to lead the Celtics with 50 wins and his career best 47.2 percent shooting average. He was so successful in his basketball career, that he was the first Celtic to win the Three-Point Shootout in 2010. In 2010, he continued to show his success by taking the Celtics to defeat the Cavaliers and the Orlando Magic. These victories put the Celtics in the second Finals appearance in the Big 3 era. At the end of his contract in 2010, he opted out against signing with the Celtics again, but was convinced to stay with the team for another four years. In November 2010, he scored a 20,000th career point on a free throw. Pierce played his 10,000th career game with the Celtics, ending the season averaging with 19.4 points, 4.5 assists, and 5.2 rebounds per game. During the playoffs, he scored 21.2 points, but the Celtics still lost to the Miami Heat. In 2013, he was traded to the New York Nets for future first round picks, in the 2014, 2016,2018 drafts. He signed a two year contract in 2014, to play for the Washington Wizards. However, he opted out of the second year and became a free agent. In 2015, he signed a three year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The 2016-2017, was his last season in the NBA. He signed a ceremonial contract on July 17, 2017, to retire as a Boston Celtic.
Awards and Acknowledgements
With all of the hard work that Paul Pierce has done to achieve being one of the most well known basketball players in the world, he has achieved the dream of playing and retiring for the team that he loved. However, his dedication to the NBA, has led him to win awards that showed his passion and dedication to the game of basketball. His earliest and award, came in 1995, when he was just in high school. He was given the California Mr. Basketball award, which is given to each year as an award to the best high school boys basketball player in the state of California. Pierce also won the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1999 as well as the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in 2008. His athleticism also earned the All-NBA Team Award in the years of, 2003, 2008, and 2009.
Net Worth of Paul Pierce
Paul Pierce has been a rising star in the sports industry ever since his years of playing in high school. He was not just achieved on the Celtics, but on the United States National Team as well. He went for the 2002 FIBA World Championship and started in all nine games, with his average score being 19.8 points per game. The net worth of Paul Pierce is $70 million, and he owes his success to his basketball career.
Paul Pierce has been a well known basketball player in the NBA since 1990’s, and the respect of the other players given to him has been shown greatly. HIs respect was so great that, he was given his nickname, The Truth, by Shaquille O’Neal, because of his skills as a basketball player. However, not only does Pierce have a great love and respect for the basketball, but for the medical field as well. In 2003, two years after being stabbed in his face, back and neck 11 times, he donated $2.5 million to the Tufts-New England Medical Center. This money went towards the expansion of the high-tech expansion of the medical center. Paul Pierce has not just been a major influence in the NBA, but also in the community.