Kansas Sports Hall of Famer, Paul Pierce is a former basketball player whose exploits in the National Basketball Association still speak volumes till date. Having been selected as the 10th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1998 National Basketball Association draft, the ex-small forward went on to play for 19 seasons in the league before professionally ending his career in the year, 2017. Despite retirement, Pierce currently holds several unprecedented Celtics franchise records including having one of the longest tenures of 15 years with the team.
His career achievements include winning the National Basketball Association Championship, the NBA final Most Valuable Player Award once, being a three-time member of the All-NBA Third Team selection, a member of the National Basketball Association All-Star Team selection (ten times) and others. He also represented the United States in men’s basketball competitions which earned him Home Team Community Service Award. He is currently a media personality, serving as an analyst on ESPN.
Paul Pierce’s Background Details
It was on the 13th of October 1977, that the reputable athlete was born as Paul Anthony Pierce in Oakland, California, where he also had his childhood experiences. He later relocated with his parents to Inglewood, California and there, he acquired his elementary education from Inglewood high school. While in high school, Paul Pierce was an elite basketball player who participated in the all-star basketball game played each year for American and Canadian boys’ and girls’ high school graduates known as, The McDonald’s All-American Game of which he was named as one of their 35 greatest players.
He later enrolled at the University of Kansas where he continued with the exploits that earned him the Most Valuable Player Awards in the Big 12 men’s basketball championship. During the three years Paul Pierce spent at the university, he achieved career points; 1,786 and rebounds; 676 as he ended up becoming the school’s fifth-leading scorer and equally an inaugural tournament Champion.
In the year 2000, Paul Pierce nearly lost his life to a stabbing attack that occurred at a late-night club, Buzz Club situated in Boston Theatre District. He was stabbed eleven times in the face, neck, and back, and equally had a bottle hit on the head, with the bottle smashing into pieces. He was rushed to the hospital by his then-teammate, Tony Battie and his brother. He subsequently received medical help as he underwent lung surgery that aided in his recuperation.
Facts About Paul Pierce’s Wife
Paul Pierce exchanged vows with his now-wife, Julie Pierce on the 17th July 2010 in Newport Coast, California. The couple are proud parents of three children – two daughters named Prianna Lee (born in 2008) and Adrian Tanya (born in 2011), and a son, Prince Paul who was born in 2013. Meanwhile, Pierce has a daughter, Janaiya from his previous union to Dana Davis.
His wife, Julie is the daughter of Terry and Teresa Landrum. She serves as the founder of Melrose Avenue interior design firm and furniture line, Plush Home located in Boston, Massachusetts.
What’s Paul Pierce’s Net Worth?
In 1998, ex-player joined the NBA franchise, Bolton Celtics after being picked as the overall 10th in the National Basketball Association draft. In his first season, he averaged points; 16.5 and was close to earning the Rookie of the Year Award for which he finished third place. Having played in 82 games for the 2000-2001 season, Pierce averaged – points; 25.3, assists; 3.1, rebounds; 6.4, steals; 1.68 in 38 minutes per game.
He went on to play a total of fifteen seasons with the franchise during which he scored the most points of 13 in an overtime period and equally the most points in half; 46. His other glorious records while at the club include achieving the highest free throws in a season; 627 as well as registering 9 steals in a game which is deemed the highest in the annals of the franchise. He is also the only player in the annals of the club to become the National Basketball Association leading scorer in a regular season (2001-2002) with a total point of 2,144, and the oldest player to register 40 points in a game which he achieved at the age of 35.
Paul Pierce ended his career professionally in the year 2017, registering a career statistics of points; 26,397, assists; 4,708 and rebounds; 7,527 after being associated with other clubs such as Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers.
The distinguished athlete made huge wealth during his 19-year stint in the NBA. Paul Pierce has a financial value that is estimated at $70 million. He now works as an ESPN analyst on the sports network’s pregame TV show airing prior to National Basketball Association telecast known as NBA Countdown.
One of the well-known names in the game of basketball, Paul Pierce is standing at a gigantic height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) which perfectly complements his body mass of about 107 kg (235 lbs).