|#34's last 14 seasons put him on a very short list.|
The fact that he's still doing stuff like this in his 15th season is absolutely amazing. Pierce is averaging 18.8 points per game this year, an incredible feat when you consider how long he's be doing it for. In her ESPN Boston column today, Jackie MacMullan noted the remarkable consistency and longevity of Pierce's career, sharing a quote from Doc Rivers:
Going on 15 seasons now, he's averaged 18 points a game (or more) every year.
"You realize that only five guys in the history of the game have done that, right?" Rivers said. "Look up the guys that have done it, and I guarantee you will say, 'Wow.'"
As usual, Doc is right. Upon further examination, Pierce is indeed among elite company. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other players who have averaged 18 points a game or more for as many consecutive seasons as Pierce are Karl Malone (17 straight seasons), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (16), Kobe Bryant (15), Hakeem Olajuwon (14) and Shaquille O'Neal (14).
I think Jackie meant to say "going on 14 seasons now" (Pierce averaged 16.5 PPG in his rookie campaign), but regardless that is some very impressive company for the C's captain.
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Mark Vandeusen 4/01/2013 02:12:00 PM Tweet