Ten-time NBA All-Star. Finals MVP. World champion. Paul Pierce will soon add Hall of Famer to his long list of accomplishments.
Today, the Naismith Memorial Baskeball Hall of Fame announced the captain and The Truth eligible for entry as part of the Class of 2021. Pierce is joined by fellow first time nominees Doug Collins, Michael Cooper, Howard Garfinkel, Lou Henson, Val Ackerman, Yolanda Griffith and Lauren Jackson.
Here’s ESPN’s The Jump’s Rachel Nichols informing PP of his nomination:
The first-time candidate certainly has a first-ballot Hall of Fame resume. After slipping in the 1998 NBA Draft, the Celtics swooped him up at #10 and Pierce would go on to have one of the most decorated careers in green. After fifteen seasons in Boston, Pierce became the team’s second all-time leading scorer behind John Havlicek, shot and made the most three-pointers and free throws, and finished third in minutes and games played. Pierce would then spend the final four years of his career as a basketball mercenary, playing in Brooklyn, Washington, and his hometown, Los Angeles.
According to the Hoop Hall, “following the Hall of Fame’s traditional timeline, Finalists from the North American and Women’s committee for the Class of 2021 will be announced in the timeframe of NBA All-Star Weekend, which is scheduled for early March” with the induction ceremony schedule for September 2021. Pierce’s possible induction could be preceded by his former teammate’s, Kevin Garnett, on May 13-15.