Paul Pierce, former Celtic captain and now a Brooklyn Net, has reached a new career milestone by joining the exclusive 25,000-point club.
Pierce is just the 18th player in NBA history to breach the 25,000-point threshold after he drained a three-pointer against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night at Barclays Center.
“The Truth” also etched his name in the record books as the fourth active player in the league to reach the milestone joining the rare company of Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Dirk Nowitzki.
In interview with ESPN, Pierce however said that it is better to join the championship club.
“It’s better to be in the championship club obviously. Statistical things, they come and go. There’s gonna be players in the future that pass me up, but when you win, that lasts forever. It’s great. I’m gonna enjoy being part of history. It’s just a testament to my hard work and consistency over the years and good health,” the Net’s forward said.
Meanwhile, longtime friend and teammate Kevin Garnett welcomed Pierce to the exclusive club.
” ‘Truth’ has been a big part of this league. He’s one of my great friends, best friends. We’ve had some accomplishments together, done some great things together, and tonight it was all about him. I’m happy for him,” Garnett, who won a championship with Pierce as Boston Celtics in 2008, said.
Pierce is behind Jerry West (25,192), Reggie Miller (25279) and Alex English (25613) in the all-time scoring list and has a shot to be part of the top 15 if he continues to play.
In Celtics history, the 36-year-old veteran ranks second on the franchise’s all-time scoring list behind John Havlicek.
He averaged 21.3 points per game in his 16-year career, 15 years spent with the Celtics, before averaging a career-low 13.5 points per game in his first season with the Brooklyn Nets.
With his new achievement on top of 10 All-Star appearances, three All-NBA selections, a Finals MVP and a championship ring, “The Truth” secures himself a first ballot for the Hall of Fame after its all said and done.