That above title may not be such a big deal in most circumstances but when you're #2 on the Boston Celtics all-time scoring list, that, sir, is a big freakin' deal.
That's #2 for the most successful franchise in the history of the NBA. Granted, Celtics' history is not littered with the greatest scorers of all time -- they always won as a team -- but he passed Larry "The Legend" Bird to get to this perch and I think it about time we start to appreciate the career of Paul Pierce. No, he will not be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time but he will be a Hall of Famer when his career is done.
Watch this video of the guys from CSNNE argue about Paul's place in Celtic history.
At 34 years of age he has a few more years to pad his stats from where he currently is, which is just below 22,000 career points and a .45 field goal percentage. As the guys in the video point out, he's a very good all-around player. He also has a ring and was the Finals MVP. He is currently 28th on the NBA all-time scoring list. Here's a list of the players ahead of him on the list who are not in the Hall of Fame: Kobe, Shaq, Reggie Miller, Iverson, KG, Dirk, Ray Allen, Tim Duncan and Gary Payton. Take a look at this list and maybe more telling is all the Hall of Famers who scored fewer points than The Truth, guys like Magic, McAdoo and George Gervin.
No matter how you shake it though, this was a great night for Paul, a player who wears the green very well.