Doc Rivers was hired to be the Boston Celtics’ 16th head coach in franchise history. Pierce was going through immaturity issues as a budding superstar playing in a less than ideal situation. While it was true that Pierce was an all-star at the age of 26, he was also an inefficient scorer, shooting 40% from the field and 30% from three-point during the 2003-04 season. Pierce’s immaturity was on full display during one of his worst moments as a professional basketball player – Game 6 against Indiana.
The deal that never was
Prior to the 06’ NBA Draft, Paul Pierce was more than on the table for trades. In fact, Pierce was nearly traded for the rights to Chris Paul.
Instead, Pierce put together a revitalized season and one of the best of his career. He posted career-highs in PER (23.6) and points per game (26.8), and put together a regular season duel with LeBron James that (somehow) gets lost in memory.
Build around Pierce and bring in reinforcements
After that 05-06 season and the subsequent 24-win season in 06-07, it was clear that Celtics ownership wanted to build Boston’s next title around No. 34.
Danny Ainge struck a draft-day trade with the Seattle Super Sonics for superstar Ray Allen (very good), before putting together one of the greatest NBA trades of all-time and bringing in mega-star Kevin Garnett (earth-shattering) from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Where were you when Kevin Garnett was traded to Boston?