Pierce Named All-Star Reserve for Fifth Time in Career
The Truth to Make Fifth Straight All-Star Appearance
BOSTON – Boston Celtics guard/forward Paul Pierce was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team yesterday. Pierce makes his fifth straight All-Star appearance as a reserve, which was voted on by the 15 Eastern Conference Head Coaches.
"I'm proud to once again represent the Boston Celtics and our loyal fans in my fifth NBA All-Star Game," said Celtics captain Paul Pierce. "It is an honor to be selected by the coaches, and I look forward to playing with and against the top players in the world."
In four previous All-Star games Pierce is averaging 11.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. In his first appearance in 2002 Pierce scored 19 points and grabbed 7 boards in 23 minutes. Pierce becomes the 13th Celtic to make at least five All-Star appearances, and the 12th to make five consecutive, joining Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, John Havlicek, Robert Parish, Dave Cowens, Kevin McHale, Bill Sharman, JoJo White, Tom Heinsohn and Ed Macauley.
The seven-year NBA veteran is enjoying a career season, averaging 25.7 points, shooting a career-high 47.3 percent from field, to go with a career-high 7.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 39.0 minutes per game. Pierce recently moved into 8th place on the Celtics all-time scoring list, passing Bill Sharman, JoJo White and Dave Cowens this season. He is the only player in the NBA leading his team points, rebounds and assists per game and joins fellow All-Star Allen Iverson as the only players in the NBA to score at least 15 points in every game this season.
The Eastern Conference All-Star Team consists of starters Allen Iverson, Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Jermaine O'Neal and Shaquille O'Neal, with the reserves being Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace.