The Truth is heading to The Hall.
According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Paul Pierce will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2021. The official announcement, which will include the full class, will be made Sunday morning.
One of the all-time great Celtics players, Pierce is the franchise’s second-leaded all-time scorer, trailing only John Havlicek. Drafted 10th overall by Boston in 1998, Pierce was the focal point of the organization for a decade and a half, including their 2008 title run that saw him win Finals MVP. Pierce becomes the 35th former Celtics player to be enshrined in Springfield.
League-wide, he’s the NBA’s 16th all-time leading scorer with over 26,000 points to his name. He was also a 10-time All-Star and four-time All-NBA player.
Pierce isn’t the only former Celtic among the finalists for the Class of 2021. Bill Russell – who was inducted as a player in 1975 – has a chance to be enshrined again, this time as a coach. Russell became the first Black head coach in NBA history when he replaced a retiring Red Auerbach in 1966. He would go on to win two rings as a player-coach in 1968 and 1969.
The Class of 2021 induction ceremony will take place this September.
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