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Paul Pierce | Forward

Team: Washington Wizards
Age / DOB:  (37) / 10/13/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 235
College: Kansas
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Paul Pierce started slow due to foul trouble and was still able to finish with 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.
He hit two very clutch back-to-back fadeaway jumpers to help put the game away. Pierce's minutes have been higher than originally expected with 33 in the opener. He's looking like a bargain for those who grabbed him in the late rounds. Oct 30 - 10:28 PM

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Paul Pierce said he wants the Wizards to establish an identity after their season opening loss to the Heat.

The Wizards were outrebounded 44-38 as they played without the suspended Nene and DeJuan Blair. "That fourth quarter, it was our worst defensive quarter," Pierce said. "We got to be better in that aspect. We got to do a better job of establishing our identity. This team is not known for their rebounding," Pierce said, "so there’s no way they should outrebound us." Pierce had a solid showing with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals and he should have a big enough role in Washington's offense to be worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 30 - 12:48 PM

Paul Pierce looked a little strange in his Wizards uniform, but played well, hitting 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in a loss to the Heat.

Pierce looks like his old self early and he's going to hurt the development of Otto Porter if he continues to play this well.
Oct 30 - 12:29 AM

Paul Pierce spent time practicing at power forward on Monday.

Pierce could see time as a small-ball power forward in certain lineups, but we wouldn't expect him to spend significant time at the position. Regardless, it's clear the Wizards are looking for ways to keep Pierce on the floor, and he should have a solid role in the offense while Bradley Beal (wrist) is sidelined.
Oct 27 - 1:09 PM

Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:16 PM

Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds.
Oct 21 - 3:48 PM

Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
Oct 20 - 6:55 PM

Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
Oct 19 - 2:40 PM

Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
Oct 17 - 9:03 PM

Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
Oct 17 - 6:26 PM

Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
Oct 15 - 5:37 PM

Paul Pierce hit 2-of-6 shots for four points, six rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 22 minutes at starting small forward for the Wizards on Wednesday.

Pierce should have no problem holding down the starting job in Washington and as long as his body holds up, should be an excellent value pick late in drafts. Tonight's line isn't exactly eye-opening, but it was the second preseason game of the year.
Oct 8 - 10:31 PM

Paul Pierce stated during a recent interview that the Nets did not bring him back because they were trying to "cut costs."

"They said they wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender. Right now, they're kind of in the middle right now. And I really didn't want to be in the middle." The Nets declined to match Pierce's two-year contract offer from Washington worth $11 million, and in the process saved roughly $20 million in luxury taxes. Pierce averaged 13.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.5 three-pointers with the Nets last season, and while he's not likely to handle the ball as much with the Wizards, he'll be worth a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Oct 6 - 5:07 PM

Paul Pierce said he's picking up coach Randy Wittman's system quickly.

The two seem to have a good relationship already and coach Wittman said he's already impressed with how Pierce is helping in a leadership role. He still is unlikely to handle the ball as much as he did last year, but is worth a late-round flier in all leagues.
Oct 3 - 9:59 AM

Paul Pierce cited John Wall's playmaking as a primary reason he decided to sign with the Wizards this offseason.

"John is going to make life easier on me," Pierce said. "I saw what he was able to do last year. How he helped Trevor Ariza miraculously have another career year ... Hopefully I can step in there and get into the right spots." Pierce took 42.1 percent of his shots beyond the arc in Brooklyn last year, demolishing his previous career-high, and his success as a spot-up shooter should ensure healthy 3-point totals this season.
Oct 1 - 1:39 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1John Wall
2Andre Miller
3Garrett Temple
SG1Bradley Beal
2Glen Rice Jr.
3Martell Webster
4Rasual Butler
SF1Paul Pierce
2Otto Porter
PF1Nene Hilario
2Drew Gooden
3DeJuan Blair
C1Marcin Gortat
2Kevin Seraphin
3Kris Humphries