Inglewood native, Celtics great and 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce among the 14 finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2021 class.
Making the case for Pierce
Jared Weiss, Celtics beat writer: Pierce has generally been considered to be a lock for the Hall since he led the second Celtics Big 3 era to a title in 2008 and went to the wire in Game 7 in the 2010 Finals. He spent the first half of his career turning into a complete scorer who had some playoff success, but by 2007 it looked like he was never going to make the leap to a winning star. Over the next decade, he became a two-way playmaker and a well-established winner. He had the quintessential Hall of Fame career, evolving from a dominant scorer to an all-around player while leading a champion along the way.