In Friday morning’s Boston Globe, the Celtics showed their appreciation for the 21 years of service between them. The team took out a full-page ad thanking Pierce and Garnett for everything they’ve done for the organization.
The ad shows Pierce and Garnett hoisting the 2008 NBA Finals Trophy the two helped the Celtics win, after Pierce won the Finals MVP Award and Garnett the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Boston’s championship season came in Garnett’s first year with the team.
In their six years as teammates, they led the Celtics to a total record of 314-161. They made the playoffs each of those six years and made it to another NBA Finals in 2010, where they lost to the Lakers, who they beat to win their ’08 title.
Garnett never matched his statistical totals as a Celtic that he achieved with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he became an integral part of the so-called “Big Three.” His passion and competitiveness made him a fan-favorite in Boston, but Pierce was the true Celtic.
Pierce has spent all of his 15 NBA seasons in Boston, averaging 21.8 points-per-game and 6 assists-per-game over his career. He was drafted 10th overall by the Celtics in the 1998 draft, coming out of the University of Kansas.
The 35-year-old came in under the helm of Rick Pitino, but never made the playoffs during his tenure. But, in the 12 years since, the Pierce-led Celtics have only missed the playoffs twice. Before last season, the Celtics had finished first in the Atlantic Division six out of the last eight years.