Robert Parish calls Paul Piece the greatest offensive player in Celtics history
Paul Pierce is regarded as a Boston Celtics legend. He is without a doubt one of the best players to ever don the Celtics’ green and white. Alongside Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Pierce led the Celtics to an NBA championship in 2008, winning the Finals MVP award of the series.
However, before that year, Pierce was already a star. On a mediocre team, he led the Celtics in all statistical categories for a number of years leading up to his championship heyday. Hence, Pierce will have his jersey retired in February, and will likely become a Hall of Famer before 2020.
In any case, there are some people who believe that Pierce was the most gifted Celtics player ever. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN, Boston legend Robert Parish stated that he believes Pierce is the greatest offensive player in team history.
Hall of Famer Robert Parrish said @paulpierce34 was the greatest offensive player from the Celtics of all-time.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 10, 2018
This is a surprising comment coming from one of the players who suited up alongside Larry Bird and Kevin McHale in a period where the Celtics won three championships in the 80s. It’s truly amazing that Parish didn’t select a player from his generation for that honor. Specifically, Larry Bird who crosses some people’s minds as the most offensively-gifted Celtic of all time.
Parish’s comments demonstrate his respect for Pierce’s dynamic offensive game. As a matter of fact, Bid and Pierce are quite similar offensively. Both players can shoot tremendously from the 3-point line, both legends can also score bunches in a variety of ways, and they both have the tendencies to knock down tough shots in the clutch.
Nonetheless, Bird is sure to hear about Parish’s comments and give his own opinion of who is the best offensive Celtic.