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Travis on Pierce's exclusion of LeBron in his top five NBA players: 'he got 1000 points on just Paul Pierce'

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 22, 2020 1:28pm

Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce recently drew flak and laughter at the same time for yet another controversial claim.

In the recent episode of ESPN's NBA Countdown, Pierce did not include LeBron James in his top five players of all time.

For Pierce, these are his choices for the NBA's top five: Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, and the late Kobe Bryant.

As an explanation, Pierce claimed that the players he mentioned helped build or continue the winning tradition of their teams. It's something that, in his eyes, LeBron didn't do, saying he just jumped to and created super teams with the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

"What has LeBron did to build up any organization," asked Pierce.

"Bill Russell built up the organisation of Boston -- Kareem, Magic, Tim Duncan, Kobe, Bird, these guys are all top 10 players, who either helped build up their organization or continue their tradition.

"He (LeBron) went and put together a team in Miami. He came back to Cleveland to put that team together. And then he went to the Lakers where the tradition has already been made and that is still to be continued."

James has yet to respond to that as of posting time, but his high school teammate and good friend Romeo Travis did.

Travis, who played as an import for the Alaska Aces and the Magnolia Hotshots in the PBA, laughed at Pierce's claim, posting on Twitter that James scored 1,000 of his 34,087 points (so far) on Pierce alone.

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"He got 1,000 points on just Paul Pierce," wrote Travis in a Twitter post breaking down the best scoring outputs of James on Pierce.

But did James really scored 1000 points on Pierce?

Well, it looked like it. 

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Based on the basketball-reference.com's head-to-head matchup, James put up 29.3 points in 39 regular season games against Pierce.

Go to your calculator and it will yield the computation that James dropped 1,142.7 points over Pierce, who played from 1998 to 2017.

That's regular season games only, though, as James added more buckets against Pierce in their playoffs battles.

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Citing to basketball-reference.com again, James averaged 29.1 points in 30 playoffs games against Pierce. That's 873 points.

In total, the 6-foot-8 James scored 2,015.7 of his points against the 6-foot-7 Pierce. Let's just say 2,015.

For his part, Pierce, who, like James, plays the small forward position during his career, scored buckets against his rival too.

In 39 regular season games against James, Pierce put up 20.2 points. Compute that and it will result to 787.8 points.

In 30 playoffs games, Pierce, who spent most of his career with the Celtics, dropped 17.0 markers against James, who spent most of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That's 510 points.

In total, Pierce scored 1,297.8 points against James. Let's just say 1,297.

It's noteworthy, however, that Pierce and James did not entirely defended each other all the time when their respective teams battled. There's a thing like switches. There's time when James sat on the bench and Pierce was on the floor, and vice versa. James and Pierce's teammates' games, as well as their respective teams' offensive and defensive schemes, sure factored in their scoring outputs against each other also.

As for their regular season record, the one-time champion Pierce was on the winning end with his 21-18 win-loss card over James' 18-21 (of course).

The four-time MVP and three-time champ James, however, holds a winning record over Pierce in their playoffs battles, 17-13.

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