Paul Pierce was only recently named a permanent addition to the already-star-studded ESPN broadcast family, but the Celtics legend and future Hall-of-Famer has already carved out a niche for himself making bold proclamations on a variety of basketball-related topics.
Pierce not only thinks Kevin Durant has already supplanted LeBron James as the best player on the planet; he went out on a limb recently to predict that Durant’s former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, will topple the reigning champion Warriors this season and hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy when all is said and done.
He was back at it on Wednesday when he offered some pretty lofty praise for former teammate John Wall when it comes to his standing among the elite point guards in the NBA.
“First off, he’s so fast and dynamic. You can’t get up on him and crowd him. That’s when he drives to the hole. He’ll dunk on you with the left, with the right. He has the handles of a small guy even though he stands 6’3. He has the speed of an NFL running back. So you pretty much have to give him space and let him shoot the jumper. If not, he’ll embarrass you all night. That’s why I consider him the best point guard in the league.”
Pierce might be a little biased having spent a couple of seasons in Washington playing alongside Wall, but then again, the same could be said for Chris Paul.
There’s no doubt Wall is right there among the NBA’s elite floor generals and is arguably the best two-way point guard of the crop, but there’s still arguments to be made for guys like Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, and Paul. Regardless, you can always count of The Truth to bring the heat with any and all of his NBA takes.