Paul Pierce’s arrival means the Wizards remain great at acquiring aging scorers


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When the Wizards acquired Paul Pierce, I thought the team solidified its roster without handicapping itself financially or restricting future options. The Wizards limited the fallout from losing Trevor Ariza, added a veteran who won’t be afraid to shoot in crunch time, and also injected some local and national buzz. These are all very good things.

But — like many of you — when the Wizards acquired Paul Pierce, I also thought “gee, it seems like the Wizards have often acquired big-time scorers who are likely on the downside of their careers.”

So I was kind of curious about that. And then I made some pictures about it. But none of this is meant to cast aspersions on the Pierce acquisition.

So anyhow. When Pierce plays his first game for Washington, the Bullets/Wizards will move into a tie for second third in the “most top 20 scorers in NBA history” category.

As you’d guess, though, some of the high-scoring players who have played for the Bullets or Wizards didn’t do most of their high-scoring in Baltimore or Washington. Michael Jordan scored about 9 percent of his career points for Washington’s franchise. For Moses Malone, it was about 12 percent. For Mitch Richmond, about 14 percent.

Of these seven men — who all rank in the top 50 for all-time NBA points — only Elvin Hayes scored the majority of his points in Washington.

And of these same seven men, three — Jordan, Richmond and Bernard King — either ended their long careers in Washington, or played just a single season after leaving town. If you had to guess now, you’d probably expect that Pierce will one day join that particular list.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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