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.