Paul Pierce won a championship with the Boston Celtics but they were never his first choice.
Paul Pierce is considered to be a legend in Boston. He helped the team win a title in 2008 and while his hot takes get him in trouble, there is no doubt he is a respected player around the NBA. Pierce was drafted tenth overall by the Boston Celtics in 1998 although he was projected to go much higher. While speaking to the "All The Smoke" podcast, Pierce admitted that he actually wanted to go to the Clippers.
“The Clippers was the number one pick, and I was like, ‘Ooh, I wanna go home and play,’" Pierce said. So I worked out for them, and then I asked them for a second workout… I was projected to go No. 2 to the Vancouver Grizzlies. Clippers wanted a big man, they picked [Michael] Olowokandi.”
Pierce went on to explain how he felt while he saw himself slipping in the draft. As you can imagine, it wasn't a very good feeling.
“The Draft comes, and I just slipped. I’m an All American, I’m a top 5 player in college, I’m up for National Player of the Year, so I’m wondering why is it that I’m slipping. I’m slipping in the draft," Pierce explained.
While Pierce didn't get drafted high, there is no denying things ended up working out for him.