Paul Pierce (born October 13, 1977 in Oakland, California) is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Pierce was drafted by the Celtics with the 10th pick in the first round of the 1998 NBA Draft and has played for Boston his entire career. His nickname, conferred upon him by Shaquille O'Neal, is "The Truth". Perhaps his best NBA season has been the 2005-2006 season, as he has averaged a career high 27 points per game and also led the team in rebounding, steals, and assists.