Fantasy Basketball: Don’t Give Up On Paul Pierce
During his tenure with the Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce was a fantasy basketball superstar. He was constantly leading the team in scoring and seemed to drop 20 points on a nightly basis for fantasy fans.
Now with the Brooklyn Nets, Pierce has seen his role drastically changed. The 10-time All-Star is posting a career-lows in minutes (28.3) and points (13.5) this season. The superstar has even come off the bench during some games. Just because he is in a different role, though, doesn’t mean that Pierce still can’t be a valuable fantasy contributor.
Pierce has always been a second-half player and the veteran has slowly seen his scoring average rise in recent months. He averaged 12.1 points in November and 12.8 points in December, but he has seen his average in January jump up to 15.5 points to go along with a similarly impressive 15 points this month. He has been really heating up this winter.
During his two games before the turn, Pierce dropped 25 points against the Charlotte Bobcats and followed it up with another 15 points against the Chicago Bulls. He his starting to find his groove again and is looking like the scorer of old.
If you still have Pierce on your roster, don’t loose faith in him just yet. He will start to come alive over the spring months and should easily average 15 points per game down the stretch.