Ricky Pierce

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Ricky Pierce
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Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1959-08-19) August 19, 1959 (age 55)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Garland (Garland, Texas)
College Walla Walla CC (1978–1979)
Rice (1979–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1982–1998
Career history
1982–1983 Detroit Pistons
1983–1984 San Diego Clippers
19841991 Milwaukee Bucks
1991–1994 Seattle SuperSonics
1994–1995 Golden State Warriors
1995–1996 Indiana Pacers
1996–1997 Denver Nuggets
1997 Charlotte Hornets
1997 AEK Athens (Greece)
1997–1998 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 14,467 (14.9 ppg)
Rebounds 2,296 (2.4 rpg)
Assists 1,826 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ricky Charles Pierce (born August 19, 1959) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) player.

Playing career[edit]

He graduated from Garland High School and attended Rice University,[1] a member of Will Rice College. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 1982 NBA Draft. However, he found his most career success after he was traded by the San Diego Clippers before the 1984-85 season along with Terry Cummings to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Pierce won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award for 1986–87 by averaging his 19.5 points in his third season with the Bucks. He earned the same award again three seasons later, averaging 23.0 points without starting a single game (an NBA record)[2] in 1989–90. In the week preceding the 1991 trade deadline, the Bucks traded Pierce to the Seattle SuperSonics for Dale Ellis.

Pierce became a regular starter in 1991–92, his first full season with the Sonics. He made 75 consecutive free throws through several games in November–December 1991, the second-longest such streak at that time. In 1993, Pierce and teammates Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp led the Sonics to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, but lost to the Phoenix Suns. Pierce returned to the bench for 1993–94 following Seattle’s off-season acquisition of Kendall Gill.

He retired after the 1997–98 season in his second stint with the Bucks.

He also once had a playing stint in the Greek league with AEK Athens in the beginning of his last active season as a player.[3]

Post playing career[edit]

Since retiring, Pierce has developed his own basketball system that assists with shooting accuracy with specially-designed fingertip-placement markers.[4] Pierce developed the idea after watching his son, Aron, playing basketball at the YMCA. Pierce was giving advice to parents on how to teach their kids the perfect jump shot.[5] A product would later be developed known as the Accushot22, a specially designed basketball with 10 oval indentations.[5] The product sells for $37.95, although hundreds are given away free to underprivileged children.[5]

Pierce returned to Rice University to complete his degree, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology in May 2012.[6]

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