Player: Paul Pierce
Team(s): Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets
Career: 1998-Present
Stats21.8 PPG, 3.9 APG, 6.0 RPG

The story goes that when Paul Pierce scored 42 points with 13-of-19 in a Celtics loss to the Lakers on March 13, 2001, Shaquille O'Neal pulled aside a Boston reporter and said, "Take this down. My name is Shaquille O'Neal, and Paul Pierce is the [expletive] truth. Quote me on that, and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is the truth." And it stuck, despite this nonsense.