In the spirit of Halloween, former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce named the five “scariest” players to guard in the NBA right now. Believe it or not, his list included LeBron James.
Pierce has changed his tone on James over the past few weeks. Right after the 35-year-old won a championship with the Lakers, Pierce labeled him the second-best player of all-time – behind Michael Jordan.
Even though Pierce might still be a tad upset that James knocked him out of the playoffs multiple times toward the end of his career, he had nothing but good things to say about the four-time champion on Friday.
“On any given night, he can posterize you at the age of 35,” Pierce said on The Jump. “Still winning championships. You don’t want to end up on a Wheaties box for LeBron’s posters. That’s a scary thought right there.”
The other four players to crack the list were Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.
Some arguments can be made for players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steph Curry, but the players that Pierce selected are certainly scary to guard.
Prior to his injury, Durant was considered to be the best scorer in the league. It has to be frightening to defend a player that’s so tall yet can easily knock down jumpers from beyond the arc.
Guards like Irving and Lillard, meanwhile, are so crafty and lethal with their ball handles that it’s a nightmare to defend them in open space.
As for Harden, the fact that he’s averaging 34.3 points per game is all you need to bring up when mentioning him as one of the scariest players to guard.
What do you think of Pierce’s list?