Ricky Pierce

Ricky Charles Pierce ( born August 19, 1959 in Dallas, Texas ) is a former American professional basketball player who played 1982-1998 in the NBA. Pierce is the only player besides Detlef Schrempf and Kevin McHale, who managed to win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award as the best bench player twice.


Pierce was selected in the NBA Draft 1982, 18 out of the Detroit Pistons. After brief stays at the Pistons and the San Diego Clippers in 1984, he landed with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks Pierce became an important key players. In 1987, he won his first Best Sixth Man Award. Coming off the bench, he scored 19.5 points per game. In 1990, he won the award again. He scored 23.0 points per game and started just one game, this section points is still considered NBA record for a pure substitute.

1991 was followed by a transfer to the Seattle SuperSonics for Dale Ellis. With the Sonics Pierce celebrated his athletic successful period. He reached in 1993, with the then young players Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, the Western Conference finals. The Sonics documents cited by Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson Phoenix Suns scarce in the seventh game of the best- of-seven series.

The last years of his career spent at various Pierce NBA clubs, where he was staying but never longer than a year. After a brief stint in Greece, he came back in 1997 back to the Bucks, where he announced the end of season end of his career. During his career, Pierce scored 14.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.