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Austin Daye learned his craftiness from Paul Pierce


SLAM: When you were growing up, who was the one guy you had to watch on television?

AD: Paul Pierce. I just really liked his game. He wasn’t the fastest, wasn’t the most athletic, but he was always able to get to where he wanted to get to and be able to score, and he was scoring at will when he was in the Playoffs back then.

Daye’s game isn’t that similar to Pierce’s on the surface because Pierce is so ridiculously strong for a wing player, but like Pierce, Daye isn’t an elite ball-handler or especially quick off the dribble and in limited situations, Daye has shown some craftiness using angles and body positioning to create a little bit of daylight to get his shots off.

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While Paul Pierce is probably flattered to know Austin Daye watched him while growing up, it's gotta make him feel old.

The same way I feel when I discover a member of the Celtics dance team is closer to my son's age than mine.