Better known as *THE DEUCES*
Rice University Graduate
NBA Career Highs
Highest score in a game
Free Throws made in a single game
6th man of the year award
Consecutive Free Throws Made in a season
Ricky was one of the NBA’S premier Sixth men. The 6’5 swingman enjoyed a long and successful career as a deadly scorer off the bench while playing 16 seasons, and 12 playoffs. He played with the Milwaukee Bucks 2X, the Seattle Supersonics and nine teams total.
He was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 1987 by averaging 19.5 points in his third season with the Bucks.
He earned the same award three seasons later (1990), averaging 23.0 points without starting a single game, which was an NBA record.
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, Eddie Johnson, Gary Payton, and Shawn Kemp led the Sonics to Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals but lost to the Phoenix Suns.
He retired after the 1997–98 season after his return to the Bucks.
Ricky Pierce returned to Rice University and received his B.A. in Kinesiology.
He was honored to be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame in 2015.