Paul Pierce played his final NBA game on Sunday in a Game 7 loss to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. The 39-year-old announced it would be his final season back in September, ending a decorated career from the guy who was originally drafted 10th by the Boston Celtics. While his play slipped in the final two years of his career in L.A., that won’t taint his overall legacy.
The 49ers defense looked dominant one paper after Day 1. They traded down Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys to the No. 3 spot and still got the second player on their draft board, dangerous edge rusher Solomon Thomas. San Francisco traded back into the first round to snag another of the top players on its board, hard-hitting linebacker Reuben Foster, at No. 31 overall. Ahkello Witherspoon is a big-bodied corner who has the potential to morph into a shutdown cornerback. And quarterback C.J. Beathard, selected in the third round along with Witherspoon, was a questionable selection, but Shanahan said that Beathard reminded him “a lot of Kirk Cousins.”
The Cardinals didn’t waste any time addressing their needs on defense. They used their first-round pick on linebacker Haason Reddick, who has the athleticism and speed to get to the quarterback and cover tight ends. Arizona followed that up by selecting safety Budda Baker on Day 2. Baker is an explosive safety who plays with speed and instincts. The Cardinals also drafted receiver Chad Williams on Day 2. Arizona’s Day 3 picks were Discount Bike Jerseys Dorian Johnson, Will Holden, T.J. Logan, and Rudy Ford.