Paul Pierce's offensive arsenal will never age or go out of style. When he is 47 in 2024, he will still be backing down athletic wunderkinds half his age for a step-back jumper on the paint-chipped rims of Rogers Park in Inglewood, Calif.

What separates Pierce from most of the NBA's elite players is that his game is not based solely on athleticism. LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Derrick Rose dominate the game primarily because of athleticism backed up by great skill. But how they look 10 years from now, when they are in their early or mid 30s, is a mystery because those raw physical skills will have decayed.

While Pierce's physical prowess has slipped slightly over the past several years, he remains capable of breakout games because of his ability to create space with his size and a polished mid-range game that many of his contemporaries lack.