They were the ebb to each other’s flow as the starting backcourt of Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. You couldn’t mention Joe Dumars without talking about the mercurial Isiah Thomas. They complemented each other well; if Isiah was the flash and pizazz of the Detroit Pistons then Dumars represented the blue collar lunch pail force that was willing to get things done by any means necessary. They were successful as teammates but as executives stood as far on the other end of the spectrum as humanly possible. Until now.
Dumars recently acquired Brandon Jennings via trade only to top his acquisition of Josh Smith who plays the exact same position as his two top young stars in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. That’s right; the Detroit Pistons GM acquired a guard who doesn’t pass the ball to set up a player who needs the defense to be broken down to score. Yes, Pistons fans, you have just signed up for the Eddy Curry to Stephon Marbury New York Knicks tandem for the new millennium. Enjoy.
What makes the two occurrences eerily similar is that the Knicks during that time traded their cap room, expiring contracts and draft status to be a mildly bad team in the East. This was from 2006 to 2008 and the players selected in those drafts were LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant and Kevin Love. So enjoy bypassing Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker for the 9th seed in an eight team playoff.
Dumars wasn’t always this bad. He assembled the Pistons squad that won the championship through piecemeal pieces that included a spectacular trade for Rasheed Wallace. The last two times he has had cap room have been dreadful. Between signing a designated sixth man to star money like he did with Ben Gordon or signing an above/below average point guard (depends on who you’re asking) to Rajon Rondo money is straight asinine.
Dumars has an executive of the year award to his credit. I hope it eases him when he finds himself in the same place Isiah Thomas is next season: without an executive job.