5 Greatest Detroit Pistons To Ever Play In NBA All-Star Game
The 5 Greatest Detroit Pistons to Ever Play in the All-Star Game
Over the years, the Detroit Pistons have been anywhere from awesome to awful, but one thing they can always hang their hat on is the great legacy established by some of the most competitive, passionate and talented players of all time. From the days of the hard-nosed 70s, to the leaders of the “Bad Boys” in the late 80s and early 90s, on to the smooth slashing forwards of the late 90s and early 2000s.
The 2004 championship team was certainly one of the greatest of all time for the Pistons, but sadly, I couldn't justify placing those players on this list. However, some of the players that did make the list had a very direct impact on the formation of that team. Their success was based on tough defense and team basketball, which has defined the Pistons' glory days in the past.
With the NBA All-Star game approaching, it’s always a good excuse to reflect back on some of the amazing players to grace the court in one of the most entertaining spectacles in the sports world. The All-Star game has maybe lost some of its luster, but like the Pistons, the event can always lay claim to being the everlasting showcase of some of the greatest athletes in sports history.
As for Pistons players on the All-Star Game roster, there’s been a bit of a drought in recent years. Hopefully for longtime fans, this list reminds them of how the franchise has produced some of the best All-Stars in NBA history, and how the team has gone through many ups and downs over the years.
5. Dave Bing
Who better to start this list of top Pistons All-Stars than the Mayor? Dave Bing went to six All-Star games and then went on to be the mayor of the city of Detroit.
4. Grant Hill
Grant Hill was arguably the most talented player to ever play basketball for the motor city. He went to five All-Star games as a Piston, and should always be considered one of the greatest Pistons of all time.
3. Bob Lanier
Bob Lanier was one of the original big men in the game for the Pistons, and he played in seven All-Star games for Detroit.
2. Joe Dumars
Not only was Joe Dumars one of the key players on the “Bad Boys” that won back-to-back championships, he is also largely responsible for bringing together the players that went on to win the championship in 2004. Joe Dumars played in six All-Star games.
1. Isiah Thomas
No matter how you slice it, Isiah Thomas is the greatest Detroit Piston of all time. He played in 12 total All-Star games and led the team to back-to-back championships in an era that included Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson. He also took part directly in one of the most memorable All-Star games in history, going head-to-head with Magic Johnson. To this day, that is my favorite All-Star game memory.