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One Of The Greatest Steals in NBA Draft History: Joe Dumars


Joe Dumars played in the position of the shooting guard. He was known for his versatility, which allowed him to take on the role of Point Guard alongside his actual position when needed.

Let’s look at his draft story. Dumars finished his senior season in college as the country's sixth-best scorer and 11th in the history of the NCAA. Nevertheless, the shooting guard flew long under the radar of many scouts. Since Dumars had rather played football in high school and decided only later on for the orange leather, not many colleges sought the services of the future general manager of the Pistons. With the McNeese State Cowboys Dumars could not even participate in the NCAA Tournament.

The other picks: Dumars was not the only player who would have liked to hear his name in the 1985 Draft earlier from the Commissioner's mouth. Karl Malone heard that the Mavericks would pull him into the eighth position in the draft, and he had already bought a house in Dallas because of that. However, the Mavs opted for German Detlef Schrempf, and Malone slipped to position 13 before the Jazz hit. Texans did not show any interest on Dumars: at the 16th and 17th pick the Hall of Famer would have been available for Dallas, but anyway, the Mavericks decided with Bill Wennington and Uwe Blab for two centers. From today's point of view, of course, wrongly: both could never achieve more than 5 points per game for the Mavericks.

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Between 1985 and 1999, he played in the NBA in the jersey of the Detroit Pistons, with whom he won the NBA championship in 1989 and 1990. In 1989 he was honored as the MVP of the finals series. Dumars has been elected four times to the All-Defensive First team (1989, 1990, 1992, 1993) during his career, and six times to the Eastern Conference NBA All-Star team. In addition, Dumars was a member of the US team, which won the 1994 World Basketball Championship. From 2000 to 2014, Dumars served as Team President of Basketball Operations for the Pistons. He was responsible for building the championship team in 2004, for which he was honored with the NBA Executive of the Year Award. In 2006 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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