Ranking Joe Dumars' Worst Moves as Detroit Pistons GM

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Ranking Joe Dumars' Worst Moves as Detroit Pistons GM
Carlos Osorio

According to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars—a franchise legend who won a pair of championships in 1989 and 1990 manning the Bad Boys’ backcourt with Isiah Thomas—will resign from his post as early as this week.

For many who have suffered through the team’s rudderless mediocrity these past few seasons, Dumars’ resignation was a long time coming.

Indeed, there was a growing sense that Joe D had long since worn out all good will, fostered by a six-year stretch in which the Pistons reached four conference finals and a pair of NBA Finals, bringing home franchise’s third title in 2004.

In an attempt to skirt the period of irrelevance that robbed the Pistons of much of the 1990s, Dumars’ post-renaissance approach was to eschew a slow rebuild in lieu of risky trades and free-agent signings—a strategy that backfired spectacularly.

History will likely be much kinder to Dumars than his recent track record suggests. And rightly so. From Goodwill’s story:

[Stephen A. Smith and Steve Smith] agree, next to Jerry West, there hasn’t been a basketball figure as successful from the playing side to the executive side as Dumars — and he leaves behind an indelible mark on a segment of fans that won’t think of successful basketball in Detroit without him coming to mind.

But we’d be remiss to dismiss the plethora of shortsighted moves that have haunted the Pistons for going on half a decade—the bad gambles that left Detroit in a worse position than had they erred on the side of patience and prudence.

With that, let’s take a solemn, somber stroll through the worst moves of the Joe Dumars era.

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