Now that it appears Richard "Rip" Hamilton's time has come to an end with the Detroit Pistons, at least his playing days, that is. I figure it is time for us Pistons fans to look back on how much he has accomplished with the team, especially what he has done in the playoffs.
Since being acquired in a six-player trade from the Washington Wizards on September 11, 2002, Hamilton, the No. seven overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, has been a mainstay through the team's six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2003-08).
During his nine seasons with the team, he has averaged under 17 PPG just once. For his career, he has shot 45.0% from the floor, 85.2% from the free-throw line and has helped Detroit to two NBA Finals appearances, including a championship in 2004.
The ranking of these performances is, of course, based upon Hamilton's play, but also on the importance of the games.
For example, scoring 25 points in a victory in the Eastern Conference Finals or the NBA Finals is viewed as being more important than a 35-point performance in a loss.