Ever look back at previous drafts?
It can be mad fun, dashingly hilarious and quite humbling.
Sham at ShamSports recently began the task of pondering NBA drafts stretching as far back as 1994.
The amount of research and insaneness that goes into each draft Sham has put together is astounding (and insane).
Like, did you know that Corliss took a job as an assistant at Arkansas Baptist College? Or that Travis Best has played in professionally in Poland and Italy for the last two years?
Sham found that out.
So what does this have to do with Detroit?
Well, the 1995 draft is littered with players who at one point or another donned a Piston’s uni (no pun intended Mr. Reid)
The entire 1995 Draft post is here, featuring Stack, Theo, Dice, Smith, Sheed, Sura, and Roe.
Two of my favorites from the list,
- 19th pick: Randolph Childress (Detroit) – Childress’s NBA career was a bit woeful, totalling 51 games, 124 points, 33% shooting and three shoulder dislocations. He was waived in training camp 1997, after only two seasons in the league, and went to play in Turkey. After two high scoring years there, he signed in France for the 1999/00 season, but got injured early and didn’t play much. He spent the following season in Italy, Australia, and Switzerland of all places, before spending the next two seasons in Italy. Childress spent the 2003/04 season in France, then came back to Italy, and he has been there ever since. Last season, he played for Varese in the second division, and averaged 12.0 points and 4.8 assists per game.
- 58th pick: Don Reid (Detroit) – Reid managed the rare and special achievement of never playing outside of the NBA once he was drafted. He spent his first four years with the Pistons, was traded to Washington, partway through his fifth season, then spent two years with Orlando, before one final season with the Pistons in 2002/03. Reid didn’t play again after that, although the Pistons almost re-signed him in February 2005 when their pursuit of Dale Davis came to nothing. The last we heard of Don Reid was a report last September that said he was working out again in the hopes of getting a training camp contract, but, inevitably, he didn’t. Ask Denver, Don. They’ll sign anyone.