Detroit Pistons: 10 biggest draft steals in Pistons’ history

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Detroit Pistons, Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas
Former Detroit Pistons Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Detroit Pistons’ draft steals #2: Joe Dumars

It was a tough call be between these last two guys but eventually Dumars lost out simply because he was taken in the first round with the 18th pick.

Dumars was one of the best two-guards of his era, a tenacious defender, lights-out shooter and the only guy who ever even “slowed” Michael Jordan.

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He was named one of the Top 50 Greatest NBA players of all-time, won two titles in Detroit and brought home another one as the GM.

His time in the front office didn’t end well, but that doesn’t sully his overall career with Detroit, which was one of the best in team history.

Detroit Pistons’ draft steals #1: Dennis Rodman

When I think of draft steals, Dennis Rodman is one that immediately comes to mind. He was taken in the second round in 1986, one year after the Pistons took Dumars, so it was a pretty good run for Pistons’ draft picks and shows how crucial the draft is to building a winner.

Rodman was a virtual unknown coming out of college but blossomed into one of the greatest rebounders and defenders of all time, a guy who won multiple titles in both Detroit and Chicago and was an important part of both teams.

You can argue about his personal life and off-the-court antics all you want but Rodman could literally defend any player in the NBA and did it while leading the league in rebounds for the better part of a decade.

It’s a tough call between him and Dumars and Rodman only gets the nod because he was taken later in the draft.

Bey and Stewart are signs that the Detroit Pistons are back to making solid draft picks, let’s just hope they are All-Stars for Detroit and not someone else.

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