5 Detroit Pistons’ role players who will never be forgotten

Will Bynum #12 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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06/10/1990; Portland, Oregon USA; Pistons” Isiah Thomas, Vinnie Johnson and Joe Dumars and Trailblazers’ Clyde Drexler waiting for play to begin during game three of the 1990 NBA Finals at The Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: William Archie -Detroit Free Press /

Detroit Pistons: 5 unforgettable role players

The Best 6th Man of All Time

Vinnie Johnson

Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson played 10 seasons for the Detroit Pistons, and is not only the team’s greatest 6th Man of all time, but arguably one of the greatest in NBA history.

Johnson was a mid-range bucket back when teams dared to shoot them, a guy who put up double digits off the bench for seven straight seasons in Detroit, including some of the biggest clutch shots in team history as part of two title teams.

One of the more underrated parts of Johnson’s game was his durability, as he played all 82 games seven times for the Pistons. His first season Johnson came over in a trade from Seattle, and in the other two he played 79, and 78 games, so Johnson missed just seven games total in nine full seasons in Detroit.

But Johnson will most be known for his scoring outbursts in the playoffs, including hitting the game winner that clenched the second title.

Johnson set the tone for what a role player can be, showing that you don’t have to be in the starting lineup to be a star.

All of these players were unforgettable in their own way and make up part of the Pistons’ great legacy of role players.

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