ChatGPT ranking Detroit Pistons players by position: Small Forwards

Arron Afflalo #28, Tayshaun Prince #22 and Walter Herrmann #5 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Arron Afflalo #28, Tayshaun Prince #22 and Walter Herrmann #5 of the Detroit Pistons (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

We’re continuing our series of asking ChatGPT to rank the top players from each position in the Detroit Pistons’ history. So far, we have gone through point guards and shooting guards, reviewing the rankings at each position. This week, we asked ChatGPT to rank all small forwards who have played for Detroit. Let’s take a look at the list the AI Bot was able to come up with.

This week, we asked ChatGPT to rank the top five small forwards in Detroit Pistons’ history. This is what it came up with.

"“The Detroit Pistons have had some talented small forwards throughout their history. Here are five of the top small forwards who have made notable contributions to the Pistons:1. Tayshaun Prince – Tayshaun Prince is often regarded as one of the best small forwards in Pistons history. He played a key role in the team’s championship run in 2004, known for his stellar defense and versatility on the court.2. Grant Hill – Grant Hill, although primarily known as a point forward, spent a significant portion of his career playing at the small forward position for the Pistons. During his time in Detroit, Hill was a dominant force, earning multiple All-Star selections and showcasing his well-rounded skills.3. Dennis Rodman – While Dennis Rodman is primarily remembered for his rebounding and defensive prowess, he also played small forward during his early years with the Pistons. Rodman’s intensity, energy, and ability to disrupt opponents made him a valuable asset for the team.4. Bob Lanier – Bob Lanier was a skilled big man who occasionally played at small forward for the Pistons. He was a consistent scorer and rebounder, earning multiple All-Star selections and leaving a lasting impact on the franchise.5. Tobias Harris – Although his tenure with the Pistons was relatively short compared to others on this list, Tobias Harris had a productive stint as a small forward for Detroit. Known for his scoring ability, Harris provided offensive firepower during his time with the team.”"

Our Thoughts

ChatGPT’s list of Detroit’s top small forwards is extremely top heavy, in my opinion. The top three players on this list have garnered immense respect among the NBA community. Tayshaun Prince, Grant Hill and Dennis Rodman come in as one, two and three with stats and awards a mile long. Hill was named to the All-Rookie Team and co-Rookie of the Year in 1994, a 7x All-Star, and named All-NBA First Team in 1997. Tayshaun Prince had 4 All-Defense team nods and was able to complete what Hill couldn’t, winning a Championship in ‘04. Finally, during his time in Detroit, Rodman was a 2x NBA Champion, 2x All Star, All NBA Third team, 2x Defensive Player of the Year, and 5x NBA All-Defensive team. The three of these are absolutely elite company.

Where the surprise comes is at number five. Tobias Harris cracking the Pistons’ all-time small forward is crazy, due to his limited time spent in Detroit. Stan Van Gundy traded for Harris from Orlando during the 2015-2016 season, and then was traded to the Clippers just three years later. Not only was Tobias’ best career year not during his time with Detroit, he has never made an All Star team, nor any All-NBA teams. To be named on ChatGPT’s all time list for Detroit was extremely surprising.

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