4 Best Players to Spend Just 1 Season with the Pistons
#3 Chris Webber
Chris Webber’s time as a Piston was an exciting one, as for the city of Detroit it was a case of the prodigal son returning home. Webber dominated both the amateur and pro ranks yet was unable to win a championship after leaving Detroit Country Day, where he won three MHSAA championships. Despite never quite reaching such heights again, in either the NCAA or NBA, he still had a Hall-of-Fame career.
Webber’s list of professional accolades is a long one that includes being the 1st overall pick of the 1993 draft, becoming Rookie-of-the-Year, and making five all-star teams. He bounced around a bit in the NBA but found a second home in Sacramento, where he spent seven seasons with the Kings. He played his best basketball there, scoring a career-high 27.1 ppg in 2000-01 when he finished 4th in the league’s MVP voting. The following season, Webber led the Kings to the NBA’s best regular season record, and then to the Western Conference Finals.
Webber averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds over the course of a 15-year career. At the tail end of that career, Webber played 43 games for the Detroit Pistons. While he was no longer the game-changer he used to be, it was still an exciting time for him personally as well as for the fans of the team. There was no storybook ending, but seeing Webber suit up as a Piston was a dream come true in and of itself.
C-Webb actually did manage to make a meaningful playoff contribution to the Pistons, which is what made the chapter all the more surreal. He played in 16 playoff games in the spring of 2007, helping the Pistons reach the Eastern Conference Finals by tallying 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 25+ minutes a night.
Webber was snake-bitten by injuries and plain old bad luck, but he is still one of the best forwards to ever play the game.