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The Detroit Pistons finally have people talking.

Last month I was driving around Troy, Michigan listening to the Karsch and Anderson show on the radio. Usually, in February they aren’t talking about Custom Detroit Pistons Jerseys anything sports-related, but this day was different.

Derrick Rose was gone, Dennis Smith Jr was in. The news was interesting and unexpected, as he was an asset I failed to consider.

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Smith was not a player I had given much Cheap Derrick Rose Jersey thought to. At NC State he was one of the most fun and explosive players in the NCAA, and I liked him entering the draft, but since he had Cheap Jerami Grant Jersey largely been forgotten.

His career got off to a rocky and slow start. He spent two and half seasons in New York, and his numbers dropped. However, could Detroit be the Cheap Dennis Smith Jr. Jersey place for a rebirth for the high-flying highlight maker?

I say yes.

Detroit Pistons: Starter or role player? Smith can be a contributor
Smith Jr. is probably not headed to Cheap Killian Hayes Jersey the Hall of Fame in ten years but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a solid contributor or even more.

Let’s look at the stat lines. Over his stint with the Knicks, he averaged under nine points on about 37 percent shooting. Not great.

But what could he do if put in the right situation? The Knicks are not known for developing young talent (sorry Kevin Knox and Frank Ntilikina fans), so the black hole of Manhattan was not the ideal environment.

Hit the rewind button.

In his rookie year with Dallas, Smith was one of the primary ball handlers. He put good numbers: 15 points, five assists, four rebounds, and a steal in 30 minutes of play. Two notable players put up similar numbers in their rookie year: Ja Morant (18pts/4reb/7ast) and Russell Westbrook (15pts/5reb/5ast).

It is not realistic to say that Smith will be as good of a player as those two. One is an emerging superstar and one may end up in the Hall of Fame. It is an incredibly high ceiling. But if Smith gets anywhere close to those numbers, Cheap Dennis Smith Jersey the trade will have been well worth it.

Smith has had a rough couple of years, but already his numbers are up since joining the Detroit Pistons. He has shot 35 percent from 3-point range (still not great) and has added a defensive element the Pistons were missing on the perimeter.

If Killian Hayes lives up to his draft pick and Smith even comes close to his ceiling, the Pistons could have one of the better young backcourts in the East.

Smith is on the final year of his contract and can probably be re-signed to a team-friendly deal, so if he ends up bottoming out as a pine rider, it won’t cost the Pistons much, so for a guy with his potential it is a risk worth taking.

I’ve watched some of Smith’s highlights from Dallas and NC State, and I think he could be a solid starter or Sixth Man of the Year contender, which is not a bad ceiling for a guy that the Detroit Pistons did not have to give up much to get.

It can’t be ruled out that he still has the potential to grow into a legitimate star, but realistically he’ll be a solid and flashy guard for years to come. I’ll miss Derrick Rose, but it was a good trade.

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As the Indiana Pacers celebrate being awarded the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, most won’t realize this will be the third time Indiana has hosted the event.

For one night almost 65 years years ago, Fort Wayne was the capital of the sports world.

Perhaps the biggest sporting event the city has ever hosted happened Jan. 13, 1953, when the third annual NBA All-Star Game was played at Memorial Coliseum. A then-record crowd of 10,340 topped the previous mark of 10,094 Stitched Detroit Pistons Jerseys set two years before during the first all-star game in Boston.

“My favorite memory is that it certainly placed Fort Wayne as a major-league operation in basketball even though it was a small city,” said former Fort Wayne Pistons General Manager Carl Bennett. “It gave Fort Wayne a tremendous Cheap Andy Phillip Jersey boost in the eyes of the basketball world. We weren’t just a little hick town.”

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With a population of approximately 135,000 at the time, Fort Wayne was the smallest city in the league. Pistons owner Fred Zollner paid about $18,000 for a chance to show off the new Memorial Coliseum.

“Fred Zollner had a lot of influence in the league,” said 1953 Milwaukee all-star and later Piston Mel Hutchins. “He put up a lot of money to Cheap Larry Foust Jersey keep some of the teams going, including Milwaukee. He also treated the ballplayers very well.”

“There was also the new building and that was another reason for it,” said Minneapolis and West coach John Kundla. “From then on, they started moving it to different cities.”

Unfortunately, some people believe that all-star game also marked the start of Fort Wayne’s downfall in the league. The next year, the league started a national television contract with Dumont, a deal that was reached during meetings in Fort Wayne.

“At the time, they were starting to think of larger cities, and television frankly was the key factor in removal of the small markets,” former Pistons publicity director and News-Sentinel sportswriter Phil Olofson said.

The game itself featured 14 future Hall of Famers, including greats Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, George Mikan, Ed Macauley Cheap Mel Hutchins Jersey and Vern Mikkelsen. The Pistons were represented by Andy Phillip and Larry Foust.

The game was also historic because Don Barksdale became the first African American to play in an NBA All-Star Game.

Barksdale was used to breaking barriers, as he was the first consensus African-American All-America player while at UCLA and later became the first African American to play on the United States Olympic basketball team, earning a gold medal in 1948.

“He was a good ballplayer,” Mikkelsen said. “We weren’t surprised he was playing because he belonged to be there. We weren’t sitting around making a big deal about it.”

At the time, Barksdale was one of four African-American players in the NBA along with Chuck Cooper, Sweetwater Clifton and Earl Lloyd. Ironically, Lloyd became the first African American to play in an NBA game on Oct. 31, 1950, and during that same week Cooper and Clifton both made their NBA debuts on different nights in Fort Wayne.

Barksdale scored one point, pulled down three rebounds and passed two assists in the all-star game.

With the sellout crowd and a first-of-its-kind pre-game luncheon, the event was a big success.

“We wanted to make a huge showing, and frankly one of the main reasons was to keep the team in Fort Wayne and make the league recognize Fort Wayne was a good market even though it was a small town,” Olofson said. “I seriously believe we could have sold another 1,000 or more tickets if we had them.”

Though the game itself didn’t start until 8 p.m., cars on Coliseum Boulevard were backed up six blocks an hour and 20 minutes before the opening tip. Among those attending were the full rosters of the Minneapolis Lakers, Boston Celtics and the Pistons.

The game also received great interest from across the country. Zollner sent his plane out at 4 a.m. the day of the game to pick up sportswriters in New York, Boston and Rochester. In all, there were 73 scribes detailing the action, 14 radio stations and seven newsreel cameras.

“To make it even more of an attraction, that game was exceptional,” Olofson said. “Even the sportswriters from out of town said it was the best so far.”

The West won 79-75 as Mikan was named the Most Valuable Player after scoring 22 points and grabbing 16 rebounds. Phillip set up Mikkelson on the two baskets that decided the game.

According to the book “The Zollner Piston Story,” the national media raved about Fort Wayne.

“There may be as good an all-star game in the future,” wrote Ike Gellis of the New York Post, “but the third one staged here last night will never be surpassed.”

Matt Jackson of the Rochester Times-Union reported, “It was a Hollywood production, big league from start to finish. Anyone who inherits next year’s All-Star contest will find it like singing after Caruso to match the efforts of the hard-working Zollner crew. Not a trick was missed in presenting the world’s greatest basketball stars to the record turnout.

“It was the greatest shot in the arm professional basketball has had since the inception of the sport. Every player lived up to all the glowing advance reports.”

Madison Square Garden operator and New York Knicks Owner Ned Irish was quoted as saying, “I don’t know if we want it next year. I don’t think we can do as great a job as Fort Wayne did.”

But they did, drawing 16,487 for the first all-star overtime game.

A few years later, after the 1956-57 season, the Pistons left Fort Wayne for Detroit.

“The league did nothing to encourage Fort Wayne to stay and did everything to encourage Fred Zollner to move to a larger market,” Olofson said. “Unfortunately, over the long haul, Fort Wayne could not support major-league basketball.”

Bennett doesn’t see it quite that way.

“I don’t think it was so much the pressure of moving because we were from a small city as it was an opportunity for Fred to move his team to a big city where he did a lot of his business,” Bennett said. “It was the right move because our Fort Wayne people could not support and did not support that many games. We never would have been able to hold on in Fort Wayne like Green Bay in football.”

During their last two seasons in Fort Wayne, the Pistons averaged 4,745 and 3,859 fans.

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The Detroit Pistons are a storied franchise, unfortunately, many of those stories take place longer ago than we’d care to admit. Since the 2000 season, Detroit has had 17 all-star game bids across eight players. Some of these stars spent only short and unimportant stints in Detroit, while others forged hall of fame careers in the Palace.

Since this week is without regularly scheduled basketball, and since the Detroit Pistons are not represented at All-Star Weekend, let’s Detroit Pistons Jerseys China look back on the glory days.

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This list will rank all eight players on their time in Detroit. Any accolades or accomplishments outside of their time in Detroit are Cheap Allen Iverson Jersey totally irrelevant.

Detroit Pistons’ All Stars: No. 8 Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson was not The Answer in Detroit. In less than a season, he put up decent numbers, nothing special considering his career, and caused a lot of problems.

His massive ego allowed him to think he was still a superstar that a team should build around, and Detroit was not the fit Cheap Jerry Stackhouse Jersey he thought he needed, and he was not the fit the Pistons knew they needed. Thanks but no thanks.

If you only play 54 games for the team, last place is where you belong.

Detroit Pistons’ All Stars: No. 7 Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse came close to winning rings with Detroit, Dallas, and Miami. In Detroit, Stackhouse was a pretty big-time scorer who didn’t accomplish much, individually or as part of a team.

He actually wasn’t actively bad like Iverson was, he deserved his 2001 All-Star nod, but outside of a few very good years, he was just a better-than-average journeyman.

He was the anti to the Go to Work Pistons that followed. Not a lot of defense, and inefficient scoring, although the offensive numbers weren’t bad.

Detroit Pistons’ All Stars: No. 6 Blake Griffin
Blake Griffin may be remembered as the best LA Clipper the franchise has ever seen, but this list is about Detroit. His first full season on the Pistons gave him his only All-Star nomination, and one could argue that it was Cheap Blake Griffin Jersey the most well-rounded season of his career.

The transition to Detroit saw the high-flying dunker turn into a more back-you-down, knockdown jump shot scorer. He also became a veteran leader on a playoff team, although age took its toll and Griffin has been steadily declining up until his buyout, which mercifully saved the Detroit Pistons some future cap space.