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May 24, 1963 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Natchitoches Central
|College||McNeese State (1981–1985)|
|NBA draft||1985 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Pro playing career||1985–1999|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||16,401 (16.1 ppg)|
|Assists||4,612 (4.5 apg)|
|Steals||902 (0.9 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
Joe Dumars III (born May 24, 1963) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. At 6'3" (190 cm) Dumars could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly effective defender. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1985 until 1999. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dumars and Isiah Thomas combined to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history. Initially a shooting guard, Dumars moved to point guard following Thomas' retirement in 1994, sharing ball-handling duties with Grant Hill. Dumars was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Dumars served as the President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons from 2000 to 2014.
Dumars grew up in an athletic family, but basketball was not his favorite sport as a child. Football was more popular in the region and all five of his brothers were defensive standouts at Natchitoches Central High School. His brother David later played professional football in the USFL. Dumars followed in his brothers’ footsteps playing defensive back on the football team until junior high school when a big hit on the field directed him toward basketball. Big Joe built a hoop, made of an old bicycle wheel and half of a wooden door, in the Dumars' backyard where young Joe spent hours practicing his jump shot.
McNeese State University became the beneficiary of the bicycle hoop. During his four years in college, Dumars averaged 22.5 points per game, including 25.8 ppg as a senior – good for sixth in the nation. He finished his college career as the 11th leading scorer in NCAA history.
Drafted 18th overall in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft, he played guard for the Detroit Pistons for his entire career, from 1985 to 1999. He won two championships as a player in 1989 and 1990, and was voted the 1989 Finals MVP, averaging 27.3 points per game as the Pistons swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games. The following year, he won accolades during the Eastern Conference Finals when, with Dennis Rodman, he was a cornerstone of coach Chuck Daly's "Jordan Rules" defensive playbook, which forced the Chicago Bulls to change their offensive strategy to include less of Michael Jordan and more of the other members of the team. According to Jordan, Dumars was the best defender he ever faced in the NBA.
During his career, he was selected to the All-Star team six times, and to the All-Defensive first team four times. In 14 seasons, all with the Pistons, Dumars scored 16,401 points, handed out 4,612 assists, grabbed 2,203 rebounds and recorded 902 steals.
Although he was a member of the famed "Bad Boys" teams known for their aggressive play and demeanor, he became personally known for his quiet and upstanding behavior. He was the first recipient of the NBA Sportsmanship Award which has been named the Joe Dumars Trophy.
His number 4 jersey was retired by the Pistons in March 2000. He has the distinction as being the only Pistons player to ever wear this number.
NBA executive career
Dumars became the Pistons' President of Basketball Operations prior to the 2000–01 season. He was voted the league's Executive of the Year for the 2002–03 season and quietly went on to build the team that won the 2004 NBA Championship and became the 2005 NBA Eastern Conference Champions—doing so largely with players who had been discarded by other franchises. During the 2005–06 season, Detroit recorded its best regular-season record in franchise history (64–18). The Pistons made it to the Eastern Conference Finals six straight years (2003–2008) under Dumars' watch. This streak would come to an end in the 2008–09 season. The Pistons would get swept in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On April 14, 2014, the Detroit Pistons announced that Dumars would step down as President of Basketball Operations, yet remain as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team. During his 14 years as President, Dumars guided the organization to a 595–536 (.527) regular-season record, 73 playoff wins, six Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2003–08), six Central Division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships (2004, 2005), and the 2004 NBA Championship.
- Grant Hill, traded for Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace in 2000.
- Jerome Williams, traded for Corliss Williamson in 2001.
- Mateen Cleaves, traded for Jon Barry in 2001.
- Jud Buechler, traded for Clifford Robinson in 2001.
- Jerry Stackhouse, traded for Richard Hamilton in 2002.
- Michael Curry, traded for Lindsey Hunter in 2003.
- Zeljko Rebraca, Bob Sura, Chucky Atkins, Lindsey Hunter and two first round picks, traded for Rasheed Wallace and Mike James in 2004; Hunter would return to the team a week later.
- Elden Campbell and a first round draft pick, traded for Carlos Arroyo in 2005; Campbell would return to the team later that season.
- Nazr Mohammed for Primož Brezec and Wálter Herrmann in 2007.
- Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb traded for Allen Iverson on November 3, 2008; McDyess would return to the team one month later.
- Arron Afflalo, Walter Sharpe, and cash to the Denver Nuggets for a 2011 2nd round draft pick (Vernon Macklin)
Notable draft picks
- Mehmet Okur in the second round with the 38th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
- Tayshaun Prince in the first round with the 23rd overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft.
- Darko Milicic in the first round with the 2nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
- Carlos Delfino in the first round with the 25th overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft.
- Jason Maxiell in the first round with the 26th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
- Rodney Stuckey in the first round with the 15th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
- Arron Afflalo in the first round with the 27th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.
- Jonas Jerebko in the second round with the 39th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
- Greg Monroe in the first round with the 7th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
- Brandon Knight in the first round with the 8th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
- Andre Drummond in the first round with the 9th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
- Josh Smith
- Chauncey Billups
- Will Bynum
- Ben Gordon
- Tracy McGrady
- Antonio McDyess
- Chris Webber
- Larry Brown (coach)
- Rick Carlisle (coach)
- Flip Saunders (coach)
- Lawrence Frank (coach)
Dumars was majority owner as well as CEO and President of Detroit Technologies for approximately 10 years. Founded by Dumars in 1996, DTI is an automotive supply company. He sold off his interest in the company in 2006 to pursue other business interests and focus on his role as Pistons' President of Basketball Operations. Dumars oversaw a joint venture deal in 2006 Between Detroit Technologies and TSI.
The 'Joe Dumars Fieldhouse,, an indoor sports and entertainment facility, has two locations in the Metro-Detroit area: in Shelby Township at M-59 and Mound Road and in Detroit at the State Fairgrounds. In an interview with DBusiness magazine (link below), Dumars stated he was in talks to expand the fieldhouses to other states.
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career free throw scoring leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Joe Dumars at DatabaseBasketball.com
- Joe Dumars at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Joe Dumars Historical Biography
- Joe Dumars Career Stats
- Complete list of transactions as Pistons GM