John Long (basketball)

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John Long
John Long in 2011.jpg
Long at the dedication of Dick Vitale Court at the University of Detroit Mercy's Calihan Hall in 2011.
Personal information
Born (1956-08-28) August 28, 1956 (age 60)
Romulus, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Romulus (Romulus, Michigan)
College Detroit (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 1978–1997
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Number 25, 34
Career history
19781986 Detroit Pistons
19861989 Indiana Pacers
1989 Detroit Pistons
1989–1990 Atlanta Hawks
1990–1991 Tours Joué Basket (France)
1991 Detroit Pistons
1994 Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)
1996–1997 Toronto Raptors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 12,131 (13.6 ppg)
Rebounds 2,492 (2.8 rpg)
Steals 912 (1.0 spg)
Stats at

John Eddie Long (born August 28, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player.

After starring at the University of Detroit, the 6’ 5” (1.96 m) shooting guard was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 1978 NBA draft. The move was largely influenced by Dick Vitale, who coached Long at UD before going to the Pistons. He played eight seasons for the Pistons, and he averaged a career-high 21.9 points per game in 1981–82. Long was the original backcourt partner to point guard Isiah Thomas before Joe Dumars was drafted.

After Dumars was named the starter, Long later played for the Indiana Pacers, where he was backed up by Reggie Miller before playing for the Atlanta Hawks. After playing overseas and in the minor leagues for several years, Long signed with the Toronto Raptors for one season, and he retired in 1997 with 12,131 career points. At the time, the 41-year-old Long was the second oldest player in the NBA behind Robert Parish, who was 43.

Two of John Long's nephews, Terry Mills and Grant Long, also played in the NBA. The nephews were teammates in Detroit during the 1996-1997 season. All three men played 2 seasons or more for the Detroit Pistons.[1] He is currently a radio analyst for the Pistons.


  1. ^ RELATIVES IN THE NBL, NPBL, PBLA, BAA, NBA & ABA - compiled by John Grasso, Robert Bradley and Ray LeBov

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