John Long (basketball)
August 28, 1956 |
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Romulus (Romulus, Michigan)|
|NBA draft||1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 29th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|1990–1991||Tours Joué Basket (France)|
|1994||Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA)|
|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 Basketball-Reference.com|
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. He is currently a radio analyst for the Pistons.
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