Kevin Pelton, a staff writer for ESPN, has released his rankings for the top 10 backcourts in the modern NBA, and the Detroit Pistons were included in a big way.
The obvious selection for the list was the backcourt of Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Though the dynamic duo that won back-to-back championships did not claim the top spot, they were No. 4. Here is what Pelton had to say about the greatest backcourt in Pistons history:
"No guard teammates combined for more All-Star appearances together than Dumars and Thomas, who are both Hall of Famers. Subjectively, those honors plus a pair of titles would put them near the very top of most backcourt rankings. Dumars doesn't score as well by WARP, though, and that costs Detroit's duo on this list."
Joining Thomas and Dumars on the list are Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, who came in at No. 10. Billups and Hamilton won a championship together in 2004 and are two of the most beloved players in Pistons history. Here is what Pelton had to say about "Mr. Big Shot" and "Rip":
"Like their Detroit predecessors, Billups and Hamilton fare better in terms of All-Star appearances (Dumars/Thomas was the only other backcourt where both players were All-Stars at least three times while playing together) and titles (one, in 2004) than advanced stats. Hamilton's game, which depended heavily on midrange jumpers and featured few box-score contributions besides points, hasn't held up well in this regard."
What do you think Nation, should Thomas and Dumars be ranked higher than No. 4? Are Billups and Hamilton deserving of their No. 10 ranking? Who are the greatest NBA backcourts in NBA history?