Induction Year: 2003
A six-time NBA All-Star, Joe Dumars averaged 16.1 points per game during a 14-year career with the Detroit Pistons (1985-99). The Natchitoches native was named MVP of the 1989 NBA Finals after averaging 27.3 points in a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, giving the Pistons the first of two consecutive league championships.
He was all-NBA three times, including a second-team selection after averaging a career-best 23.5 points per game in 1992-93. A four-time NBA all-defensive selection, including three times on the first team, the McNeese State product was the first winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award, which is now named the Joe Dumars Trophy, in 1996.
He is the Pistons’ all-time leader in three-point field goals made (990) and second in points (16,401), assists (4,612) and steals (902). A 6-foot-3 shooting guard drafted by the Pistons in the first round in 1985, he was a two-time Southland Conference scoring champion at McNeese (26.4 ppg as a junior, 25.8 as a senior) and the SLC Player of the Year and a second-team All-America in 1984-85.
In 2013, the Southland Conference, as part of its year-long 50th Anniversary commemoration, named Dumars the Men's Basketball Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
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