25th anniversary of the Pistons' first championship of the modern era. Let's take advantage of an opportunity to talk about something other than this current team. Who are your top Pistons of the last 25 years. Me: Starting Lineup: C: Rasheed Wallace. .....He was never a center in the league, but at 6-11, 230lbs, he certainly could have been. The best low-post scorer we've ever had. The best low-post defender we've ever had (it was him, not Ben, who guarded Duncan in the '05 series---Ben's greatness was as a help-defender). He probably had about as nice an outside-to-mid-range game as Laimbeer. IMO, he was the real leader of the '04 squad. He was, arguably, the highest-IQ player we've ever had. And in spite of popular misconceptions, he was very coachable, and a great team-player---as Larry Brown once said, "Sheed's only weakness is that he cares too much." PF: Dennis Rodman. .....Hard to pick him over Ben, but I did. He was a superior rebounder to Ben, no argument there (and we might be talking about two of the greatest three rebounders in the history of basketball here). And while Ben was probably the superior defender overall (especially against bigger power forwards), Rodman was probably the more versatile. And when he was a Piston, before things started to fall apart, he was all team. SF: Grant Hill. .....People forget about just how great Grant Hill was. In his prime, he was probably the second-best perimeter player in the game next to Michael Jordan. Pretty easily, IMO, the most talented individual player we've had next to Isiah Thomas. Just a victim of poor circumstances. Great defensively. Great offensively. All the intangibles. Not a hard pick. SG: Richard Hamilton. .....This'll be a pick that a lot of posters disagree with. But man. Those two series in '04, the Pacers series and the Lakers series. For the most important half-month of his career, Richard Hamilton WAS the best player in the NBA. Anyone who disagrees either wasn't paying enough attention, or has a bad memory. Went head-to-head against Reggie Miller and Kobe Bryant back-to-back in their primes and totally outplayed both, in every facet of the game. Joe-D obviously was one of the greatest defensive guards of all-time, and a hell of a player offensively as well.. but he was never for any stretch of time the single greatest player in the league. Rip was. PG: Isiah Thomas. .....No explanation needed. Bench: C: B. Laimbeer .....There miiight be some arguments against his inclusion here. But I'd be on the other side of them. And his leadership is a big part of what makes him a no-brainer for me. PF: B. Wallace .....There'll be zero argument against him at least being on the bench. SF: J. Stackhouse .....Never played small forward in the league, but at 6-6, 218, he obviously could have. It shouldn't be forgotten how great he was either. I do believe he won a scoring title before being traded. Did Tay or Mark Aguirre ever even finish in the top 30 or 40 in scoring? SG: J. Dumars .....There'll be zero argument against him at least being on the bench. PG: C. Billups .....There'll be zero argument against him at least being on the bench. 11th: A. Drummond .....I'd go with him as my extra big man. It's real, real tough leaving an original bad boy off the roster in Mahorn. But Drummond's just that much more talented, isn't he? With three fours (Sheed, Ben, Rodman) and a poor athlete (Laimbeer) as your only bigs on the roster, an athletic true center like Dre would add some real value. 12th: T. Prince .....This was a tough call for me, too. Usually you'd look for an extra guard here--and the guy there would've been Vinnie Johnson. But in Stack and Grant you've already got a couple threes on the roster with two-guard (or point-forward) abilities; and in Dumars you've already essentially got a third point too. I decided to go with Tay here. It's hard, now, to remember how he was on a winning team--when he cared. He was a much different dude than we remember. Very valuable as a 12th man in that he's such an incredibly versatile defender (versatile offensively as well), and that he could fit in seamlessly and beneficially with almost any lineup combination. *Mark, Corliss, Vinnie and Rick are my "honorable mention" guys. HC: C. Daly .....Might get a Larry Brown enthusiast or two, but it's not a question to me.