Isiah L. Thomas
Isiah Thomas ranks as one of the best small guards in basketball history. At 6-foot-1, Thomas was known for his willingness to attack the basket. While his cool, collected demeanor masked an intense desire to win, he also brought scoring, passing, and flair to the game. An All-America at Indiana University, Thomas led the Hoosiers to a 47-17 record. During his illustrious thirteen-year NBA career, Thomas brought prominence back to Detroit, making the Pistons one of the league's elite teams. The 1982 NBA Rookie of the Year, Thomas led the Pistons to consecutive championships in 1989 and 1990 was named MVP of the 1990 Finals. The undisputed leader of the "Bad Boys," he played in twelve All-Star games and was named MVP in 1984 and 1986. Among Detroit's all-time leading scorers (18,822) and assist-holders (9,061), Thomas was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.