I read an article yesterday about retired jerseys across the NBA, and whom had potential to be retired. The Pistons section was a bit large. It said for sure Chauncey and Big Ben, possibly Tay, Rip, and Sheed, and maybe down the line the Moose. To quote:
If you’re counting from the “Already Retired” list, that’s five of the Bad Boy Pistons of the late ’80s and early ’90s who’ve seen their numbers lifted to the rafters in Detroit. Could the starting five of the championship-winning, six-straight-conference-finals-appearing mid-’00s Pistons be in for similar honors?
It’s possible, but not guaranteed — the only two that seem sure things to me are Chauncey Billups, who has the Finals MVP on his resume and whose departure in 2008 triggered the Fall of the Detroit Empire, and Ben Wallace, who was arguably the key player on that ’04 championship team, has four All-Star appearances and four Defensive Player of the Year awards to his credit, and who even returned to Detroit to help see the team through through some leaner years.
Of the other three, Rip Hamilton’s No. 32 probably has the best shot — he was the team’s leading scorer and primary offensive option for most of their contending years — but his chances are hurt a little by the acrimonious way in which his Detroit tenure ended, with Rip phoning in the last year or two of his stay, playing a part in that player walkout mess of last season, and ultimately being waived by the team. It’s a similar story for ‘Sheed, whose arrival in midseason 2004 was the final piece of the puzzle for the Pistons, but who had the shortest time in Detroit of the core ’04ers (just over five seasons), and who was increasingly unmotivated towards the end of his stay, eventually finishing out his career with the rival Celtics. Tayshaun has no such PR blemishes for his Pistons career, but doesn’t quite have the resume of the others, being the only of the five to never appear in an All-Star Game.
Still, you’d think all five have at least a 50/50 shot at retirement (and I’d guess they all go up eventually, maybe at the same time?), which is certainly more than you could say for anyone else currently on the Pistons roster — though keep 2/3 of an eye on Greg Monroe and/or Rodney Stuckey, perhaps.
Who do you guys think deserve a jersey retirement? I don't disagree with any of what was said; I don't know what would be publicly acceptable as to when to retire them, but Big Ben for sure would be the soonest, followed by Chauncey, and I think Rip after the memory of him being a cancer in the locker room is mainly faded. And maybe Tay if god forbid he retires here. Way too early to speculate Mooseness though.
Now your thoughts.