Toughest guy Joe Dumars guarded not named Jordan? Reggie Lewis.
Because his life and career was cut down in its prime, you can forget just how great an offensive player Reggie Lewis was. The Celtics swingman averaged 20.8 points a game the final two years of his career.
Joe Dumars didn’t forget.
The now Pistons GM sat down with Zach Lowe of Grantland for a Q&A, mostly to talk about Detroit’s offseason (more coming on that in a future post), but Zach ended it with a great fan question:
Who was the toughest guy Dumars ever had to guard not named Michael Jordan?
Lewis died at age 27 of a heart condition, at the peak of his career. If you didn’t know about him, you should read the fantastic piece Jackie MacMullan did at ESPN about him recently.
And you can watch this.