Quick Fact About Joe Dumars
|Full Name||Joe Dumars III|
|Born||24 May 1963 (59 years)|
|Height||6ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Position||Shooting/ Point Guard|
Who is Joe Dumars?
Joe Dumars is an American basketball star excutive as well as a former player who is the executive vice president and head of basketball operation of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He used to play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly effective defender. Joe played for a fourteen-year career with the Detroit Pistons.
Joe Dumars’s Early Life.
Joe was born in 1963, in Natchitoches where he began his football career as a child, following in the footsteps of his brothers. However, after being roughed up in junior high, Joe decided to pursue basketball, which proved to be a wise decision. Joe was able to secure pick-up games with nearby Northwestern State University students in eighth grade. His favorite basketball player as a kid was Julius Irving, whom he got to play against in his second NBA season and Irving’s final. While Joe felt he was better at football, he excelled at basketball because he could play it alone.
Joe recalls his parents requiring certain behaviors, such as common courtesy as well as respect for others, as the youngest of seven children, and he always considered his parents to be heroes. He was raised by a custodian and a truck driver. Joe walked with his siblings to and from elementary school in southern Louisiana, where he first discovered his love of reading. Moreover, he remains an enthusiastic reader of all subjects. His basketball talent blossomed along with his reading as well as by the time he reached high school, he was a solid team player.
How Joe Dumars’s NBA Dream Came True?
Joe quickly gained attention for his offensive abilities, by the 1988-89 season, the Pistons had advanced to the NBA Finals, where he, wearing number 4, was largely responsible for the team’s 1989 championship victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. In Los Angeles, Joe went into overdrive, winning the third game for the Pistons in which he scored 17 points in a row, never missing, during the third quarter. Viewers kept expecting him to miss, and it was terrifying that he never did. He averaged 27.3 points per game on 58% shooting from the field as Detroit swept the series in four straight games. This was Detroit’s first NBA championship, and Joe was named Most Valuable Player. To win the NBA title, the Pistons needed someone to step up on offense to help Isiah Thomas, and that someone turned out to be Joe. Furthermore, the Pistons were dubbed “The Bad Boys” after that, though Joe often played without the fame and glory that some of his teammates did, much to the chagrin of his teammates.
Joe and the Pistons, no longer underestimated, won another league championship in 1989-90, this time against Portland, with Isiah Thomas leading the way. He was no longer just a defensive player; he also demonstrated offensive talent and firepower. As an established star, Joe once again excelled in scoring and defense, assisting the Pistons to their second championship, earning Joe a spot on the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Joe tied the record for the most 3-pointers in a regular NBA season with Brian Shaw of Orlando with ten 3-pointers in a November game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1994; he won a gold medal as captain of the Dream Team at the 1994 World Championship; and, in 1995, he again tied the NBA record with seven 3-pointers in one half of an April game against the Orlando Magic. According to the New York Times, “Joe draws praise from the opposition wherever he goes Cleveland center Brad Daugherty stated that Joe is the heart and soul of the team and that there is no other player he would rather have on his side, Joe is more of a player’s player than a fan favorite or a news-media celebrity, and that was fine with him.” His immediate peer group consists of his Detroit Pistons team.
Joe finished sixth in the country with 26.4 average points per game in 1984, and he is still ranked among the top 20 all-time college scorers. By 1995, he had appeared in five NBA All-Star games and four times on the NBA All-Defensive Team, appearing in 762 games from 1985 to 1995 and making nearly 85% of his 3,391 attempted free throws. Joe scored 13,079 points in that ten-year span, averaging 17.2 points per game and exceeding 23 points per game in the 1992-1993 season. Moreover, Adrian Dantley, Joe’s friend, mentor, and former Pistons player had a falling out with Isiah Thomas and eventually left the Pistons. Joe believes he and Dantley share values such as hard work, discipline, positive actions, and taking care of one’s health. Joe, who used to call home once a day before his father died in the spring of 1990, now calls his mother 2-3 times a day.
Beyond the NBA
Joe has shared his success with thousands of others in addition to the time he devotes to the game. Joe is known as one of the most charitable sports figures, with his Second Harvest program collecting food from Detroit area donors for needy families and an annual summer basketball camp for disabled children. In 1993, Joe established the Joe Dumars Foundation to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. He has hosted the Joe Dumars Celebrity Tennis Classic on behalf of this foundation since 1993, attracting tennis pros and raising more than $400,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Joe’s own recreational tennis playing led to this charitable event. Every year, he hosts a luncheon for 100 Detroit-area students who have excelled in school.
For about ten years, Joe was the majority owner and the CEO and President of Detroit Technologies. Detroit Technologies, founded in 1996 by Joe, is an automotive supply company. He sold his stake in the company in 2006 to pursue other business interests and concentrate on his role as president of basketball operations for the Pistons. Furthermore, Joe is the founder and owner of the Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, a Shelby Township and Detroit indoor sports and entertainment facility.
Joe Dumars’s Awards & Honor
- In 1989, 1990 Member NBA Championship Teams.
- He was named MVP of the 1989 NBA finals after averaging 27.3 points a game.
- Tri-captained 1989 Dream Team II at the 1994 World Championships.
- Fourth on the Piston’s all-time scoring list with 13,872 points at end of the 1995-1996 season.
- In 1990-93 five-time NBA All-Star and Pistons captain; member NBA All-Star Team.
- In 1989-90, 1992, and 1993 member of the NBA Defensive First Team.
- In 1991,1993 member NBA All-Defensive Second Team
- In 1990, 1991 member NBA All-Third Team.
- In 1986 member NBA All-Rookie Team.
- In 1985 member Sporting News NCAA All-America 2nd team.
- In 1994 Recipient Citizenship Award.
- In 1996 Recipient of the first NBA Sportsmanship Award
Joe Dumars Parents
Joe is the son of Ophelie who was a custodian at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches while his father Joe Dumar Jr was a truck driver.
Joe Dumars Kids
Joe had two kids: Aren and Jordan.
Joe Dumars Spouse
Joe is married to Debbie Dumars
Joe Dumars’s Net Worth
Joe has an estimated net worth of $10 Million
Joe Dumars Salary
Joe has a salary of $20 million.