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John Eddie Long (born August 28, 1956, in Romulus, Michigan) is a retired American professional basketball player.

After starring at the University of Detroit, the 6’5” (1.96 m) shooting guard was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 1978 NBA Draft. The move was largely influenced by Dick Vitale, who coached Long at UD before going to the Pistons. He played eight seasons for the Pistons, and he averaged a career-high 21.9 points per game in 1981-82. Long was the original backcourt partner to point guard Isiah Thomas before Joe Dumars was drafted.

After Dumars was named starter, Long later played for the Indiana Pacers, where he was backed-up by a young Reggie Miller before playing for the Atlanta Hawks. After a five year hiatus, Long signed with the Toronto Raptors for one season, and he retired in 1997 with 12,131 career points.

Two of John Long's nephews, Terry Mills and Grant Long, also played in the NBA.[1]


  1. ^ RELATIVES IN THE NBL, NPBL, PBLA, BAA, NBA & ABA - compiled by John Grasso, Robert Bradley and Ray LeBov

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