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Allan Houston
Allan Houston
Position: -
Born: 04/20/71
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:205 lbs. / 93 kg.
Earnings: $117,556,500 ($170,341,971*)
Cunningham hasn’t been with the Pistons long, but he’s already given glimpses of why he was considered the consensus No. 1 pick in a talented draft. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists during his lone season at Oklahoma State. He was one of college basketball’s best shooters and clutch scorers as a freshman, and commands the ball like a point guard. He earned First-Team All-Summer League honors last week. “I don’t want to get anyone mad at me, but I haven’t been this excited for a Pistons draft pick since Grant Hill,” Rose said. “And to show you how much I’m a Pistons fan, he got picked before me. I was happy that they had him, and Allan Houston. I was like, ‘they have a squad.’ I would’ve did that, too. I’m not saying that he is Grant Hill, I’m saying he reminds me of Grant Hill.
Against that backdrop, Saddiq Bey gave the Pistons enough good vibes to last the rest of February. Playing his first game in a city where the basketball ghosts have deep roots, Bey had a night that put him in the Pistons record book. Bey became the first Pistons rookie to score 30 points since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did it in 2014. Only two others in the last 30 years – Grant Hill and Allan Houston – are in that club. Bey’s seven triples were the most ever for a Pistons rookie, breaking a record he shared at six. “He played unbelievable,” said Delon Wright, who had a large hand in Friday’s improbable 108-102 win with 22 points, six rebounds and seven assists, hitting 7 of 9 shots and 7 of 8 free throws. “Come in here and go 7 for 7 from 3? Much needed.”
There is considerable pride in that team heritage, but pain in the present, which helps explain how that Knicks joke ended up in Soul. Kemp Powers, who wrote and directed the animated film, released in December, is a Brooklyn-raised Knicks fan who was born in 1973, the same year as his team’s last title. “I’ve literally got to live in a world, my entire life, in which the Knicks have never been champions,” says Kemp, who now lives in Los Angeles, surrounded by preening Lakers fans. “The Ewing years were great for me. Enjoyed the Pat Riley era. Enjoyed Allan Houston’s shot to knock the Heat out [in 1999]. But for the past 20 years, it has been an embarrassing team to be devoted to.”