#3 on my Forgotten Pistons list…
#24 Tremaine Fowlkes-
Tremaine was the thirteenth man on the 04 Championship squad (Fowlkes on the left in black), sort of like being Snow White’s eighth dwarf. Except Tremaine was fortunate enough to get a ring out of the deal (though not a mention on the championship shirt I own). Meanwhile, who the eighth dwarf should be is still being mulled over by bawdy internet types.
Tremaine is the first of our Forgotten Pistons selections to actually suit up for another NBA team following his stay in Detroit, although, Detroit was kinda the reason he even got the opportunity. Remember the Palace Brawl with Indy, well, it really decimated Indy’s roster and Fowlkes and two others were given pro-rated one year contracts to “fill in”. For that he gets mad respect from me, but all in all, there’s not much else to respect about his Detroit stint, or his overall career for that matter. I’m not being negative, just straight talkin’. Come on, what else can you say when the guy is considered to be a poor man’s Ronald Dupree. Just look at the stats (I did, somewhat regrettably) and you will see Tremaine’s most productive season doesn’t even touch Dupree’s most stellar season of 6.2 ppg, 3.6 rbs, and 19 min in 47 games (8 starts) with the Bulls in 03/04. Granted, the Bulls did play 21 different players during that season, including starting Sidney Deane and Billy Hoyle a handful of games.
Tremaine might not have been worth much, but he probably dunked on Darko a fair amount of times in practice, and you know what, that’s good enough for me. Just get use to the fact that there are a few dozen poor man’s Ronald Dupree’s rattling around in the NBA. I promise you will be a better person because of it.
Have any fond memories of Tremaine? Please, please don’t keep them to yourself.