The Motor City Auto Project

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I have been getting back into the hobby recently and have been stalking the basketball part of the forum for a few months now and just enjoying the awesomeness that everyone has been posting in the "show something off" thread. So I thought how can I get involved and feel a part of it? I don't really have the budget to buying massive cards or packs (in this market anyway) so after some thought I came up with...

The Motor City Auto Project
aka. The Anti-Zodiac Collection


The goal of the project is pretty simple. Obtain an auto for every Pistons player I can with a couple of rules:
  1. It must be a Detroit Pistons card
  2. The player, if in uniform, must be in a Detroit Pistons uniform.
  3. The player must have played for or been drafted by the Pistons
Obviously this isn't going to be the thread for you if you are looking for insanely rare or amazing looking cards (hence the aka. The Anti-Zodiac Collection), but hopefully you enjoy it and if not, just humour me please :p).

The aim is to acquire a card weekly but we'll see how we go...
 

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MCAP Auto #1 - Khyri Thomas
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Khyri played his college ball at Creighton and was twice named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He entered the 2018 NBA Draft, forgoing his Senior year and was drafted with the 38th pick by the Pistons after Detroit reached a deal to send 2 future second round picks to Philadelphia.

In his Rookie season he made 26 appearances off the bench averaging 2.3 PPG and featured three times as the Pistons were swept out of the Playoffs by the Bucks in the 1st Round.

He made a further 8 appearances for Detroit the following season before being traded to Atlanta along with Tony Snell. He was instantly waived.

After being signed & waived by the Spurs without playing, he signed a 10-day contract with Houston in May of this season and in his 5 appearances for the Rockets has averaged 16.4 points & 5 assists per game. He has since signed a multi-year deal with the Rockets. Watch this space...

Thanks for @jkidd05 for the card.
 
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Love the idea and concept mate, not everything has to be Luka, Tatum or Lebron...coming from a guy who has the world's best Quincy Pondexter PC!

I have a few loer end Pistons autos which meet your requirements that I can do a good lot price on, just shoot me a PM if interested.
 
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MCAP Auto #2 - Zaza Pachulia
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Georgian giant Zaza Pachulia started his professional basketball career in Turkey with Ülkerspor at the age of just 14. Five years later he found himself being drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 42nd pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. After spending the season coming off the bench for the 21 win Magic, he was selected in the 2004 Expansion Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats and was traded to Milwaukee for a 2nd round pick.

Similar to his season in Orlando, his year on the Bucks was spent coming off the bench for a poor side, however as a free agent he signed a deal with Atlanta to become their starting C on a 4yr/$16m deal. His first two years in Atlanta were career years, averaging 11-12ppg & 7-8rpg, however midway through his 2nd season he moved back to coming off the bench. In 2009, he re-signed with the Hawks for another 4 years, earning $19m total as the club were becoming a contender in the East, however they could never make it past the Conference Semi-Finals.

In 2013 he signed as a free agent with Milwaukee (3yr/$15.6m) and once again found himself starting. During the last year of his deal he found himself traded to Dallas for a 2nd round pick. During his time with the Mavericks he famously almost become an All Star Starter but missed out by approximately 14,000 votes despite a pedestrian 8.6ppg & 9.4rpg.

For the 2016/17 season he joined Golden State in the middle of their modern dynasty and was infamously involved in the injury of Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 on the Western Conference Finals, which ruled the Spurs star out of the rest of the series, as the Warriors progressed to win the Championship. It was not an isolated incident however, as Zaza had a reputation of being one of the dirtiest players in the league.

He re-signed with Golden State for the following year as the Warriors went back-to-back however his role in the side continued to diminish.

He joined the Pistons for his final NBA season as backup to Andre Drummond. During his time in Detroit he made 68 appearances, averaging 3.9 points & rebounds per game, below his career average of 6.8 & 5.8 respectively.

Zaza is now a front office consultant for Golden State in their basketball operations department.
 

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MCAP Auto #3 - Jonas Jerebko
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Next up we have the Swede, Jonas Jerebko. One of my favourite Pistons of the past decade.

Jerebko (aged 18) originally intended to play college ball for the University of Buffalo, however ended up turning professional instead. Plying his trade in Sweden for two seasons, before moving to Italy for a further two.

He entered the 2009 NBA Draft and was considered by ESPN's European basketball expert Fran Fraschilla as a top 5 European prospect. The Pistons ended up taking Jerebko in the second round with the 39th pick, becoming the second Swedish player to be selected in an NBA Draft.

Jonas had a very good Rookie season for a 2nd round pick, starting 73 games for the Pistons (playing 80 overall) which was the 2nd most in franchise history for a Rookie (now 3rd) behind Kelly Tripuka who started every game in 1981-82. Jerebko became a fan favourite for his energy & hustle, averaging 9.3 points, 6 rebounds and 1 steal per game. He was selected as a member of the Rookie Team at NBA All Star Weekend and made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Unfortunately, this was as good as it got for Jonas. He injured his Achilles the following pre-season and missed the entire 2010-11 season as a result. Despite coming off a lost season, he started the first 13 games of the new season before being shuffled to a role off the bench, which ultimately would be his role for the rest of his career in the Association. The Pistons signed him to a 4 year, $18m contract and he continued to maintain his production (on a per 36 minute basis) coming off the bench.

In February 2015, the Pistons traded him to Boston along with Luigi Datome (more on him another time) for Tayshaun Prince as a part of the deal that saw the Celtics acquire Isiah Thomas. Jerebko had a decent end to the season with the Celtics which resulted to him signing for a further 2 years, $10m. He continued to come off the bench as the Celtics went to the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2016-17 season, ultimately being eliminated by the Cavs.

He signed a multi-year deal with the Utah Jazz for the 2017-18 season and despite starting the most games in his career since his Rookie season, he was waived at the end of the first year as the Jazz were eliminated in the Western Conference Semi-Finals by Houston.

Jerebko signed with the Golden State Warriors for the 2018-19 season and got instant revenge over the Jazz with an early season, tip in winner. In his last season in the NBA, Jonas went all the way to the NBA Finals with the Warriors but injuries to star players crushed their chances as the Raptors caused an upset.

He spent the last 2 and a bit years with Russian side Khimki Moscow where he was reunited with ex-Pistons teammate Greg Monroe until they were both released in early 2021 due to a poor record.

Jerebko is the owner of the Esports organisation the "Renegades".

He averaged 6.2 ppg & 4 rpg during his time in the NBA.
 

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MCAP Auto #4 - Jerome Williams
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The Pistons drafted Williams as a Sophomore out of Georgetown with the 26th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft (acquired from the Spurs as a part of the Dennis Rodman trade). Nicknamed the Junk Yard Dog or JYD by Rick Mahorn for his hustle & hard work, it was these qualities that endeared him to the fanbases of wherever he played.

Coming off the bench, Williams improved in each of his 4 full seasons with the Pistons, eventually becoming their 6th man and in the 1999/00 season averaged 8.4 ppg, 9.6 rpg, & 1.2 spg. His season rebounding numbers remain as some of the best in league history for a non-starter.

The following season JYD was traded to Toronto along with Eric Montross in exchange for Corliss Williamson, Tyrone Corbin, Dávid Kornél and a future first-round draft pick. North of the border, he enjoyed his best season in 2002/03 averaging 9.7 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.3 apg & 1.6 spg as a starter for the Raps. For the second time in his career, after producing his best numbers, he was traded the following season. This time to Chicago, along with Antonio Davis & Chris Jefferies for Jalen Rose, Donyell Marshall & Lonny Baxter.

Williams spent one season in the Windy City before being traded in the off-season to the Knicks with Jamal Crawford, which saw him once again settle into a role off the bench. After one season, the Knicks waived Williams to avoid paying the luxury tax and he subsequently announced his retirement in the following days.

Post-NBA career, Williams has remained involved in basketball via youth development & community involvement including the Basketball Without Borders program and played in the inaugural BIG3 season.

During his time in Toronto he appeared in the Disney film "Full-Court Miracle" (5.8 on IMDB.com).

JYD averaged 6.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg & 1.1 spg during his 9 seasons in the Association.
 
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