Mike Borman/ESPN via Getty Images Mike Binter, the former NBA star and NBA executive who is now the ESPN Sports Analytics Analyst, has been an outspoken critic of Dumars in the past.
“Joe Dumars has a lot of things that I disagree with, but he is the best player I’ve ever played with,” Binter said in a conversation with ESPN.
“He’s a great player and I have no problem saying that.
And he was a really good player.
I was with him when he was an undrafted free agent in 2009, and we all saw the way he went to the basket, how he played the game.
He was one of the best big men in the NBA at that time.
But I was in Boston, I had a pretty good relationship with Joe.
I didn’t have to play with him, I was able to get away from him, and I think that’s a good thing.
But I just think there’s a lot wrong with him.”
Dumars was the top pick of the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2008 draft.
He played a lot in the second half of his career with the Pelicans, but his career in New Orleans was cut short by injury.
After playing three years in New York, Dumars played for the New York Knicks before retiring in 2013.
His most recent contract was with the Utah Jazz in 2020, and his salary for that contract is now $2.8 million.