Old timers need no introduction to VJ, but some of the younger fans might dig a look at one of the most important cogs in the Detroit Bad Boys Machine. Vinnie Johnson was the 3rd guard for the Pistons, a player so valuable that Bad Boys coach Chuck Daly devised a 3 man rotation around Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Johnson, with all three subbing through the guard positions during any given game because VJ would have been a starter on many other teams, and could play both backcourt positions. VJ was always the first man off the bench, and when hot, was nearly unstoppable on offense. He was a Seattle SuperSonics draft pick, traded to Detroit for (now FSN color man) Greg Kelser. That was 1981, the same year that Isiah Thomas and Bill Laimbeer became Pistons. The beginning of a turnaround for the league laughingstock Pistons. Danny Ainge nicknamed Johnson "The Microwave" for his ability to come off the bench and score in bunches. VJ is an often overlooked character in a dramatic cast that included Laimbeer, Dumars, Rodman, and Thomas, but his contributions were just as significant, particularly when he nailed the go ahead basket in the 5th game of the 1990 Finals. That shot left 7 tenths of a second on the clock and made the Pistons back to back champions, erasing any doubt that their previous Finals victory over the Lakers was a fluke.