Jack McCloskey, the architect of the Detroit Pistons back-to-back championship teams in 1989 and 1990, passed away at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Thursday.

"Trader Jack" as he was called, took over as general manager of the Detroit Pistons in 1979.  He drafted Isiah Thomas out of Indiana in 1981 and that was the beginning of the rise of the franchise.

After his stint with the Pistons, he served as an executive with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors.