Detroit Pistons

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Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons logo
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Central Division
Founded 1941 in the NBL (Joined the NBA in 1948)
History Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons
(1941-1957)
Detroit Pistons
(1957-present)
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
City Auburn Hills, Michigan
Team Colors Red, White, and Blue
Owner William Davidson
Head Coach Flip Saunders
Championships NBL: 2 (1944, 1945)
NBA: 3 (1989, 1990, 2004)
Conference Titles 5 (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)
Division Titles NBL: 4 (1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)

NBA: 9 (1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006)

The Detroit Pistons are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in the Detroit metropolitan area. Piston home games are played at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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[edit] Home arenas

In Fort Wayne, Indiana

In Metro Detroit, Michigan

Notes:

  • March 12, 1960, the Pistons hosted a playoff game against Minneapolis at Grosse Pointe High School when no other facility was available.
  • April 27, 1984, the Pistons played Game 5 of their playoff series against New York in Joe Louis Arena due to a scheduling conflict.
  • During the 1984-85 season, the Silverdome's roof collapsed, causing the team to temporarily relocate back to Joe Louis Arena (for 15 home games) and Cobo Arena (for one game).

[edit] Franchise history

[edit] From Fort Wayne to Detroit

The franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a National Basketball League (NBL) team, playing in the gym of North Side High School. Owner Fred Zollner's Zollner Corporation was a foundry, manufacturing pistons primarily for car, truck and locomotive engines. In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America. In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table. From that point on, the Fort Wayne Pistons competed in the NBA. Led by star forward George Yardley, the Fort Wayne Pistons were a very popular franchise and appeared in the NBA Finals in 1954 and 1955, losing both times.

Though the Pistons enjoyed a solid local following, their city's small size made it difficult for them to be profitable. In 1957, Zollner moved the team to Detroit, a much larger city which had not seen professional basketball in a decade. In 1947, they had lost the Detroit Gems of the NBL, who moved to become the Minneapolis Lakers (now the Los Angeles Lakers), and the Detroit Falcons of the BAA, who folded. The new Detroit Pistons played in Olympia Stadium (home of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings at the time) for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena. The franchise was a consistent disappointment, struggling both on the court and at the box office.

[edit] 1960s and 1970s

During the 60s and 70s, the Pistons were characterized by very strong individuals and weak teams. Some of the superstars who played for the team included Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier. At one point DeBusschere was the youngest player coach in the history of the NBA. Unfortunately, an ill timed trade was made during the 1968 season which sent the popular home grown Debusschere to the New York Knicks for Howard Komives and Walt Bellamy both who were in the later stages of their career. DeBusschere became the key player that then led the Knicks to two NBA titles. The Dave Bing and Bob Lanier era did have some solid and exciting years but they were handicapped by being in the same division as the Milwaukee Bucks which had a young Lew Alcindor and The Chicago Bulls which had some very strong teams. In 1974, Zollner sold the team to Bill Davidson, who remains the team's principal owner. Displeased with the team's location in downtown Detroit, Davidson moved them to the suburb of Pontiac in 1978, where they played in the mammoth Silverdome, a structure built for professional football (and the home of the Detroit Lions at the time).

[edit] 1980s

Detroit Pistons logo 1979-1996.
Detroit Pistons logo 1979-1996.

The Pistons stumbled their way out of the 1970s and into the 1980s, beginning with a 16-66 record in 1979-80 and following up with a 21-61 record in 1980-81. The 1979-80 team lost its last 14 games of the season which, when coupled with the seven losses at the start of the 1980-81 season, comprised a then-NBA record losing streak of 21 games (since broken).

The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when it drafted point guard Isiah Thomas from Indiana University. In early 1982, the Pistons acquired center Bill Laimbeer in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers and guard Vinnie Johnson from the Seattle SuperSonics. The three, along with later acquisitions Joe Dumars (a 1985 Draft pick), Rick Mahorn, Adrian Dantley, and Dennis Rodman, formed the core of a team that would rise to the top of the league.

Initially the Pistons had a tough time moving up the NBA ladder. During the 1984 season, the roof of the Silverdome collapsed during a snowstorm. Because of this, the Pistons played their home games at Joe Louis Arena in downtown Detroit. In 1984, the Pistons lost a tough five-game series to the underdog New York Knicks, three games to two. In the 1985 semi-finals, Detroit would contest the defending champion Celtics to a six game series. Though Boston would prevail, Detroit's surprise performance promised that a rivalry had begun. After losing in the first round of the 1986 playoffs to the more athletic Atlanta Hawks, Coach Daly and team captain Thomas realized that their only hope to gain Eastern dominance would be to construct a more aggressive game-style.

They adopted a very intense and physical style in 1987 that quickly gained them the nickname "Bad Boys." It took them to the Eastern Conference Finals, the farthest the team had advanced since moving from Fort Wayne, against the Celtics. After pushing the defending champions to a 2-2 tie, the Pistons were on the verge of winning Game 5 at the Boston Garden with seconds remaining. After a Celtics' turnover, Isiah Thomas attempted to quickly inbound the ball and missed Coach Daly's timeout signal from the bench. Larry Bird stole the inbound pass and passed it to Dennis Johnson for the game-winning layup. While the Pistons would win Game 6 in Detroit, they would lose the series in a tough Game 7 back in Boston.

Motivated by their loss to the Celtics, the 1988 Pistons fine-tuned their "bad boy" style and avenged their two previous playoff losses to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating them in six games and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since the franchise moved to Detroit.

The Pistons' first trip to the Finals saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, who were led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After taking a 3-2 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. In that game, Isiah Thomas scored an NBA Finals record 25 points in the third quarter while playing on a severely sprained ankle. However, the Lakers won the game, 103-102, on a pair of last-minute free throws by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar following a controversial foul called on Bill Laimbeer, referred to by many Piston supporters, and Laimbeer himself, as a "phantom foul." With Isiah Thomas unable to compete at full strength, the Pistons narrowly fell in Game 7, 108-105.

Prior to the 1988-89 season, the Pistons moved to Auburn Hills to play at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The 1989 Pistons completed the building of their roster by trading Dantley for Mark Aguirre, a trade that Piston fans would criticize heavily initially, but later praise. The team won a then-franchise-record 63 games, and steamrolled through the playoffs and into a NBA Finals rematch with the Lakers. This time the Pistons came out victorious in a four-game sweep to win their first NBA championship. Joe Dumars was named NBA Finals MVP.

Detroit Pistons logo 1996-2001.
Detroit Pistons logo 1996-2001.

[edit] 1990s

The Pistons successfully defended their 1988-89 title. After cruising through the regular season and through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the team played a tough Eastern Conference Finals series against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls before winning in seven games. [1] Advancing to their third consecutive NBA Finals, the Pistons faced the Portland Trail Blazers. After splitting the first two games at the Palace, the Pistons went to Portland, where they had not won since 1974, to play Games 3, 4 and 5. The Pistons summarily won all three games in Portland, clinching the title in Game 5 when Vinnie Johnson sank an 18 foot jumper with 00.7 seconds left in the game (this shot earned Johnson a new nickname in Detroit, 007, along with his original moniker, The Microwave). Isiah Thomas was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Pistons' championship run came to an end in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, when the team was defeated by the eventual NBA champion Chicago Bulls, 4 games to 0. After this, the franchise went through a lengthy transitional period, as key players either retired (Laimbeer in 1993 and Thomas in 1994) or were traded (Edwards, Johnson, Salley, and Rodman among others). The team quickly declined, bottoming out in the 1993-94 season when they finished 20-62.

The team's fortunes improved after that season, but the rebuilding process soon sputtered. As a result of the poor finish in the 1994 season, the Pistons were able to draft Grant Hill, a promising small forward. However, this period also saw the team make numerous questionable personnel decisions, such as the 1994 trade of Dennis Rodman to the San Antonio Spurs for Sean Elliott, the loss of free agent Allan Houston to the New York Knicks [2] after the 46-win 1996 season [3]; the signing of free agent wash-outs Christian Laettner, Loy Vaught, Cedric Ceballos, and the late Bison Dele; and head coaching changes from Ron Rothstein to Don Chaney to Doug Collins to Alvin Gentry to George Irvine in an eight-year span. Of those coaches, only Collins had any sort of success with the Pistons, winning 54 games in the 1996-97 season. The franchise even changed its team colors from red, white, and blue to teal, maroon, and white in 1996 in what proved to be a highly unpopular move with fans, known derisively as the "teal era."

[edit] 2000-2007: A championship again

Detroit Pistons logo 2001-2005.
Detroit Pistons logo 2001-2005.

After being swept by the Miami Heat in the 2000 Playoffs, Joe Dumars (who had retired following the 1999 season) was hired as President of Basketball Operations. This would prove to be a turning point in the franchise's history.

The Pistons suffered through another tough season in 2000-01, going 32-50. For this, Dumars fired head coach George Irvine and hired Rick Carlisle, a widely respected assistant coach who had been a tough substitute contributor for the Celtics during the mid-1980s. He helped lead the Pistons to their first 50-win season since 1997, and their first playoff series victory since 1991. Dumars revamped the Pistons' roster by signing free agent Chauncey Billups, acquiring Richard "Rip" Hamilton from the Washington Wizards, and by drafting Tayshaun Prince from Kentucky, to join Ben Wallace, who had been considered by most a throw in in the sign and trade deal for Grant Hill in 2000. The Pistons posted consecutive 50-win seasons and advanced to the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1991, where they were swept in four games by the New Jersey Nets.

Surprisingly, after such a successful season, coach Rick Carlisle was fired. The rumored reasons for the firing were twofold: Carlisle is a quiet and reserved man, and owner Bill Davidson perceived Carlisle's reservation as arrogance, which upset him; also, Hall of Famer Larry Brown had become available, and he was an upgrade at the coaching position. Brown accepted the job a short time later.

The Pistons' transformation into a championship team was completed with the February 2004 acquisition of Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons won 54 games that year, tying for the most wins since 1997. In the playoffs, after easily defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in five games, they defeated the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets in seven games, coming back from a 3-2 deficit in the process. Detroit then defeated the Indiana Pacers, coached by Rick Carlisle, in six tough games to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1990. Many analysts gave the Pistons little chance to win against their opponents, the Los Angeles Lakers, who had won the previous three NBA championships. However, the Pistons won the 2004 NBA Championship in dominating fashion over Los Angeles in five games. They posted double digit wins in three of their four victories, including holding the Lakers to a franchise low 68 points in Game 3. Chauncey Billups was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Pistons are congratulated by President George W. Bush after capturing the 2004 title.
The Pistons are congratulated by President George W. Bush after capturing the 2004 title.
Pistons starting five during their championship, from left: Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, and Tayshaun Prince.
Pistons starting five during their championship, from left: Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, and Tayshaun Prince.

Despite losing key members of their bench during the offseason (including Mehmet Okur, Mike James and Corliss Williamson), the Pistons were considered a strong contender to win a second consecutive title in 2005. They won 54 games during the regular season, their fifth consecutive season of 50 or more wins. During the 2005 playoffs, they easily defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 and then rallied from a 2-1 deficit to finish off the Indiana Pacers, 4-2. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons faced the Miami Heat. Once again Detroit fell behind, but won Eastern Conference Championship in seven games against the Miami Heat. In the NBA Finals the Pistons faced the San Antonio Spurs. In the first NBA Finals Game 7 since 1994, the Pistons lost a hard-fought game to the Spurs, who clinched their third NBA championship.

Many believed that the Pistons were affected by off-court distractions during their attempt to defend their title during the 2004-05 season. One distraction was the Pacers-Pistons brawl, one of the largest fan-player incidents in the history of American sports, which led to the suspension of Ben Wallace for six games, and a great deal of NBA and media scrutiny. Another involved the future of head coach Larry Brown. Health concerns, as well as fallout from Brown publicly discussing and possibly pursuing other job openings during the season, led to a buyout of Larry Brown's contract at the end of the season. Soon thereafter, he was named head coach of the New York Knicks. The Pistons countered by signing Flip Saunders as their new head coach.

The Pistons started off the 2005-06 season with the NBA's best overall record. Their 37-5 start exceeded the best start for any Detroit sports franchise in history [4] and tied for the second-best 40 game start in NBA history. Four of the five Pistons starters, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace, were named to the All-Star team, and Flip Saunders served as the Eastern Conference All-Star team coach. The Pistons ended the regular season with a record of 64-18, the best record in the NBA, and a franchise record for both overall wins and road victories, with 27. In addition, the team set an NBA record by starting the same lineup in 73 consecutive games from the start of the season.

The Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 4-1 in the first round of the 2006 NBA Playoffs and barely eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round 4-3, overcoming a 3-2 deficit. However, the top-seeded Pistons were eliminated by the second-seeded Miami Heat (who went on to win the Championship), in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

During the 2006 offseason, the Pistons offered Ben Wallace a 4-year, $48 million contract which would have made him the highest-paid Piston ever [5]. In a stunning move, however, Ben Wallace, widely accepted as the face of the franchise, agreed to a 4-year, $60 million contract with the Chicago Bulls. [6].

On the same day as Ben's departure, the Pistons signed center Nazr Mohammad. But the 2006-07 Pistons, though still a playoff team, were not contenders until January 17th, when Chris Webber who had been bought out of his contract a month earlier by the Philadelphia 76ers, debuted with the Pistons.

Since Webber's inclusion into the fold, the Pistons have been playing inspired basketball again and, according to Newsday, are "starting to get their swagger back."[7]

The Detroit Pistons are considered by many to be the premier team in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons will be looking to make it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth year in a row. They were the first team to reach four Eastern Conference Finals in a row since the Chicago Bull's dynasty of the early 1990s.

[edit] Media

[edit] Fan support

As the franchise has returned to the league's elite, the local support of the Pistons has correspondingly increased. From the mid-1990s until 2001, Pistons home games were rarely sold out, even during the postseason. Now, despite playing in the league's largest arena, the Pistons have sold out 165 consecutive home games and counting. The Pistons have led the league in fan attendance since the 2002-2003 season, and the raucous Palace crowd is one of the most formidable for opposing teams to play before in the NBA.

There are a number of noteworthy celebrities who can regularly be spotted among the fans attending Pistons' home games. They include:

The Pistons have also developed a large fan following during road games. It is not uncommon to see large groups of Pistons fans, hear pro-Pistons chants (such as the popular "Deee-troit Basket-ball!"), and cheers when Pistons players score during many road games. This is similar to the fan following the Detroit Red Wings developed during the 1990s and continue to enjoy to this day on the road.

[edit] Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Win-Loss %

Season W L % Playoffs Results
Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
(Not included in W/L totals)
1941-42 15 9 .625 Won semifinals
Lost championship
Ft Wayne over Akron 2-1
Oshkash over Ft Wayne 2-1
1942-43 17 6 .739 Won semifinals
Lost championship
Ft Wayne over Chicago 2-1
Sheboygan over Ft Wayne 2-1
1943-44 18 4 .818 Won semifinals
Won championship
Ft Wayne over Cleveland 2-0
Ft Wayne over Sheboygan 3-0
1944-45 25 5 .833 Won semifinals
Won championship
Ft Wayne over Cleveland 2-0
Ft Wayne over Sheboygan 3-2
1945-46 26 8 .765 Lost semifinals Rochester over Ft Wayne 3-1
1946-47 25 19 .568 Won first round
Lost semifinals
Ft Wayne 3-2 over Toledo
Rochester over Ft Wayne 2-1
1947-48 40 20 .667 Lost first round Rochester 3-1 over Ft. Wayne
Fort Wayne Pistons BAA/NBA
Included in W/L totals
1948-49 22 38 .367
1949-50 40 28 .588 Won Tiebreaker
Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Ft. Wayne over Chicago
Ft. Wayne 2, Rochester 0
Minneapolis 2, Ft. Wayne 0
1950-51 32 36 .471 Lost Division Semifinals Rochester 2, Ft. Wayne 1
1951-52 29 37 .439 Lost Division Semifinals Rochester 2, Ft. Wayne 0
1952-53 36 33 .522 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Ft. Wayne 2, Rochester 1
Minneapolis 2, Ft. Wayne 0
1953-54 40 32 .556 Round-Robin
Round-Robin
Rochester and Minneapolis
over Ft. Wayne, 4-0
1954-55 43 29 .597 Won Division Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Ft. Wayne 3, Minneapolis 2
Syracuse 4, Ft. Wayne 3
1955-56 37 35 .514 Won Division Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Ft. Wayne 3, St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 4, Ft. Wayne 1
1956-57 34 38 .472 Lost Division Tiebreaker
Lost Division Semifinals
St. Louis over Ft. Wayne
Minneapolis 2, Ft. Wayne 0
Detroit Pistons
Included in W/L totals
1957-58 33 39 .458 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Detroit 2, Cincinnati 0
St. Louis 4, Detroit 1
1958-59 28 44 .389 Lost Division Semifinals Minneapolis 2, Detroit 1
1959-60 30 45 .400 Lost Division Semifinals Minneapolis 2, Detroit 0
1960-61 34 45 .430 Lost Division Semifinals Los Angeles 3, Detroit 2
1961-62 37 43 .463 Won Division Semifinals
Lost Division Finals
Detroit 3, Cincinnati 1
Los Angeles 4, Detroit 2
1962-63 34 46 .425 Lost Division Semifinals St. Louis 3, Detroit 1
1963-64 23 57 .288
1964-65 31 49 .388
1965-66 22 58 .275
1966-67 30 51 .370
1967-68 40 42 .488 Lost Division Semifinals Boston 4, Detroit 2
1968-69 32 50 .390
1969-70 31 51 .378
1970-71 45 37 .549
1971-72 26 56 .317
1972-73 40 42 .488
1973-74 52 30 .634 Lost Conference Semifinals Chicago 4, Detroit 3
1974-75 40 42 .488 Lost First Round Seattle 2, Detroit 1
1975-76 36 46 .439 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Detroit 2, Milwaukee 1
Golden State 4, Detroit 2
1976-77 44 38 .537 Lost First Round Golden State 2, Detroit 1
1977-78 38 44 .463
1978-79 30 52 .366
1979-80 16 66 .195
1980-81 21 61 .256
1981-82 39 43 .476
1982-83 37 45 .451
1983-84 49 33 .598 Lost First Round New York 3, Detroit 2
1984-85 46 36 .561 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Detroit 3, New Jersey 0
Boston 4, Detroit 2
1985-86 46 36 .561 Lost First Round Atlanta 3, Detroit 1
1986-87 52 30 .634 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Detroit 3, Washington 0
Detroit 4, Atlanta 1
Boston 4, Detroit 3
1987-88 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Detroit 3, Washington 2
Detroit 4, Chicago 1
Detroit 4, Boston 2
LA Lakers 4, Detroit 3
1988-89 63 19 .768 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Detroit 3, Boston 0
Detroit 4, Milwaukee 0
Detroit 4, Chicago 2
Detroit 4, LA Lakers 0
1989-90 59 23 .720 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Detroit 3, Indiana 0
Detroit 4, New York 1
Detroit 4, Chicago 3
Detroit 4, Portland 1
1990-91 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Detroit 3, Atlanta 2
Detroit 4, Boston 2
Chicago 4, Detroit 0
1991-92 48 34 .585 Lost First Round New York 3, Detroit 2
1992-93 40 42 .488
1993-94 20 62 .244
1994-95 28 54 .341
1995-96 46 36 .561 Lost First Round Orlando 3, Detroit 0
1996-97 54 28 .659 Lost First Round Atlanta 3, Detroit 2
1997-98 37 45 .451
1998-99 29 21 .580 Lost First Round Atlanta 3, Detroit 2
1999-2000 42 40 .512 Lost First Round Miami 3, Detroit 0
2000-01 32 50 .390
2001-02 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Detroit 3, Toronto 2
Boston 4, Detroit 1
2002-03 50 32 .610 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Detroit 4, Orlando 3
Detroit 4, Philadelphia 2
New Jersey 4, Detroit 0
2003-04 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Detroit 4, Milwaukee 1
Detroit 4, New Jersey 3
Detroit 4, Indiana 2
Detroit 4, LA Lakers 1
2004-05 54 28 .659 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Detroit 4, Philadelphia 1
Detroit 4, Indiana 2
Detroit 4, Miami 3
San Antonio 4, Detroit 3
2005-06 64 18 .780 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Detroit 4, Milwaukee 1
Detroit 4, Cleveland 3
Miami 4, Detroit 2
2006-07 48 27 .640 Season in progress. Updated April 4, 2007
Totals 2296 2341 .495
Playoffs 167 158 .514 3 Championships

[edit] Mascots

1996-Current: Hooper 1989-1996: The Palace Knight, "Sir Slam A Lot"

[edit] Personnel

[edit] Basketball Hall of Fame members

Bing, Daly, Davidson, DeBusschere, Dumars, Johnson, Laimbeer, Lanier, Thomas, Yardley, and team founder/owner Zollner have also been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

[edit] Retired numbers

  • William Davidson, Team owner since 1974. Banner raised to honor his 30+ years with the team.
  • 00 Paul Osterberg, Mascot, 1999-2003 (never played in the NBA; was elected to the 2002 and 2003 All-Mascot Team).
  • 2 Chuck Daly, Head Coach, 1983-92 (never played in the NBA; number represents the two NBA championship teams he coached).
  • 4 Joe Dumars, G, 1985-99; Team President, 2000-Present
  • 11 Isiah Thomas, G, 1981-94
  • 15 Vinnie Johnson, G, 1981-91
  • 16 Bob Lanier, C, 1970-81
  • 21 Dave Bing, G, 1966-75
  • 40 Bill Laimbeer, C, 1982-94

[edit] Former players

[edit] Coaches

[edit] Recent NBA Draft Selections

[edit] Current Roster

Detroit Pistons
Current Roster
Head Coach: Philip "Flip" Saunders Edit
PG 1 Chauncey Billups (Captain) (Colorado)
C 34 Dale Davis (Clemson)
PG 8 Will Blalock (Iowa State)
F 12 Ronald Dupree (LSU)
SG 32 Richard "Rip" Hamilton (Connecticut)
PG 10 Lindsey Hunter (Jackson State)
F 54 Jason Maxiell (Cincinnati)
PF 24 Antonio McDyess (Alabama)
C 13 Nazr Mohammed (Kentucky)
SG 6 Ronald "Flip" Murray (Shaw)
SF 22 Tayshaun Prince (Kentucky)
PF 36 Rasheed Wallace (North Carolina)
F-C 84 Chris Webber (Michigan)
SF 20 Carlos Delfino (Argentina)
(^) - Unsigned draft pick
(*) - Injured Detroit Pistons [8]

[edit] Franchise leaders

  • Career Leaders
    • Games: Joe Dumars, 1,018
    • Minutes Played: Isiah Thomas, 35,516
    • Field Goals Made: Isiah Thomas, 7,194
    • Field Goals Attempted: Isiah Thomas, 15,904
    • 3-Point Field Goals Made: Joe Dumars, 990
    • 3-Point Field Goals Attempted: Joe Dumars, 2,592
    • Free Throws Made: Isiah Thomas, 4,036
    • Free Throws Attempts: Isiah Thomas, 5,316
    • Offensive Rebounds: Bill Laimbeer, 2,429
    • Defensive Rebounds: Bill Laimbeer, 7,001
    • Total Rebounds: Bill Laimbeer, 9,430
    • Assists: Isiah Thomas, 9,061
    • Steals: Isiah Thomas, 1,861
    • Blocked Shots: Ben Wallace, 1,297
    • Turnovers: Isiah Thomas, 3,682
    • Personal Fouls: Bill Laimbeer, 3,131
    • Points: Isiah Thomas, 18,822
  • Per Game

[edit] Sources

[edit] External links

Preceded by
Los Angeles Lakers
1987 and 1988
NBA Champions
Detroit Pistons

1989 and 1990
Succeeded by
Chicago Bulls
1991 and 1992 and 1993
Preceded by
San Antonio Spurs
2003
NBA Champions
Detroit Pistons

2004
Succeeded by
San Antonio Spurs
2005
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