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2007-08 Detroit Pistons season
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
(19411957)
Detroit Pistons
(1957–present)
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
City Auburn Hills, Michigan
Team colors Red, White and Blue
Owner William Davidson
General manager Joe Dumars
Head coach Flip Saunders
D-League affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Championships NBL: 2 (1944, 1945)
NBA: 3 (1989, 1990, 2004)
Conference titles 7 (Western: (2) 1955, 1956, Eastern: (5) 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)
Division titles NBL: 4 (1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)

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The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. The team's home arena is The Palace of Auburn Hills. NBA redirects here. ... Detroit redirects here. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ...

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Franchise history

From Fort Wayne to Detroit

Fort Wayne Pistons logo.

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 1955 and 1956, losing both times. Image File history File links Fort_Wayne_Zollner_Pistons_logo. ... Image File history File links Fort_Wayne_Zollner_Pistons_logo. ... Nickname: Motto: Room for Dreams Location in the state of Indiana, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Indiana County Allen Founded October 22, 1794 Incorporated February 22, 1840 Government  - Mayor Tom Henry (D)  - City Clerk Sandra Kennedy (D)  - City Council Marty Bender (R) Liz Brown (R) John Shoaff (D) Tom... The National Basketball League was a professional basketball league in the United States from 1937 to 1949. ... North Side High School is a secondary school in the Fort Wayne Community Schools system, serving the North Central area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. ... Fred Zollner (January 22, 1901 – June 21, 1982) was the founder and longtime owner of the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (now the Detroit Pistons) and a key figure in the merger of National Basketball League and Basketball Association of America in 1949. ... A foundry is a factory which produces castings of metal, both ferrous and non-ferrous. ... For the American composer, see Walter Piston. ... George Yardley (November 3, 1928 in Hollywood, California - August 13, 2004 in Newport Beach, California) was an NBA Hall of Famer, the first player in history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by fellow Hall of Famer George Mikan. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ...


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, which 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. Detroit redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Detroit Falcons were a professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... NBA official website NBA News from Pro Sports Daily Dougs NBA Statistics NBA Statistics from 82games. ... Olympia Stadium, better known as the Detroit Olympia and nicknamed The Old Red Barn, stood at 5920 Grand River Avenue in Detroit, Michigan from 1927 until 1986. ... NHL redirects here. ... The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Cobo Hall, officially Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center, is a convention center situated in downtown Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is named for Albert E. Cobo, mayor of Detroit from 1950 to 1957. ...


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, Jimmy Walker, 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). David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... James Jimmy Walker (April 8, 1944 - July 2, 2007) was an American professional basketball player. ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Howard K. Komives (born May 9, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player. ... Walter Jones Bellamy (born July 24, 1939 in New Bern, North Carolina) is a former pro basketball player. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... William Morse Davidson, J.D., (born 1923, in Detroit, Michigan), is an entrepreneur and professional sports owner. ... Pontiac is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan named after the Ottawa Chief Pontiac. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... A disputed record setting 93,173 fans in attendance for WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ...


1980s: The Bad Boys Era

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). This is a list of the longest losing streaks in National Basketball Association history. ...


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 would remain together for a decade, forming much of the core of a team that would rise to the top of the league. AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Bob Cousy Point guard (PG), also called the one or the ball-handler, is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Indiana University is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Bill Laimbeer at the White House after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Seattle SuperSonics (also called the Seattle Sonics) are an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington. ...


Initially the Pistons had a tough time moving up the NBA ladder. In 1984, the Pistons lost a tough five-game series to the underdog New York Knicks, three games to two. In the 1985 playoffs, Detroit won its first-round series and faced the defending champion Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals. Though Boston would prevail in six games, Detroit's surprise performance promised that a rivalry had begun. In the 1985 NBA Draft, the team selected Joe Dumars 18th overall, a selection that would prove very wise. They also acquired Rick Mahorn in a trade with the Washington Bullets. However, the team initially took a step backward, losing in the first round of the 1986 playoffs to the more athletic Atlanta Hawks. After the series, Daly and team captain Thomas decided that their best chance to seize control of the Eastern Conference would be through a more aggressive style of play. Knicks redirects here. ... The 1985 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1984-85 season. ... 1985 NBA Draft - 18 June 1985 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft // (*) compensation for draft choices traded away by Ted Stepien This draft marks the first time the NBA Draft Lottery was introduced it was put into place so teams did not have to intentionally lose games to... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Derrick (Rick) Allen Mahorn (born September 21, 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a former NBA basketball player who, at 68. ... The 1986 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1985-86 season. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...


Prior to the 1986-87 season, the Pistons acquired more key players: John Salley (drafted 11th overall), Dennis Rodman (drafted 27th) and Adrian Dantley (acquired in a trade with the Utah Jazz). The team adopted a physical, defense-oriented style of play, which eventually earned them the nickname "Bad Boys." In 1987 the team reached the Eastern Conference Finals, the farthest it 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 Daly's timeout signal from the bench (the NBA had not yet instituted the rule that allowed coaches to call timeout themselves). 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. John Thomas Spider Salley (born May 16, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA, actor and talk show host. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956 in Washington, D.C.) is a former basketball small forward who played 15 seasons in the NBA, many of which were played as a member of the Utah Jazz where he amassed the bulk of his legendary numbers. ... The Boston Garden was a famous arena built in 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Larry Joe Bird (born December 7, 1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the best players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports. ... Dennis Johnson (September 18, 1954 – February 22, 2007), nicknamed DJ, was an American professional basketball player and coach. ...


Motivated by their loss to the Celtics, the 1988 Pistons, aided by midseason acquisition James Edwards, improved to a then-franchise-record 54 victories and the franchise's first Central Division title. In the postseason, the Pistons 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. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... James Franklin Buddha Edwards (born November 22, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, USA) is a former professional basketball player. ...


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. The 1988 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1987-88 NBA season. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Earvin Johnson redirects here. ... James Ager Worthy (born February 27, 1961 in Gastonia, North Carolina) is a retired American college and professional basketball player. ... Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947 as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr) is an American athlete and retired professional basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ...


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 63 games, shattering the old franchise record, 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. Game Four of the series marked the final game of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career. The 1988-89 NBA season was the 43rd season of the National Basketball Association. ... Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Palace of Auburn Hills (a. ... Mark Aguirre (born December 10, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American NBA player. ... The 1989 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1988-1989 NBA season Categories: | ... The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ...


1990s

Detroit Pistons logo 1996–2001.

The Pistons successfully defended their title in 1990. After winning 59 games and a third straight division title, the Pistons cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs before playing a tough Eastern Conference Finals series against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Facing each other for the third straight season, the Pistons and Bulls split the first six games before the Pistons finished the series with a decisive 93–74 victory in Game 7. [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 a game since 1974, to play Games 3, 4 and 5. The Pistons summarily won all three games in Portland, becoming the first NBA team to sweep the middle three games on the road. The decisive game came down to the final second. Trailing 90–83 with two minutes remaining, the Pistons rallied to tie the game, then took a 92–90 lead 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", to go with his original moniker, "The Microwave." Isiah Thomas was named NBA Finals MVP. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The 1990 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1989-1990 NBA season. ... The Portland Trail Blazers are a professional basketball team based in Portland, Oregon. ... Nickname: Location of Portland in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: , Country State Counties Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Type Commission  - Mayor Tom Potter[1]  - Commissioners Sam Adams Randy Leonard Dan Saltzman Erik Sten  - Auditor Gary Blackmer Area  - City 376. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... A moniker (or monicker) is a pseudonym, or cognomen, which one gives to oneself. ... This article is about the type of Electromagnetic radiation. ...


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. However, the Pistons were batted and bruised throughout the regular season. Thomas had surgery on his wrist prior to the NBA Playoffs. The Conference Finals were best remembered for the Pistons walking off the court before the game actually ended. After the series, Jordan said he was "shocked that Isiah didn't play as hard." Following 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. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Current NBA Playoff logo. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The 1993-94 NBA season was the 48th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


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 in 1996 from its traditional red, white, and blue to teal, burgundy, gold and black in what proved to be a highly unpopular move with fans. This period has become known, derisively, as the "teal era." Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... The small forward, or, colloquially, the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Sean Michael Elliott (born February 2, 1968 in Tucson, Arizona) is a former NBA basketball player. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... Allan Wade Houston (born April 20, 1971, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.) is a retired American professional basketball shooting guard, formerly the NBAs Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Christian Donald Laettner (born August 17, 1969 in Angola, New York) is a former professional basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA and an American entrepreneur. ... Loy Vaught (born February 27, 1968 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) was a basketball center. ... Cedric Z. Ice Ceballos (born August 2, 1969 in Maui, Hawaii) is an American former professional basketball player in the NBA. As a small forward, he played most notably for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, later finishing his career with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Miami... Bison Dele (April 6, 1969 – disappeared July 7, 2002), formerly known as Brian Williams (full given name Brian Carson Williams), was an American professional basketball player who finished his career as a center for the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ... Ron Rothstein is a former American professional basketball coach and college basketball palyer, who has led two different NBA teams. ... Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... For the Canadian journalist and Holocaust denier see Doug Collins (journalist) Paul Douglas Collins (born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois), better known as Doug Collins, is a former NBA basketball player and announcer who has also been the head coach of a number of NBA teams. ... Alvin Gentry is a former American professional basketball coach, and college basketball player, who has led three different NBA teams. ... George R. Hawkeye Irvine (born February 1, 1948 in Seattle, Washington) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Tasman Empire Airways Limited (TEAL) was the forerunner of Air New Zealand. ... Burgundy is a shade of dark red associated with the Burgundy wine of the same name, which in turn is named after the Burgundy region of France. ... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ... This article is about the color black; for other uses, see Black (disambiguation). ...


2000–2008: Return to championship contention

Detroit Pistons logo 2001–2004.

After being swept by the Miami Heat in the 2000 playoffs, Joe Dumars (who had retired following the 1999 season) was hired as the team's president of basketball operations. He quickly faced what appeared to be a setback for the franchise, as Grant Hill elected to leave the team for the Orlando Magic. However, Dumars managed to work a sign and trade with Orlando that brought the Pistons Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins in exchange for Hill. Both quickly entered the Pistons' starting lineup, and Wallace would develop into an All-Star in the coming years. Conversely, Hill would play only 47 games in the following four seasons due to a recurring ankle injury. In 2007, Hill also went on to be traded to the Phoenix Suns. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Chucky Atkins (real name Kenneth Atkins) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He was undrafted following a college career at the University of South Florida, and began his pro career in 2000 with the Orlando Magic. ...


The Pistons suffered through another tough season in 2000-01, going 32–50. After the season, 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. In the fall of 2001, the franchise also returned to its red, white and blue uniforms. The 2000-01 NBA season was the 55th season of the National Basketball Association. ... George R. Hawkeye Irvine (born February 1, 1948 in Seattle, Washington) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl) (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York) is a former basketball player and former coach of the NBAs Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ...


Carlisle helped lead the Pistons to their first 50-win season since 1997, and their first playoff series victory since 1991. In the summer of 2002, 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. The Pistons posted consecutive 50-win seasons and advanced to the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals, for the first time since 1991. There, however, they were swept in four games by the New Jersey Nets. The 1996-97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Richard Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ... The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team. ...


Despite the team's improvement, Carlisle was fired in the 2003 offseason. There were believed to be four reasons for the firing: first, that Carlisle had appeared reluctant to play some of the team's younger players, such as Prince and Mehmet Okur, during the regular season, which had upset Dumars; second, that some of the players (notably Wallace) had not gotten along with Carlisle; third, that Hall of Famer Larry Brown had become available; and finally fourth, that Carlisle was rumoured to be interested in the Pacer's head coaching job during the Pistons' 2003 playoff run. Brown accepted the job that summer and Carlisle landed the job in Indiana as expected. Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... Mehmet Okur (born May 26, 1979 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is a 211 cm (6 11)[1] power forward/center. ... Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ...

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.

The Pistons' transformation into a championship team was completed with the February 2004 acquisition of Rasheed Wallace. The Pistons now had another big man to pose a threat from all parts of the court. The Pistons finished the season 54-28, recording their best record since 1997. In the 2004 playoffs, after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in five games, they defeated the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets in seven games after coming back from a 3–2 deficit. 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 three out of the previous four NBA championships, and who fielded a star-studded lineup that included Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Gary Payton and Karl Malone. However, the Pistons won the series in dominating fashion, defeating Los Angeles in five games for the team's third NBA Championship. The Pistons posted double-digit wins in three of their four victories, and held the Lakers to a franchise-low 68 points in Game 3. Chauncey Billups was named NBA Finals MVP. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (515x772, 101 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Detroit Pistons 2004 NBA Finals Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (515x772, 101 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Detroit Pistons 2004 NBA Finals Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2003-2004 season. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 2004 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2003-04 National Basketball Association season. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Kobe Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association, played under a best-of-seven playoff format. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ...


Despite losing key members of their bench during the offseason (including 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 fourth 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. 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 thought the key moment of the Finals series was Robert Horry's game winning three-pointer from the left wing in Game 5. This article is about the basketball player. ... Corliss Mondari Williamson (born on December 4, 1973 in Russellville, Arkansas) is a basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 2005 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2004-2005 season. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The 2005 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 2004-05 National Basketball Association season. ... The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Robert Horry (born August 25, 1970 in Harford County, Maryland) is an American National Basketball Association basketball player. ...

The starting five of the Pistons' 2004 championship team, from left: Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, and Tayshaun Prince.
The starting five of the Pistons' 2004 championship team, from left: Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, and Tayshaun Prince.

The Pistons' 2004-05 season was marked by a major controversy, as well as distracting issues involving Larry Brown. In the season's first month, a Pacers-Pistons brawl erupted, one of the largest fan-player incidents in the history of American sports. It resulted in heavy fines and suspensions for several players, and a great deal of NBA and media scrutiny. Meanwhile, Brown was forced to leave the team on two occasions due to health concerns, and also became involved in a series of rumors linking him to other job openings. Concerned about Brown's health, and angered over his alleged pursuit of other jobs during the season, the Pistons bought out his contract soon after the 2005 NBA Finals. Brown was promptly named head coach of the New York Knicks, and the Pistons hired Flip Saunders, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 312 pixel Image in higher resolution (2579 × 1006 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 312 pixel Image in higher resolution (2579 × 1006 pixel, file size: 2. ... Richard Rip Hamilton (born February 14, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania) is an American National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The Pacers-Pistons brawl (a. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Flip Saunders Philip Flip Saunders (born February 23, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States [1]) is head coach of the NBAs Detroit Pistons and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Continental Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


During the 2005-06 season, the Pistons recorded 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 42-game start in NBA history. Four of the five Piston 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 finished the regular season with a record of 64–18, setting new franchise records for both overall and road victories (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 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


The top-seeded Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 4–1 in the first round of the 2006 NBA Playoffs, but struggled in the second round against the Cleveland Cavaliers, falling behind 3–2 before winning in seven games. Things did not improve against second-seeded Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami defeated the Pistons in six games en route to the 2006 NBA championship. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Associations 2005-06 season. ... The Cleveland Cavaliers (also known as the Cavs) are a professional basketball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... The Miami Heat (known as the HEAT [in all capital letters] on official team publications) is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. ... The 2006 NBA Finals was the championship series of the 2005-06 National Basketball Association season. ...


During the 2006 offseason, the Pistons offered Ben Wallace a four-year, $48 million contract which would have made him the highest-paid Piston ever . However, Wallace agreed to a 4-year, $60 million contract with the Chicago Bulls. [5].


To replace Ben Wallace, the Pistons signed Nazr Mohammed as a center. He struggled to fill the team's void at center, however, and the team began looking for additional help. On January 17, the Pistons signed Chris Webber, who had become a free agent. The Pistons quickly began playing better basketball and, according to Newsday, started "to get their swagger back."[6] The Pistons were only 21–15 before Webber was acquired; with him, the team went 32–14. On April 11, the Pistons clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, which guaranteed them home-court advantage for first three rounds of the playoffs. Nazr Tahiru Mohammed (first name pronounced NAH-Zi) (born September 5, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player with the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ... For the Canadian-born former BBL basketball player, see Chris Webber (Canadian basketball player). ... Newsday is a daily tabloid-size newspaper that primarily serves Long Island and the New York City borough of Queens, although it is sold throughout the New York City metropolitan area. ...


The Pistons opened the 2007 NBA Playoffs with a 4–0 victory over the Orlando Magic, their first playoff series sweep since 1990. The team advanced to face the Chicago Bulls, marking the first time that the Central Division rivals had met in the postseason since 1991. After winning the first two games by 26 and 21 points, the Pistons overcame a 19-point deficit to win Game 3, 81–74. Chicago avoided elimination by winning Games 4 and 5, but the Pistons closed out the series, 95–85, in Game 6. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth consecutive time (equaling their streak from 1987–1991) - one short of the NBA record set by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons won games 1 and 2, but lost 4 in a row to the Cavaliers. The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Associations 2006-2007 season. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Following the season, the Pistons traded Carlos Delfino to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for 2009 and 2011 second-round draft picks. In the 2007 NBA Draft the Pistons selected Rodney Stuckey as the 15th overall pick and Arron Afflalo as the 27th overall pick.[7] They also re-signed Chauncey Billups to a long-term contract, as well as re-signing top prospect Amir Johnson and key reserve Antonio McDyess. This season will mark the 50th anniversary of the franchise in Detroit, so The Palace of Auburn Hills floor was given a retouch, as the 50th anniversary logo was encased on center court, and blue replaced red on the sideline, retaining red on the baseline surrounding the basket with the words "Detroit Pistons." The remainder of the court remained unchanged. This marked the first time since their first season at the Pontiac Silverdome (1978-79) that the sideline of the Pistons floor will be painted blue, as opposed to their traditional red. Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982, in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player for the NBAs Toronto Raptors. ... The Toronto Raptors are a professional basketball team based in Toronto, Ontario. ... The 2007 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2007 at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams that had missed the 2007 NBA Playoffs, with their... Rodney Norvell Stuckey (born April 21, 1986 in Kent, Washington) is a professional basketball shooting guard/point guard for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. // On June 28, 2007, Stuckey was taken 15th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. ... Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985 in Los Angeles) is a 65 American basketball player who recently completed a three-year career at University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific Ten Conference of the NCAA. Afflalo has declared for the 2007 NBA Draft; since he declared for... Antonio Keithflen McDyess (born September 7, 1974, in Quitman, Mississippi) is an American 69 (2. ...


At the start of the 2008 season, Rasheed Wallace became the Pistons' new center. Upon entering his third season as Pistons coach, Saunders became the longest-tenured Pistons coach since Chuck Daly's nine-year tenure (1983-92). Detroit finished the season 59-23, with the second-best record in the league. The Boston Celtics held the first seed, and many speculated that Boston was their main competition in the Eastern Conference. In the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Detroit started out poorly with a Game 1 loss to the seventh-seeded Philadelphia 76ers and found themselves in a 2-games-to-1 deficit. But the Pistons rallied to defeat the Sixers in six games. Chuck Daly Charles Jerome Chuck Daly (born July 20, 1930 in St. ... The Boston Celtics are a professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The 2008 NBA Playoffs is the postseason for the National Basketball Associations 2007-08 season. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


Meanwhile in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Detroit rolled out to a Game 1 romp of the Orlando Magic, and won a tight Game 2 amid mild controversy. At the very end of the third quarter, Chauncy Billups hit a three point field goal that gave the Pistons a three point lead. However, the clock had stopped shortly into the play. League rules currently prohibit officials from using both instant replay and a timing device to measure how much time has elapsed when a clock malfunctions, nor is a replay from the time of the malfunction onward allowed. The officials estimated that the play took 4.6 seconds, and since there were 5.1 seconds remaining when it began, the field goal was counted. The NBA later admitted that the play actually took 5.7 seconds and the basket should not have counted [1]. The 2008 NBA Playoffs is the postseason for the National Basketball Associations 2007-08 season. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is the starting point guard and team captain for the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ...


In addition to losing Game 3 badly, 111-86, the Pistons also lost all-star point guard and team leader Chauncy Billups to a hamstring injury. Despite his absence, the Pistons rallied from 15 down in the 3rd quarter to win Game 4 90-89 on a field goal by Tayshaun Prince with just 8.9 seconds to play, taking a 3-1 series lead. Again with Billups sitting on the sideline, they then proceeded to win Game 5 in Detroit, winning the series 4 games to 1. Detroit has advanced to the Conference Finals for the sixth straight season. They will await the winner of the Boston/Cleveland Conference Semifinal series. Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976 in Denver, Colorado) is the starting point guard and team captain for the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ...


Media

The Pistons' flagship radio station is 1130 AM WDFN. There are several affiliate stations throughout Michigan. WDFN is a sports-talk radio station in the Detroit market. ...


Pistons games are televised in Michigan on either FSN Detroit (or sometimes its overflow feed FSN Plus) or "The Pistons Television Network", whose flagship station is either WMYD-TV - My 20 - Detroit, or WDIV-TV 4 - NBC - Detroit, and affiliates WNEM2-DT - My 5 - Flint / Tri-Cities, WXSP-CA - My X - Grand Rapids, WMNT-CA - My 48/58 Toledo, WLLZ-TV 12 - Traverse City, and WHTV-TV My 18 - Lansing. FSN Detroit (formerly known as Fox Sports Net Detroit) is a regional sports network that covers local sports teams in the state of Michigan. ... WMYD is Detroit, Michigans WB affiliate station, owned and operated by Granite Broadcasting. ... WDIV (Local 4) is the NBC television station based in Detroit, Michigan. ... WNEM-TV Channel 5 (Digital Channel 22) is the CBS television affiliate for the Flint-Saginaw-Bay City, Michigan television market. ... WXSP-CA (WXSP, The X) is a low-powered television station and UPN affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... WMNT-CA channel 48 is a Low-power broadcasting TV station in Toledo, Ohio, and carries MyNetworkTV and America One for that market. ... WLLZ-LP is a television station in Traverse City, Michigan, USA. It is owned and operated by P & P Cable Holdings, as an affiliate of the America One network. ... WHTV is the UPN television affiliate licensed to Jackson, Michigan. ...


Some games may appear nationally exclusively on ESPN, ABC, or TNT. NBA TV also broadcasts games nationally but they are blacked out in Michigan because they are always also shown on FSN Detroit or The Pistons Television Network. ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Turner Network Television, usually referred to as TNT, is an American cable TV network created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. ... NBA TV is a television network that is dedicated to showcasing the sport of basketball in the United States. ... FSN Detroit (formerly known as Fox Sports Net Detroit) is a regional sports network that covers local sports teams in the state of Michigan. ...


Broadcasters:

  • George Blaha: television play-by-play, radio play-by-play when Pistons are on national television.
  • Mark Champion: radio play-by-play when Blaha is on television.
  • Matt Dery: radio pre-game and post-game host.
  • Greg Kelser: television commentator.
  • Rick Mahorn: radio commentator.
  • John Long: fill-in radio commentator
  • John Mason: public address announcer
  • Rob Otto: radio pre-game and post-game host.
  • Eli Zaret: television sideline reporter

George Blaha (born 1945 in Detroit, Michigan) has been the radio and television play-by-play voice of the Detroit Pistons since the 1976-77 NBA season. ... Mark Champion is an American sportscaster. ... Gregory (Greg) Kelser (born September 17, 1957, in Panama City, Florida) is an African-American broadcaster for the National Basketball Associations Detroit Pistons. ... Derrick (Rick) Allen Mahorn (born September 21, 1958 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a former NBA basketball player who, at 68. ... John Long is the name of several notable people: John Long (politician) (d. ... John Mason is the public address announcer for the Detroit Pistons games at the Palace of Auburn Hills. ...

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 second largest arena, the Pistons have sold out 228 consecutive home games. The Pistons led the league in fan attendance from 2002-03 to 2005-06, before finishing slightly behind the Chicago Bulls (who play in the higher capacity by only a few hundred United Center) in the 2006-07 season. The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ...


The Pistons have also developed a significant fan following outside the state of Michigan. It is not uncommon to see large groups of Piston fans, hear pro-Pistons chants (such as the popular "Deee-troit Basket-ball!"), and cheers when Piston 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 on the road. The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Mascots

1989–1996: Sir-Slam A-Lot
1996–present: Hooper Hooper is the mascot of the NBAs Detroit Pistons. ...


Season-by-season records

Main article: Detroit Pistons seasons

Home arenas

The Pistons playing in The Palace.
The Pistons playing in The Palace.

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  • March 12, 1960, the Pistons hosted a playoff game against Los Angeles 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).

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Players

Main article: Detroit Pistons all-time roster

Basketball Hall of Fame members and year enshrined

Former Pistons player Adrian Dantley, current owner William Davidson, and former Pistons coach Dick Vitale will enter the Hall in September 2008. Vitale will be inducted as a contributor for his career as a broadcaster. Basketball Hall of Fame Logo The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame honors players who have shown exceptional skill at basketball, all-time great coaches and referees, and other major contributors to the game. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... This article is about the year. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Chuck Daly Charles Jerome Chuck Daly (born July 20, 1930 in St. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert J. Bob Houbregs (born March 12, 1932 in Vancouver, Canada) is a former professional basketball player. ... This article is about the year 1987. ... Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937 in Middleton, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Earl Francis Lloyd (born April 3, 1928 in Alexandria, Virginia, US) is a retired American basketball player. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Allen Bob McAdoo (born September 25, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina) is a former professional basketball player who spent his fourteen-season career between the center and power forward positions in the National Basketball Association. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Robert Bobby McDermott (b. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... George Yardley (November 3, 1928 in Hollywood, California - August 13, 2004 in Newport Beach, California) was an NBA Hall of Famer, the first player in history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by fellow Hall of Famer George Mikan. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Fred Zollner (January 22, 1901 – June 21, 1982) was the founder and longtime owner of the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (now the Detroit Pistons) and a key figure in the merger of National Basketball League and Basketball Association of America in 1949. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956 in Washington, D.C.) is a former basketball small forward who played 15 seasons in the NBA, many of which were played as a member of the Utah Jazz where he amassed the bulk of his legendary numbers. ... William Morse Davidson, J.D., (born 1923, in Detroit, Michigan), is an entrepreneur and professional sports owner. ... Richard J. Dick Vitale (June 9, 1939, in Passaic, New Jersey) is a basketball broadcaster. ...


Bing, Daly, Davidson, DeBusschere, Dumars, Lanier, Thomas, Yardley and Zollner have also been inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame is a Hall of Fame to honor Michigan sports notable people. ...


Retired numbers

All of the Pistons retired numbers are currently hanging in the rafters of The Palace of Auburn Hills, and are also encased on the Pistons floor (on the sidelines).

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Recent NBA Draft selections

Rodney Norvell Stuckey (born April 21, 1986 in Kent, Washington) is a professional basketball shooting guard/point guard for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. // On June 28, 2007, Stuckey was taken 15th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. ... Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985 in Los Angeles) is a 65 American basketball player who recently completed a three-year career at University of California, Los Angeles in the Pacific Ten Conference of the NCAA. Afflalo has declared for the 2007 NBA Draft; since he declared for... Sammy Mejia (born February 7, 1983 in The Bronx) is a Dominican American basketball player who played college basketball at DePaul University. ... William (Will) Anthony Blalock (born September 8, 1983 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American professional basketball player. ... Jason Dior Maxiell (born February 18, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. ... Amir Jalla Johnson (born May 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player. ... Alex Acker (born January 21, 1983 in Compton, California) is an American professional basketball player currently a free agent. ... Rickey Paulding (born on October 23, 1982 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former college basketball player for the University of Missouri. ... Darko Miličić (Serbian: Дарко Миличић; born June 20, 1985 in Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a Serbian professional basketball player who is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, the third NBA team for which he has played in his career. ... Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982, in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player for the NBAs Toronto Raptors. ... Andreas Glyniadakis (Greek: Ανδρέας Γλυνιαδάκης; born August 21, 1981 in Hania, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player who currently plays for the Italian League Team Virtus Bologna. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Mehmet Okur (born May 26, 1979 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. He is a 211 cm (6 11)[1] power forward/center. ... Mateen Cleaves (born September 7, 1977 in Flint, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player who most recently played for the NBAs Seattle SuperSonics. ... Brian Lee Cardinal (born May 2, 1977 in Tolono, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. At Purdue, he led the Boilermakers to an Elite Eight appearance in 2000 during his senior season. ... Gawen DeAngelo Bonzi Wells, also known as the Bonz, (born September 20, 1976 in Muncie, Indiana) is a 65 shooting guard in the National Basketball Association for the Indiana Pacers. ... Suntino Korleone Young (born December 31, 1978 in Wichita, Kansas) is a professional basketball player who most recently played for LidoRose Roseto Basket, an Italian club. ... Scot Pollard (born February 12, 1975 in Murray, Utah) is a professional basketball player in the NBA, noted for his eccentric hairstyles and gritty, tough nosed play. ... Charles Edward OBannon (born February 22, 1975 in Lakewood, California) is an American professional basketball player. ...

Current roster

Detroit Pistons roster
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Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SG 28 Flag of the United States Afflalo, Arron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
PG 1 Flag of the United States Billups, Chauncey (C), (inactive) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
SG 8 Flag of the United States Dixon, Juan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 164 lb (74 kg) Maryland
SG 32 Flag of the United States Hamilton, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Connecticut
G/F 9 Flag of the United States Hayes, Jarvis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Georgia
F 5 Flag of Argentina Herrmann, Wálter 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
G 10 Flag of the United States Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jackson State
F 25 Flag of the United States Johnson, Amir (inactive) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Westchester HS (CA)
PF 54 Flag of the United States Maxiell, Jason 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Cincinnati
PF 24 Flag of the United States McDyess, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Alabama
SF 22 Flag of the United States Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kentucky
C 42 Flag of the United States Ratliff, Theo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Wyoming
C 35 Flag of Senegal Samb, Cheikh (inactive) 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Senegal
G 3 Flag of the United States Stuckey, Rodney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Eastern Washington
F/C 36 Flag of the United States Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
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Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • Injured Injured

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Coaches

Flip Saunders Philip Flip Saunders (born February 23, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States [1]) is head coach of the NBAs Detroit Pistons and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Continental Basketball Association. ... Larry Brown For other people of the same name, see Larry Brown (disambiguation). ... Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl) (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York) is a former basketball player and former coach of the NBAs Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. ... George R. Hawkeye Irvine (born February 1, 1948 in Seattle, Washington) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Alvin Gentry is a former American professional basketball coach, and college basketball player, who has led three different NBA teams. ... For the Canadian journalist and Holocaust denier see Doug Collins (journalist) Paul Douglas Collins (born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois), better known as Doug Collins, is a former NBA basketball player and announcer who has also been the head coach of a number of NBA teams. ... Donald R. Chaney (born March 22, 1946 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is a former pro basketball player and coach. ... Ron Rothstein is a former American professional basketball coach and college basketball palyer, who has led two different NBA teams. ... Chuck Daly Charles Jerome Chuck Daly (born July 20, 1930 in St. ... Scotty Robertson is a former basketball coach, who coached three NBA teams. ... Richie Adubato is a former basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. ... Richard J. Dick Vitale (June 9, 1939, in Passaic, New Jersey) is a basketball broadcaster. ... Robert Bob Kauffman (born July 13, 1946 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former professional basketball player. ... Herb Brown (born March 14, 1936) was an American basketball head coach. ... Ray Scott (1920 - March 23, 1998) was an American sportscaster, best known for his broadcasts for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. ... Earl Francis Lloyd (born April 3, 1928 in Alexandria, Virginia, US) is a retired American basketball player. ...

High points

Franchise leaders

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Jerry Darnell Stackhouse (born November 5, 1974 in Kinston, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays both shooting guard and small forward for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Kevin Porter (born April 17, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Alvin Cyrrale Robertson (born July 22, 1962 in Barberton, Ohio) is a retired American basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association from 1984 to 1993, and for one final season in 1995-96. ... 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Individual awards

NBA Finals MVP The National Basketball Association Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the player who has exhibited exceptional play during an NBA Finals series. ...

NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... The National Basketball Associations Defensive Player of the Year Award has been handed out since 1983. ...

NBA Rookie of the Year Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ...

NBA Sixth Man of the Year Don Meineke of the Fort Wayne Pistons, received the National Basketball Associations first Rookie of the Year Award after the 1952-53 NBA season. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues most valuable player for his team coming off the bench as a substitute (sixth man). ...

NBA Coach of the Year Corliss Mondari Williamson (born on December 4, 1973 in Russellville, Arkansas) is a basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... The person recognized as the NBA Coach of the Year receives the Red Auerbach Trophy. ...

NBA Executive of the Year Ray Scott (1920 - March 23, 1998) was an American sportscaster, best known for his broadcasts for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. ... Richard Preston Carlisle (pronounced KAHR-lye-uhl) (born October 27, 1959 in Ogdensburg, New York) is a former basketball player and former coach of the NBAs Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...

All-NBA First Team Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Second Team Lawrence Michael Foust (June 24, 1928-October 27, 1984) was an American basketball player who spent 12 seasons in the NBA and was an 8-time All-Star. ... George Yardley (November 3, 1928 in Hollywood, California - August 13, 2004 in Newport Beach, California) was an NBA Hall of Famer, the first player in history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by fellow Hall of Famer George Mikan. ... Eugene William Gene Shue (born December 18, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

All-NBA Third Team Fred Schaus (born June 30, 1925 in Newark, Ohio) was a basketball star, coach and athletic director for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, player for the NBAs Fort Wayne Pistons and New York Knicks, GM and coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, coach of Purdue University basketball, and was... Lawrence Michael Foust (June 24, 1928-October 27, 1984) was an American basketball player who spent 12 seasons in the NBA and was an 8-time All-Star. ... George Yardley (November 3, 1928 in Hollywood, California - August 13, 2004 in Newport Beach, California) was an NBA Hall of Famer, the first player in history to score 2,000 points in one season, breaking the 1,932-point record held by fellow Hall of Famer George Mikan. ... Eugene William Gene Shue (born December 18, 1931 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional basketball player and coach. ... Bailey E. Howell (born January 20, 1937 in Middleton, Tennessee) is a former professional basketball player. ... David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ...

NBA All-Defensive First Team Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA All-Defensive Second Team Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... For the British MP, see Ben Wallace (UK politician). ... The NBA All-Defensive Team is the NBAs annual honor given to the best defensive players in the NBA during the regular season. ...

NBA All-Rookie First Team Michael Leon (M.L.) Carr (born January 9, 1951 in Wallace, North Carolina) is a former basketball player in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association, and former head coach and General Manager of the Boston Celtics. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... For the 1980s basketball player, see Clifford T. Robinson. ... Chauncey Ray Billups (born September 25, 1976, in Denver, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player. ... Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980, in Compton, California) is an American basketball player for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is an set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

NBA All-Rookie Second Team David Albert DeBusschere (October 16, 1940 - May 14, 2003) was a professional basketball player born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Joe Louis Caldwell (born November 1, 1941 in Texas City, Texas) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Thomas Arthur (Tom) Van Arsdale (born February 22, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a former professional basketball player. ... David Bing (born November 24, 1943 in Washington, D.C.) is a former All-Star player in the National Basketball Association, primarily for the Detroit Pistons from 1966 to 1975. ... Robert Jerry Lanier (born September 10, 1948 in Buffalo, New York) was a professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. He played collegiately at St. ... Terry Christopher Tyler (born October 30, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan) is a retired American basketball player. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... Peter Kelly Tripucka (born February 16, 1959 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey) was a National Basketball Association player for the Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, and Charlotte Hornets from 1981 to 1991. ... Joe Dumars (born May 24, 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is the Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations and a former NBA basketball player. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... The NBA All-Rookie Team is an set of annual awards recognizing the top rookies in the National Basketball Association. ...

Lindsey Benson Hunter (born December 3, 1970, in Utica, Mississippi) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. ... Zeljko Rebraca (April 9, 1972 in Prigrevica, Apatin, Yugoslavia) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He is originally from Serbia and Montenegro and was a second round draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1994 NBA Draft. ... Rodney Norvell Stuckey (born April 21, 1986 in Kent, Washington) is a professional basketball shooting guard/point guard for the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. // On June 28, 2007, Stuckey was taken 15th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. ...

See also

  • Bulls-Pistons rivalry
  • Pistons-Celtics rivalry

The Bulls-Pistons rivalry originated in the late 1980s, a period when the Bulls superstar, Michael Jordan, was evolving into one of the leagues best players and when the Detroit Pistons were becoming a major playoff contender. ... The Pistons-Celtics Rivalry or Celtics-Pistons rivalry refers to the rivalry between two teams in the National Basketball Associations Eastern Conference, the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics. ...

Notes and sources

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