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The Detroit
Detroit
Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Central Division. The team plays its home games at Little Caesars Arena and was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana
as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball
Basketball
League (NBL). The Pistons joined the Basketball
Basketball
Association of America (BAA) in 1948. In 1949, the NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA, and the Pistons became part of the merged league.[1][7] Since moving to Detroit
Detroit
in 1957, the Pistons have won three NBA championships in 1989, 1990 and 2004.

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 1941–1957: The Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons 1.2 1957–1979: Decades of struggle 1.3 1980–1994: The Bad Boys era 1.4 1994–2000: The Grant Hill
Grant Hill
era 1.5 2000–2008: Goin' to Work era

1.5.1 2000–2002: Building a contender 1.5.2 2003–2008: Six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals

1.6 2008–2011: Failed express rebuilding 1.7 2011–2015: New ownership; more struggling 1.8 2015–2016: Return to the playoffs 1.9 2017: Move back to downtown Detroit

2 Media coverage

2.1 Radio 2.2 TV

3 Logos and uniforms 4 Mascots 5 Season-by-season records 6 Home arenas 7 Players

7.1 Current roster 7.2 Retained draft rights 7.3 Retired numbers 7.4 Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame members

8 Head coaches 9 General managers 10 Individual records and awards

10.1 Franchise leaders 10.2 Individual awards 10.3 NBA All-Star Weekend

11 Rivalries

11.1 Chicago Bulls 11.2 Boston Celtics 11.3 Los Angeles Lakers

12 References 13 Further reading 14 External links

Franchise history[edit] 1941–1957: The Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons[edit] The Detroit
Detroit
Pistons franchise was founded as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, a National Basketball
Basketball
League (NBL) team, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[8] Owner Fred Zollner's Zollner Corporation was a foundry that manufactured pistons, primarily for car, truck, and locomotive engines.[9] The Zollner Pistons were NBL champions in 1944 and 1945.[8] They also won the World Professional Basketball
Basketball
Tournament in 1944, 1945 and 1946.[10] In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball
Basketball
Association of America (BAA).[9] In 1949, Fred Zollner brokered the formation of the National Basketball
Basketball
Association from the BAA and the NBL at his kitchen table.[9] There are suggestions that Pistons players conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw various games during the 1953–54 and 1954–55 seasons. In particular, there are accusations that the team may have intentionally lost the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals.[11] In the decisive Game 7, the Pistons led Syracuse 41–24 early in the second quarter, then the Nationals rallied to win the game.[12] Syracuse won on a free throw by George King with twelve seconds left in the game. The closing moments included a palming turnover by the Pistons' George Yardley
George Yardley
with 18 seconds left, a foul by Frank Brian
Frank Brian
with 12 seconds left that enabled King's winning free throw, and a turnover by the Pistons' Andy Phillip
Andy Phillip
with three seconds left which cost Fort Wayne a chance to attempt the game-winning shot.[13] 1957–1979: Decades of struggle[edit]

Dave Bing
Dave Bing
joined the team in 1966, where in his rookie year he scored 1,601 points.

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons logo 1957–1971.

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons logo 1975–1979.

Though the Pistons enjoyed a solid local following, Fort Wayne's small size made it difficult for them to be profitable, especially as other early NBA teams based in smaller cities started folding or relocating to larger markets.[8] After the 1956–57 season, Zollner decided that Fort Wayne was too small to support an NBA team and announced the team would be playing elsewhere in the coming season. He ultimately settled on Detroit.[8] Although it was the fifth largest city in the United States at the time,[14] Detroit
Detroit
had not seen professional basketball in a decade.[15][16][17] They lost the Detroit
Detroit
Eagles due to World War II, both the Detroit
Detroit
Gems of the NBL (whose remnants became the Minneapolis Lakers) and the Detroit
Detroit
Falcons of the BAA in 1947, and the Detroit
Detroit
Vagabond Kings in 1949.[15][16][17] Zollner decided to keep the Pistons name, believing it made sense given Detroit's status as the center of the automobile industry.[8][9] The Pistons played in Olympia Stadium (home of the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL) at the time) for their first four seasons, then moved to Cobo Arena.[17][18] During the 1960s and 1970s, the Pistons were characterized by very strong individuals and weak teams.[18][19] Some of the superstars who played for the team included Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, and Bob Lanier.[20][21][22] At one point, DeBusschere was the youngest player-coach in the history of the NBA.[20] A trade during the 1968–69 season sent DeBusschere to the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
for Howard Komives and Walt Bellamy, both of whom were in the later stages of their careers.[20] DeBusschere became a key player in leading the Knicks to two NBA titles.[20] In 1974, Zollner sold the team to glass magnate Bill Davidson, who remained the team's principal owner until his death in 2009.[23] While the Pistons did qualify for the postseason in four straight seasons from 1974 to 1977, they never advanced beyond the first round.[24][25][26][27] In 1978, Davidson became displeased with Cobo Arena, but opted not to follow the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings to the under-construction Joe Louis Arena. Instead, he moved the team to the suburb of Pontiac, where they played in the 82,000 capacity Silverdome, a structure built for professional football (and the home of the Detroit
Detroit
Lions at the time).[18] 1980–1994: The Bad Boys era[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons famous "Bad Boys era" 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.[28] 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.[29] The franchise's fortunes finally began to turn in 1981, when they drafted point guard Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
from Indiana University.[30] In November 1981, the Pistons acquired Vinnie Johnson in a trade with the Seattle SuperSonics.[31] They would later acquire center Bill Laimbeer in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in February 1982.[32] Another key move by the Pistons was the hiring of head coach Chuck Daly
Chuck Daly
in 1983.[33] 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.[34] In the 1985 playoffs, Detroit
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.[28] In the 1985 NBA draft, the team selected Joe Dumars 18th overall, a selection that would prove to be very wise.[35] They also acquired Rick Mahorn
Rick Mahorn
in a trade with the Washington Bullets.[36] However, the team took a step backwards, losing in the first round of the 1986 playoffs to the more athletic Atlanta Hawks. After the series, changes were made in order to make the team more defensive-minded.[28] Prior to the 1986–87 season, the Pistons acquired more key players: John Salley
John Salley
(drafted 11th overall), Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman
(drafted 27th) and Adrian Dantley (acquired in a trade with the Utah Jazz).[37][38] The team adopted a physical, defense-oriented style of play, which eventually earned them the nickname "Bad Boys".[39] In 1987, the team reached the Eastern Conference Finals 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
Boston Garden
with seconds remaining.[40] After a Celtics' turnover, Thomas attempted to quickly inbound the ball and missed Daly's timeout signal from the bench. Larry Bird
Larry Bird
stole the inbound pass and passed it to Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson
for the game-winning layup.[40] While the Pistons would win Game 6 in Detroit, they would lose the series in a tough Game 7 back in Boston.[40][41]

A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals
1988 NBA Finals
at The Forum.

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 division title in 32 years.[28][42][43] 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
NBA Finals
for the first time since the franchise moved to Detroit.[28] The Pistons' first trip to the Finals in 32 years saw them face the Los Angeles Lakers, who were led by Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[28][44] After taking a 3–2 series lead back to Los Angeles, Detroit
Detroit
appeared poised to win their first NBA title in Game 6. In that game, Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
scored an NBA Finals
NBA Finals
record 25 points in the third quarter while playing on a severely sprained ankle.[45] However, the Lakers won the game, 103–102, on a pair of last-second free throws by Abdul-Jabbar following a controversial foul called on Bill Laimbeer, referred to by many as a "phantom foul".[45][46] With Thomas unable to compete at full strength, the Pistons narrowly fell in Game 7, 108–105.[45][47]

Chuck Daly, coach of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champions.

Prior to the 1988–89 season, the Pistons moved to Auburn Hills to play at The Palace of Auburn Hills.[48] The 1989 Pistons completed the building of their roster by trading Dantley for Mark Aguirre, a trade that Pistons' fans would criticize heavily initially, but later praise.[49][50][51][52] The team won 63 games, shattering their one-year-old franchise record, and steamrolled through the playoffs and into an NBA Finals
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
NBA Finals
MVP.[53] The Pistons successfully defended their title in 1990, despite losing Mahorn to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
in the expansion draft.[54][55] 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, Scottie Pippen, 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.[56][57][58] Advancing to their third consecutive NBA Finals, the Pistons faced the Portland Trail Blazers.[55] 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.[59] The Pistons summarily won all three games in Portland, becoming the first NBA team to sweep the middle three games on the road.[60] 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 a 15-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, "The Microwave".[55][61] Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
was named NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP.[55] The Pistons' championship run came to an end in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, as they were swept by the eventual NBA champion Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
in four games.[62] The most critical Piston
Piston
injury belonged to Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
who had suffered a wrist injury a few months prior to the NBA Playoffs.[63] The Conference Finals is best remembered for the Pistons walking off court in the last game just before it ended, unwilling to shake hands with the Bulls. After the series, Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
said, "The dirty play and the flagrant fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct, hopefully that will be eliminated from the game with them gone. I think people are happy the game will get back to a clean game."[64][65] Following this, the franchise went through a transitional period, as key players were either waived (Johnson in 1991), traded (Edwards, Salley and Rodman), or retired (Laimbeer in 1993 and Thomas in 1994).[66][67][68][69][70][30] 1994–2000: The Grant Hill
Grant Hill
era[edit] Following the 1993–94 season, in which the Pistons ended up with a 20–62 record, they were able to draft Grant Hill, a promising small forward, with the 3rd overall pick.[71][72] However, this period also saw the team make numerous questionable personnel decisions, such as the loss of free agent Allan Houston
Allan Houston
to the New York Knicks,[73] the signing of free agent wash-outs Loy Vaught and Bison Dele;[74] and head coaching changes from Ron Rothstein
Ron Rothstein
to Don Chaney
Don Chaney
to Doug Collins to Alvin Gentry
Alvin Gentry
to George Irvine in an eight-year span.[75][76][72][77] Of these coaches, only Collins had any sort of success with the Pistons, winning 54 games in the 1996–97 season.[72] The franchise even changed its team colors in 1996 from its traditional red and blue to teal, burgundy, gold and black in what proved to be a highly unpopular move with fans.[78][77] The only color that did not change was white.[78] This period has become known, often derisively, as the "teal era".[77] 2000–2008: Goin' to Work era[edit] 2000–2002: Building a contender[edit] After being swept by the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in the 2000 playoffs, Joe Dumars, who had retired following the 1998–99 season, was hired as the team's president of basketball operations.[77] He quickly faced what appeared to be a setback for the franchise, as Grant Hill
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
Ben Wallace
and Chucky Atkins
Chucky Atkins
in exchange for Hill.[77][79] Both quickly entered the Pistons' starting lineup, and Wallace would develop into a defensive stalwart in the coming years.[77][79] Conversely, Hill would play only 47 games in the following three seasons due to a recurring ankle injury.[77] The Pistons suffered through another tough season in 2000–01, going 32–50 despite Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse
averaging 29.8 points a game.[80] After the season, Dumars fired Irvine and hired Rick Carlisle, a widely respected assistant coach who had been a contributor for the Celtics during the mid-1980s.[81] The franchise also returned to its traditional red, white, and blue colors.[77]

Larry Brown coached the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and the Eastern Conference championship the following season.

Carlisle helped lead the Pistons to their first 50-win season since 1997, and their first playoff series victory since 1991 by defeating the Toronto Raptors
Toronto Raptors
in five games.[82][83] They would, however, lose to the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
in five games.[84] 2003–2008: Six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals[edit] In the 2002 offseason, Dumars revamped the Pistons' roster by signing free agent Chauncey Billups, acquiring Richard "Rip" Hamilton from the Washington Wizards, and by drafting Tayshaun Prince
Tayshaun Prince
from Kentucky.[85][86][87] The Pistons posted consecutive 50-win seasons and advanced to the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals, for the first time since 1991.[88][89] There, however, they were swept in four games by the New Jersey Nets.[90] Despite the team's improvement, Carlisle was fired in the 2003 offseason. There were believed to be five 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; second, that some of the players had not gotten along with Carlisle; third, that Carlisle's offense was thought to be conservative; fourth, that Hall of Famer Larry Brown had become available; and finally fifth, that Carlisle was rumored to have alienated owner Bill Davidson with his personality.[91][92] Brown accepted the job that summer.[93]

The starting five of the Pistons' 2004 championship team. (Left-to right: Richard Hamilton, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups, and Tayshaun Prince).

A game ticket from March 2006 between the Detroit
Detroit
Pistons and the Washington Wizards.

The Pistons are honored at the White House
White House
for the team's victory in the 2004 NBA Finals.

The Pistons' transformation into a championship team was completed with the February 2004 acquisition of Rasheed Wallace.[94] The Pistons now had another big man to pose a threat from all parts of the court.[95] The Pistons finished the season 54–28, recording their best record since 1997.[95] In the 2004 playoffs, after defeating the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
in five games, they defeated the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
in seven games after coming back from a 3–2 deficit.[95] The Pistons then defeated the Pacers, coached by Carlisle, in six tough games to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1990.[96][95] Many analysts gave the Pistons little chance to win against their opponent, 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
Gary Payton
and Karl Malone.[95][97] However, the Pistons won the series in dominating fashion, defeating Los Angeles in five games for the team's third NBA championship.[95][98] 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.[95][99] Chauncey Billups was named NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP.[95][98] With the win, Bill Davidson became the first owner to win both a NBA and NHL championship in the same year, as he had also won the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
as owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning.[23] 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.[100] They won 54 games during the regular season, their fourth consecutive season of 50 or more wins.[101] During the 2005 playoffs, they easily defeated the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
4–1 and then rallied from a 2–1 deficit to finish off the Indiana Pacers, 4–2.[102][103][104] In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons faced the Miami Heat. Once again, the Pistons fell behind.[105] However, they would ultimately win the series in seven games.[106] In the NBA Finals, the Pistons faced the San Antonio Spurs. After both teams split the first four games of the series, the turning point came at the end of game 5 in Detroit, which went into overtime. The Pistons were ahead 95–93 when Robert Horry
Robert Horry
sank the game-winning three-point basket for the Spurs with 5.8 seconds left in the extra session.[107] The Pistons fought back to win game 6 in San Antonio, setting up the first NBA Finals
NBA Finals
game 7 since 1994.[108] The Pistons then lost a hard-fought, low-scoring game to the Spurs, who won their third NBA championship since 1999.[109] The Pistons' 2004–05 season was marked by a major controversy, as well as distracting issues involving Larry Brown.[110][111] In the first month of the season, a Pacers–Pistons brawl
Pacers–Pistons brawl
erupted, one of the largest fan-player incidents in the history of American sports.[110] It resulted in heavy fines and suspensions for several players, and a great deal of NBA and media scrutiny.[110] Meanwhile, Brown was forced to leave the team on two occasions due to health concerns. During this time, he became involved in a series of rumors linking him to other job openings.[111] 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.[111][112] Brown was promptly named head coach of the New York Knicks, while the Pistons hired Flip Saunders, formerly of the Minnesota Timberwolves.[113][114]

Alternate logo from 2005 to 2017.

During the 2005–06 season, the Pistons recorded the NBA's best overall record.[115] Their 37–5 start exceeded the best start for any Detroit
Detroit
sports franchise in history and tied for the fourth-best start through 42 games in NBA history.[116][117] 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.[118] The Pistons finished the regular season with a record of 64–18, setting new franchise records for both overall and road victories (27).[115][119][120] In addition, the team set an NBA record by starting the same lineup in 73 consecutive games from the start of the season.[115] The top-seeded Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks
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.[121][122][123] Things did not improve against the second-seeded Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami defeated the Pistons in six games en route to the 2006 NBA championship.[124][125] During the 2006 offseason, the Pistons offered Ben Wallace
Ben Wallace
a four-year, $48 million contract, which would have made him the highest-paid Piston
Piston
ever at the time. However, Wallace agreed to a 4-year, $60 million contract with the Chicago Bulls.[126] To replace Ben Wallace, the Pistons signed Nazr Mohammed.[127] He struggled to fill the team's void at center, however, and the team began looking for additional help.[74] On January 16, 2007, the Pistons signed free agent Chris Webber.[128] The Pistons quickly began playing better basketball. They were only 21–15 before Webber was acquired; with him, the team went 32–14.[129][130] 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.[131] The Pistons opened the 2007 NBA Playoffs
2007 NBA Playoffs
with a 4–0 victory over the Orlando Magic, their first playoff series sweep since 1990.[132] The team advanced to face the Chicago Bulls, marking the first time that the Central Division rivals had met in the postseason since 1991.[133] After winning the first two games by 26 and 21 points, the Pistons overcame a 19-point deficit to win game 3, 81–74.[134][135][136] The Bulls avoided elimination by winning games 4 and 5, but the Pistons closed out the series, 95–85, in game 6 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fifth consecutive season.[137][138][139] In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons faced the Cleveland Cavaliers. After both teams split the first four games of the series, the turning point happened in game 5. The game is best remembered for LeBron James' performance where he scored the Cavaliers' final 29 of 30 points, including the team's final 25 points, to help defeat the Pistons 109–107 in double overtime.[140] The Pistons never recovered as they were eliminated in game 6, 98–82.[141] In the 2007 NBA draft, the Pistons selected Rodney Stuckey
Rodney Stuckey
with the 15th overall pick and Arron Afflalo
Arron Afflalo
with the 27th overall pick.[142] They also re-signed Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups
to a long-term contract, as well as re-signing top prospect Amir Johnson
Amir Johnson
and key reserve Antonio McDyess.[143][144] This season marked the 50th anniversary of the franchise in Detroit.[145] At the start of the 2007–08 season, Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace
became the Pistons' new center.[146] Upon entering his third season, Saunders became the longest-tenured Pistons coach since Chuck Daly.[147] Detroit
Detroit
finished the season with the second best record in the league at 59–23.[148] The Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
held the first seed, and many speculated that Boston was their main competition in the Eastern Conference.[148][149] In the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Detroit
Detroit
started out poorly with a game 1 loss to the seventh-seeded Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
and found themselves in a 2-games-to-1 deficit.[150][151] However, the Pistons rallied to defeat the Sixers in six games.[152] In the semifinals, the Pistons faced the Orlando Magic. The Pistons rolled out to a game 1 romp,[153] and won a tight Game 2 amid mild controversy. At the very end of the third quarter, Chauncey 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.[154] In addition to losing game 3 badly, 111–86, the Pistons also lost all-star point guard and team leader Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups
to a hamstring injury.[155] Despite his absence, the Pistons rallied from 15 down in the third 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.[156] Again with Billups sitting on the sideline, they then proceeded to win game 5 in Detroit, winning the series 4 games to 1.[157] Detroit
Detroit
advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the sixth straight season, squaring off against the Celtics. This put the Pistons second on the all-time list of most consecutive conference finals appearances, only behind the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
who appeared in eight straight conference finals from the 1981–82 to 1988–89 seasons.[158] They lost game 1 88–79, but won in game 2 on the road, 103–97, marking the Celtics' first home court loss in the postseason.[159][160] Immediately following that, the Celtics won their first road game of the postseason, 94–80, in game 3.[161] Game 4 saw the Pistons win 94–75.[162] In the pivotal game 5, they lost 106–102, despite rallying from 17 points down late in the game.[163] In game 6, the Pistons entered the fourth quarter leading 70–60, but a lack of focus, a poor game from Rasheed Wallace, and a rally-killing turnover by Tayshaun Prince
Tayshaun Prince
ultimately led to their demise; the Pistons ended their season with an 89–81 loss.[164] After that, the Celtics went on to win the 2008 NBA Finals.[165] On June 3, 2008, the Pistons announced that Flip Saunders
Flip Saunders
would not return as head coach.[166] 2008–2011: Failed express rebuilding[edit] On June 10, 2008, the Pistons hired Michael Curry to be their new head coach.[167] In November 2008, the Pistons traded key members Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess
Antonio McDyess
to the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
for Allen Iverson.[168] McDyess was later waived on November 10 and rejoined the Pistons on December 9.[169][170] The trade was marked as a start of a new rebuilding process due to Iverson's free agent status at the end of the season.[168] The season was marked with many controversies and injuries.[171][172] As a result of this, and poor play, the Pistons dropped down the standings, only clinching a playoff berth on April 10, 2009.[173] The Pistons finished the season at 39–43, securing their first losing season in eight years.[174][175] The Pistons were then swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in four games in the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs.[176] On June 30, 2009, Michael Curry was fired as head coach.[177] Iverson would sign with the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
during the offseason.[178] In the 2009–10 offseason, Dumars reached an agreement with the former Bulls guard Ben Gordon on a 5 year/$55 million contract, as well as an agreement with former Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
forward Charlie Villanueva on a 5-year contract worth $35 million.[179][180] That same month, the Pistons lost their two key members during the last few years, veterans Rasheed Wallace
Rasheed Wallace
and Antonio McDyess.[181][182] On July 8, 2009, Dumars hired former Cavaliers assistant coach John Kuester
John Kuester
to be the Pistons new head coach.[183] The Pistons would later resign Ben Wallace in August 2009.[144] Despite these changes, the team regressed even further, as they were hampered by setbacks and injuries.[184][185] On March 23, 2010, the Pistons were eliminated from playoff contention with a loss to the Indiana Pacers.[186] The Pistons finished with a 27–55 record. It was their worst record since 1994.[187] Another 50-loss season, this time finishing at 30–52, led to the firing of Kuester at the end of the 2010–11 season.[188] 2011–2015: New ownership; more struggling[edit] On April 7, 2011, the Pistons reached a long-awaited agreement to sell the franchise to billionaire Tom Gores. The deal was granted by the NBA Board of Governors in May and also included The Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre.[189][190][191] According to Crain's Detroit
Detroit
Business, the final sale price was $325 million, far lower than expected.[192] Prior to the 2011–12 season, the team decided to hire a new coach, Lawrence Frank, former head coach of the New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
and an assistant coach of the Boston Celtics.[193] The 2011–12 season was an improvement from previous years for the Pistons, although they still posted a losing record. While they started the season 4–20, they managed to win half their remaining games to finish a lockout-shortened season with a record of 25–41.[194] The team continued to build its young core with the drafting of the talented center Andre Drummond.[195] Following the 2012–13 season, coach Lawrence Frank was fired on April 18, 2013, after two losing seasons,[147][196] and on June 10, 2013, the Pistons hired former player and coach, Maurice Cheeks.[197] His tenure lasted for just a bit more than half a season, and he was replaced with interim coach John Loyer.[198][199] In April, the Pistons announced that Joe Dumars would step down as President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations, yet remain as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team.[200] On May 14, 2014, Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
was hired. Van Gundy signed a 5-year, $35 million contract to become the head coach and President of Basketball
Basketball
Operations for the team.[201] After starting the 2014–15 season with a 5–23 record, the Pistons waived Josh Smith, who was acquired in the summer of 2013.[202] The team went on a lengthy winning streak, but would only finish the season with a record of 32–50 after Brandon Jennings' Achilles injury.[203][204] 2015–2016: Return to the playoffs[edit] In the 2015 offseason, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy
Stan Van Gundy
began to change the roster to his liking by making such acquisitions as Ersan İlyasova, Marcus Morris, Aron Baynes, and Steve Blake.[205][206][207][208] They also drafted rookie Stanley Johnson with the 8th pick in the 2015 NBA draft
2015 NBA draft
and re-signed point guard Reggie Jackson.[209][210] The Pistons entered the 2015–16 season with a stronger roster than the previous season, although they lost starter Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe
to the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
in free agency.[211] Andre Drummond started the season strong, earning himself the honor of consecutive Eastern Conference Player of the Week awards for the weeks of November 1 and November 8.[212][213] The Pistons entered the All-Star break at 27–27.[214] The Pistons did surpass their win totals from the 2009–10 season to the 2014–15 season on March 9, 2016, when Detroit
Detroit
defeated the Dallas Mavericks 102–96.[215] On April 6, 2016, following a 108–104 win over the Orlando Magic, the Pistons reached 42 wins and were assured their first winning season since the 2007–08 season.[216] On April 8, 2016, the Pistons defeated the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
112–99 and clinched a playoff berth for the first time in seven years.[217] The eighth-seeded Pistons faced the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs. They were swept in four games in a highly-competitive series.[218][219] 2017: Move back to downtown Detroit[edit] Beginning with the 1978–79 season, the Pistons played their home games in suburban Oakland County (directly north of Detroit/Wayne County), first playing ten seasons at the Pontiac Silverdome, and then began play at The Palace of Auburn Hills
The Palace of Auburn Hills
starting in the 1988–89 season.[18][220][221] From 1999, when the Lakers relocated from The Forum in suburban Inglewood to Staples Center
Staples Center
in downtown Los Angeles, until the end of the 2016–17 season, the Pistons remained the only NBA franchise to play in a suburban location, ending a 39-year stay in Oakland County.[222][223] Pistons owner Tom Gores, Palace Sports & Entertainment vice chairman Arn Tellum, and Olympia Entertainment
Olympia Entertainment
(the Ilitch family's holding company that controls the Detroit
Detroit
Red Wings and Tigers) had been in negotiations over a partnership since the summer of 2015, with the Pistons possibly relocating to the new Little Caesars Arena
Little Caesars Arena
as soon as the 2017–18 season. Talks intensified just as the Pistons were set to open their 2016–17 season, and as part of the terms of the agreement, there was discussion of a possible merger between Olympia and PS&E.[224] Also contingent on a finalized agreement, the Pistons were looking for a parcel of land in the arena's vicinity, to build a new practice facility and team headquarters.[224][225] The leasing agreement/partnership needed both city and league approval to be finalized.[226][227] On November 22, 2016, the Pistons announced their intention to move to Little Caesars Arena, and the site of the Palace of Auburn Hills would be redeveloped and sold, with the arena likely to be demolished as part of the redevelopment.[228] On June 20, 2017, Detroit
Detroit
City Council approved the Pistons' move to Little Caesars Arena.[229] On August 3, 2017, it was announced that the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved the move, which made it official.[230][231] The move made Detroit
Detroit
the only U.S. city to have its Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
(MLB), National Football League
National Football League
(NFL), NBA, and NHL teams play in its downtown district, and one of only two U.S. cities to have said teams play within the city limits, the other being Philadelphia.[232] On January 29, 2018, the Pistons announced they had acquired all-star forward Blake Griffin, along with Willie Reed and Brice Johnson, from the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2019 second-round draft pick.[233] Media coverage[edit] Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Pistons broadcasters Radio[edit] The Pistons flagship radio station is WXYT-FM. There are several affiliate stations throughout Michigan.[234] The regular radio announcers are Mark Champion with play-by-play and Rick Mahorn
Rick Mahorn
with color commentary.[235] TV[edit] The Pistons' current exclusive local television rights holder is Fox Sports Detroit.[236] The regular TV announcers are George Blaha with play-by-play, Greg Kelser with color commentary, Grant Long with studio analysis and Johnny Kane or Matt Shepard with sideline reports. Logos and uniforms[edit] After moving from Fort Wayne, Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana
to Detroit
Detroit
in 1957, the Pistons' uniforms remained largely unchanged for two decades, featuring the word "Pistons" in blue block lettering. In the 1978–79 season, the team featured a uniform with lightning bolts on the sides and in the wordmark on the front of the jerseys. The team ditched the lightning bolt theme and returned to its classic block lettering and simple side panel pattern in 1981, staying with this look until 1996. That year, the Pistons changed its colors to teal, black, yellow and red, and unveiled a new logo with a horse's head and flaming mane. This uniform pattern lasted until 2001, when the team returned to the traditional red, white and blue colors, and a uniform pattern taking cues from the 1981–96 threads.[237] On August 14, 2013, the Pistons unveiled a new alternate uniform, with navy blue and red colors. It featured the words "Motor City" across the front and mark the club's first alternative look since the 2005–06 NBA season. The uniforms are the first of their kind, designed to celebrate the pride and character of metro Detroit
Detroit
while paying homage to the region's automotive roots. The team said in its press release that it "worked in consultation with adidas and the NBA in development of the uniforms. Lettering and numbering style on the jersey is consistent with the team's current home and away uniforms. To contrast the navy blue and red accents, lettering and numbers on the jerseys and shorts are white with hair-line red and blue trim. The club's secondary logo appears on the shorts – similar to the primary home and away uniforms."[238] On October 4, 2015, the Pistons unveiled a new alternate pride uniform, intended to be worn during the 2015–16 season. The team said in a press release that "the inspiration for the Detroit
Detroit
Chrome jerseys came about as a way to honor our coolest cars from the past and the cars of the future. Detroit
Detroit
is universally known as the auto capitol of the world, where chrome leaves an indelible mark on the cars we create. The uniforms feature a matte chrome base color with clean simple lines inspired by the classic muscle cars that have roared up and down Woodward Avenue for decades. The navy trim and Detroit
Detroit
emblazoned across the chest represent the blue collar work ethic that the auto industry and region was built on."[239][240] On May 16, 2017, the Pistons unveiled a new logo, which is a modernized version of the previous "Bad Boys" era logo used from 1979 to 1996.[241][242] Mascots[edit]

Sir Slam A Lot (1994–1996)

Season-by-season records[edit] Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Pistons seasons Home arenas[edit]

The Detroit
Detroit
Pistons playing in The Palace of Auburn Hills, seen here in January 2006.

Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons:

North Side High School Gym (1948–1952)[243][244][245][246] Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
(1952–1957)[247]

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons:

Olympia Stadium (1957–1961)[30] Memorial Building (University of Detroit) (1957–1961; used as an alternate when Olympia Stadium was occupied)[248][249] Cobo Arena (1961–1978)[18] Pontiac Silverdome
Pontiac Silverdome
(1978–1988)[18] The Palace of Auburn Hills
The Palace of Auburn Hills
(1988–2017)[220][221] Little Caesars Arena
Little Caesars Arena
(2017–present)[228]

Notes:

On March 12, 1960, the Pistons hosted a playoff game against the Minneapolis Lakers
Minneapolis Lakers
at Grosse Pointe High School when no other facility (including Olympia Stadium, which was booked for Ice Capades, and the University of Detroit) was available.[248] On April 27, 1984, the Pistons played game 5 of their playoff series against the New York Knicks
New York Knicks
at Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
due to a scheduling conflict.[34] During the 1984–85 season, the Silverdome's roof collapsed, causing the team to temporarily relocate to Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena
for the remaining 15 home games of the season (March 6, 1985 through May 10, 1985).[48]

Players[edit] Main article: Detroit
Detroit
Pistons all-time roster Current roster[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons roster

v t e

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

2.5 !G/F 7001250000000000000♠25 Bullock, Reggie 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991–03–16 North Carolina

1.5 !G 7001200000000000000♠20 Buycks, Dwight 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1989–03–06 Marquette

6.0 !C 5000000000000000000♠0 Drummond, Andre 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 279 lb (127 kg) 1993–08–10 Connecticut

4.0 !F 7000800000000000000♠8 Ellenson, Henry 7000210820000000000♠6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1997–01–13 Marquette

4.0 !F 7001330000000000000♠33 Ennis, James 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1990–07–01 Long Beach State

1.5 !G 7001220000000000000♠22 Felder, Kay (TW) 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1995–03–29 Oakland

1.5 !G 7000900000000000000♠9 Galloway, Langston 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–12–09 Saint Joseph's

4.0 !F 7001230000000000000♠23 Griffin, Blake 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 251 lb (114 kg) 1989–03–16 Oklahoma

4.0 !F 7001380000000000000♠38 Hearn, Reggie (TW) 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1991–08–14 Northwestern

1.5 !G 7000100000000000000♠1 Jackson, Reggie 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1990–04–16 Boston College

4.0 !F 7000700000000000000♠7 Johnson, Stanley 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1996–05–29 Arizona

1.5 !G 7000500000000000000♠5 Kennard, Luke 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1996–06–24 Duke

5.5 !F/C 7001300000000000000♠30 Leuer, Jon  7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1989–05–14 Wisconsin

5.5 !F/C 7001240000000000000♠24 Moreland, Eric 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 238 lb (108 kg) 1991–12–24 Oregon State

1.5 !G 7001410000000000000♠41 Nelson, Jameer 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1982-02-09 Saint Joseph's

1.5 !G 7001140000000000000♠14 Smith, Ish 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1988–07–05 Wake Forest

4.0 !F 7001430000000000000♠43 Tolliver, Anthony 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1985–06–01 Creighton

Head coach

Stan Van Gundy

Assistant coach(es)

Malik Allen Bob Beyer
Bob Beyer
(Associate HC) Aaron Gray Tim Hardaway Charles Klask Rex Walters Otis Smith (Player Development)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate (TW) Two-way affiliate player Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2018–03–25

Retained draft rights[edit] The Pistons hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[250] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

Retired numbers[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons retired numbers and honorees

No. Player Position Tenure Date

1 Chauncey Billups G 2002–2008 2013–2014 1 February 10, 2016[251]

2 Chuck Daly Head coach 2 1983–1992 January 25, 1997[252]

3 Ben Wallace C 2000–2006 2009–2012 3 January 16, 2016[253]

4 Joe Dumars G 1985–1999 4 March 10, 2000[252]

10 Dennis Rodman F 1986–1993 5 April 1, 2011[252]

11 Isiah Thomas G 1981–1994 February 17, 1996[252]

15 Vinnie Johnson G 1981–1991 February 5, 1994[252]

16 Bob Lanier C 1970–1980 January 9, 1993[252]

21 Dave Bing G 1966–1975 March 18, 1983[252]

32 Richard Hamilton G/F 2002–2011 February 26, 2017[254]

40 Bill Laimbeer C 1982–1994 February 4, 1995[252]

— Bill Davidson Team owner 1974–2009 6 December 28, 2011[255]

— Jack McCloskey General manager 1979–1992 7 March 29, 2008[256]

Notes:

1 Reggie Jackson currently wears the number.[257] 2 Never played in the NBA; number represents the two NBA championship teams he coached.[33] 3 Stanley Johnson wore the number at the time it was retired.[257][258] 4 Also team president from 2000–2014.[259] 5 Greg Monroe
Greg Monroe
wore the number at the time it was retired (2010–2015).[260][261][211] 6 Banner raised to honor his 35 years with the team.[255] 7 Banner raised to honor his 13 years as the team's general manager.[256]

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Fame members[edit]

Detroit
Detroit
Pistons Hall of Famers

Players

No. Name Position Tenure Inducted No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

4 Andy Phillip G/F 1952–1956 1961[262] 22 Dave DeBusschere F 1962–1968 1983[263]

17 Bob Houbregs C/F 1954–1958 1987[264] 20 Bobby McDermott G 1941–1946 1988[265]

21 Dave Bing G 1966–1975 1990[266] 11 Harry Gallatin F/C 1957–1958 1991[267]

16 Bob Lanier C 1970–1980 1992[268] 8 Walt Bellamy C 1968–1970 1993[269]

15 Dick McGuire G 1957–1960 1993[270] 12 George Yardley F/G 1953–1959 1996[271]

18 Bailey Howell F 1959–1964 1997[272] 11 Bob McAdoo F/C 1979–1981 2000[273]

11 Isiah Thomas G 1981–1994 2000[274] 17 Earl Lloyd
Earl Lloyd
1 F 1958–1960 2003[275]

4 Joe Dumars G 1985–1999 2006[276] 45 Adrian Dantley F 1986–1989 2008[277]

10 Dennis Rodman F 1986–1993 2011[278] 24 Nathaniel Clifton C/F 1956–1957 2014[279]

1 Allen Iverson G 2008–2009 2016[280] 1 Tracy McGrady G/F 2010–2011 2017[281]

33 Grant Hill F 1994–2000 2018[282] 10 Rod Thorn
Rod Thorn
4 G 1964–1965 2018

Coaches

Name Position Tenure Inducted Name Position Tenure Inducted

2 Chuck Daly Head coach 1983–1992 1994[283] Larry Brown Head coach 2003–2005 2002[284]

Earl Lloyd
Earl Lloyd
1 Head coach 1971–1972 2003[275] Dick Vitale
Dick Vitale
2 Head coach 1978–1979 2008[285]

Maurice Cheeks
Maurice Cheeks
3 Head Coach 2013-2014 2018 [286]

Contributors

Name Position Tenure Inducted Name Position Tenure Inducted

Fred Zollner Founder/Owner 1941–1974 1999[287] Bill Davidson Owner 1974–2009 2008[288]

Notes:

1 Lloyd was inducted as a contributor as the first African American player and bench coach in the NBA.[275] 2 Vitale was inducted as a contributor for his career as a college basketball broadcaster.[285] 3 Cheeks was inducted as a player for his career. [286] 4 Inducted as a contributor.

Head coaches[edit] Main article: List of Detroit
Detroit
Pistons head coaches General managers[edit]

GM history

GM Tenure

Carl Bennett 1948–1954[289]

Fred Zollner 1954–1957[289]

Otto Adams 1957[289]

Fred Delano 1957–1958[289]

W. Nicholas Kerbawy 1958–1961[289]

Francis Smith 1961–1964[289]

Don Wattrick 1964–1965[289]

Edwin Coil 1965–1975[289]

Oscar Feldman 1975–1977[289]

Bob Kauffman 1977–1978[289]

Bill Davidson 1978–1979[289]

Jack McCloskey 1979–1992[289]

Tom Wilson 1992[289]

Billy McKinney 1992–1995[289]

Doug Collins 1995–1998[289]

Rick Sund 1998–2000[289]

Joe Dumars 2000–2014[289]

Jeff Bower 2014–present[289]

Individual records and awards[edit] Franchise leaders[edit] Bold denotes still active with team. Italic denotes still active but not with team. Points scored (regular season) (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)[290]

Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
(18,822) Joe Dumars (16,401) Bob Lanier (15,488) Dave Bing
Dave Bing
(15,235) Bill Laimbeer
Bill Laimbeer
(12,665) Richard Hamilton (11,582) Vinnie Johnson (10,146) Tayshaun Prince
Tayshaun Prince
(10,006) Grant Hill
Grant Hill
(9,393) John Long (9,023) Bailey Howell (8,182) Gene Shue
Gene Shue
(8,034) Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups
(7,940) Kelly Tripucka (7,597) Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse
(7,451) Eddie Miles (7,419) George Yardley
George Yardley
(7,339) Larry Foust (7,124) Dave DeBusschere
Dave DeBusschere
(7,096) Ray Scott (6,724)

Other statistics (regular season) (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)[290]

Most minutes played

Player Minutes

Isiah Thomas 35,516

Joe Dumars 35,139

Bill Laimbeer 30,602

Tayshaun Prince 26,166

Dave Bing 26,052

Bob Lanier 24,640

Richard Hamilton 21,679

Ben Wallace 21,358

Vinnie Johnson 20,218

Lindsey Hunter 18,574

Most rebounds

Player Rebounds

Bill Laimbeer 9,430

Bob Lanier 8,063

Ben Wallace 7,264

Dennis Rodman 6,299

Larry Foust 5,200

Walter Dukes 4,986

Dave DeBusschere 4,947

Andre Drummond 4,946

Bailey Howell 4,583

Ray Scott 4,508

Most assists

Player Assists

Isiah Thomas 9,061

Joe Dumars 4,612

Dave Bing 4,330

Chauncey Billups 2,984

Grant Hill 2,720

Vinnie Johnson 2,661

Richard Hamilton 2,419

Bob Lanier 2,256

Tayshaun Prince 2,074

Lindsey Hunter 2,038

Most steals

Player Steals

Isiah Thomas 1,861

Ben Wallace 931

Joe Dumars 902

Lindsey Hunter 896

Chris Ford 785

Vinnie Johnson 708

Grant Hill 694

John Long 649

Bill Laimbeer 632

Terry Tyler 615

Most blocks

Player Blocks

Ben Wallace 1,486

Terry Tyler 1,070

Bob Lanier 859

Bill Laimbeer 857

John Salley 709

Rasheed Wallace 623

Andre Drummond 580

Tayshaun Prince 448

Jason Maxiell 426

Dennis Rodman 399

Most three-pointers made

Player 3-pointers made

Joe Dumars 990

Chauncey Billups 890

Lindsey Hunter 793

Rasheed Wallace 581

Tayshaun Prince 510

Terry Mills 495

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 479

Richard Hamilton 413

Chucky Atkins 409

Jerry Stackhouse 401

Individual awards[edit]

NBA Finals
NBA Finals
MVP

Joe Dumars – 1989[53] Isiah Thomas – 1990[55] Chauncey Billups – 2004[95][98]

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Dennis Rodman – 1990, 1991[291] Ben Wallace – 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006[291]

NBA Rookie of the Year

Don Meineke – 1953[292] Dave Bing – 1967[292] Grant Hill – 1995[292]

NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Corliss Williamson – 2002[293]

NBA Coach of the Year

Ray Scott – 1974[294] Rick Carlisle – 2002[294]

NBA Executive of the Year

Joe Dumars – 2003[295]

NBA Sportsmanship Award

Joe Dumars – 1996[296]

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Bob Lanier – 1978[297] Kent Benson – 1982[297] Isiah Thomas – 1987[297] Joe Dumars – 1994[297] Chauncey Billups – 2008[297]

All-NBA First Team

Larry Foust – 1955[298] George Yardley – 1958[298] Gene Shue – 1960[298] Dave Bing – 1968, 1971[298] Isiah Thomas – 1984–1986[298] Grant Hill – 1997[298]

All-NBA Second Team

Fred Schaus – 1950[298] Larry Foust – 1952[298] George Yardley – 1957[298] Gene Shue – 1961[298] Bailey Howell – 1963[298] Dave DeBusschere – 1969[298] Dave Bing – 1974[298] Isiah Thomas – 1983, 1987[298] Joe Dumars – 1993[298] Grant Hill – 1996, 1998–2000[298] Ben Wallace – 2003, 2004, 2006[298] Chauncey Billups – 2006[298]

All-NBA Third Team

Joe Dumars – 1990, 1991[298] Dennis Rodman – 1992[298] Ben Wallace – 2002, 2005[298] Chauncey Billups – 2007[298] Andre Drummond – 2016[298]

NBA All-Defensive First Team

Joe Dumars – 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993[299] Dennis Rodman – 1989–1993[299] Ben Wallace – 2002–2006[299]

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

M. L. Carr – 1979[299] Joe Dumars – 1991[299] Clifford Robinson – 2002[299] Chauncey Billups – 2005, 2006[299] Tayshaun Prince – 2005–2008[299]

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Dave DeBusschere – 1963[300] Joe Caldwell – 1965[300] Tom Van Arsdale – 1966[300] Dave Bing – 1967[300] Bob Lanier – 1971[300] Terry Tyler – 1979[300] Isiah Thomas – 1982[300] Kelly Tripucka – 1982[300] Joe Dumars – 1986[300] Grant Hill – 1995[300] Brandon Knight – 2012[300]

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Lindsey Hunter – 1994[300] Željko Rebrača – 2002[300] Rodney Stuckey – 2008[300] Jonas Jerebko – 2010[300] Greg Monroe – 2011[300] Andre Drummond – 2013[300] Kyle Singler – 2013[300]

NBA All-Star Weekend[edit] NBA Eastern All-Star Game head coach

Chuck Daly – 1990[301] Doug Collins – 1997[301] Flip Saunders – 2006[118][301]

NBA All-Star Game MVP

Bob Lanier  – 1974[302] Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas
 – 1984, 1986[302]

Rivalries[edit] See also: National Basketball
Basketball
Association rivalries Chicago Bulls[edit] Main article: Bulls–Pistons rivalry Boston Celtics[edit] Main article: Celtics–Pistons rivalry Los Angeles Lakers[edit] Main article: Lakers–Pistons rivalry References[edit]

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