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Detroit Pistons

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Pistons Corner

The Detroit Pistons are a professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (the NBA).  The Detroit Pistons play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference with four other teams: the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Pistons tickets will surely be hard to come by during the 2014-2015 NBA schedule.

Detroit Pistons 2014-2015 Outlook

If you’re looking for an Eastern Conference team that might make a significant leap up the standings, consider the Detroit Pistons.

Though Detroit returns the vast majority of a roster that won only 29 games a year ago (plus Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler), Stan Van Gundy’s arrival as commanding officer will add structure and discipline.

Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings are dangerous commodities indeed. Both can shoot their team out of games if not precisely managed. For the Pistons to make noise, Van Gundy will have to rein those two in while also getting more from the rest of the roster—Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond in particular.

So we will just have to wait a see how this plays out.

The Palace of Auburn Hills

The Detroit Pistons play their home games at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Palace of Auburn Hills opened in 1988 and has also been the home for the Detroit Shock of the Women’s National Basketball Association (the WNBA) since 1998.  It is the largest arena in the NBA, as it boasts a seating capacity of 22,076 devoted die-hard Detroit Pistons fans.  The Palace of Auburn Hills has also played host to numerous memorable and historic concerts and special events during its 20 year history.

The Palace of Auburn Hills
6 Championship Drive
Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

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The Detroit Pistons originally played in the National basketball League as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons from 1941 through 1948.  In 1948, the Pistons joined the ranks of the Basketball Association of America and the team was known simply as the Fort Wayne Pistons.  Following that 1948 season, Pistons owner Fred Zollner brokered a merger between the country’s two professional basketball leagues – the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League – to form the NBA.  The newly created NBA started with the 1948-1949 season.  The Fort Wayne Pistons advanced to the NBA playoffs in all but one of its 1st nine seasons in the NBA.  Twice, the Fort Wayne Pistons lost in the NBA Finals: 4-3 to the Syracuse Nationals in 1955 and 4-1 to the Philadelphia 76ers in 1956.  The Pistons franchise remained in Fort Wayne, Indiana until 1957. 

During the summer of 1957, Mr. Zollner moved the team to Detroit, Michigan which had not had a professional basketball team since the Detroit Gems of the National Basketball League moved to Minneapolis to become the Minneapolis Lakers in 1947.  During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Detroit Pistons had many strong individual players, but weak teams.  With the likes of Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier, it was always surprising when the Detroit Pistons never mounted a serious playoff push during this stretch.  From 1957 through 1983, the furthest the Detroit Pistons ever advanced in the playoffs was the Conference Semifinals in 1974 and 1976.  The 1980’s, however, brought the era of the “Bad Boys” as the likes of Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn, John Salley, Dennis Rodman and Adrian Dantley, led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA championships in 1988-1989 and 1989-1990.  Head Coach Chuck Daly was masterful at channeling in the various individual personalities of the players on these teams to generate the team chemistry necessary for winning an NBA Championship. 

Following the heyday of the 1980’s, the Pistons experienced a funk during the Bulls’ Michael Jordan-era of the 1990’s.  During the 1990’s, the Detroit Pistons advanced to the NBA playoffs only 5 times in 10 years, losing in the 1st round each and every time.  Following that poor stretch, Former Pistons star Joe Dumars was hired as the President of Basketball Operations in 2000 and he quickly transformed the team into one the best teams in the NBA during the 2000’s.  Dumars brought in Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess to help bolster the team’s defensive prowess.  Dumars also utilized the talent of head coaches Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown and Flip Saunders to bring an important team-oriented concept to the franchise.  And starting with the 2001-2002 season, the Detroit Pistons have advanced to at least the Conference Semifinals in 6 consecutive years.  The Detroit Pistons recorded the franchise’s 3rd NBA Championship in 2003-2004 with a dominating 4-1 series victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Detroit Pistons advanced to the NBA Finals the following year, but they lost to the San Antonio Spurs 4-3.  And while the Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2007, the Detroit Pistons are still considered one of the best teams in the NBA.                            

The Detroit Pistons have retired the following players’ numbers:  Chuck Daly’s #2 (the number 2 represents the 2 NBA Championship teams he coached with the Detroit Pistons); Joe Dumars’ #4; Isiah Thomas’ #11; Vinnie Johnson’s #15; Bob Lanier’s #16; Dave Bing’s #21; and Bill Laimbeer’s #40.  The Detroit Pistons have also honored team owner (since 1974) William Davidson with an honorary banner for his more than 30 years of service with the Detroit Pistons.