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The Pistons are a professional basketball that belongs to the Eastern Conference Central Division, and their court is the Little Caesars Arena located in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit Pistons Brief History

This team started as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1941, as part of the NBL, winning two titles in 1944 and 1945.

The team later joined the Basketball Association of America or BAA in 1948, and the following year this league joined the NBL to become what is now the NBA.

In 1957, the team moved to Detroit, and have won 3 NBA titles.

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Detroit Pistons Interesting Facts

  1. Joe Dumars is the only player from the Pistons to have ever worn the #4 jersey, which was retired in 2000.
  2. Chauncey Billups is the team’s all-time leader in postseason 3-pointers, with 86.

Detroit Pistons Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 3 (1989, 1990, 2004)
  • Conference titles: Western: 2 (1955, 1956) Eastern: 5 (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)
  • Division titles: 9 (1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Detroit Pistons Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the Detroit Pistons:

Joe Dumars III: He combined with Isiah Thomas to form one of the most effective backcourts in the history of the NBA.

  • 14 seasons with the Pistons, 6 times All-Star, averaged 16 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Isiah Thomas: He spent his entire professional career with Detroit, leading them to obtain two NBA titles.

  • 13 seasons with the Pistons, 12 times All-Star, averaged 19 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2000

Bob Lanier: He played in 8 NBA All-Star Games and was named the MVP of the 1974 All-Star Game, but he never acquired any NBA titles with neither the Pistons or the Bucks.

  • 10 seasons with the Pistons, 8 times All-Star, averaged 22 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 1992
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2006

Detroit Pistons Rivalries

The Pistons hold heated rivalries with 3 teams: The Bulls, the Celtics, and the Lakers.

Chicago Bulls

This is a rivalry that began during the late 1980s, the time when Michael Jordan became a superstar, and Detroit was a big playoff contender.

This is also the era when the Pistons were known as “the bad boys” of the league, as they were a very aggressive team.

During this time, Detroit was more powerful than Chicago, this during the rising stardom of Jordan.

In fact, Jordan wasn’t able to do much for his team during the 1987 playoffs as the Pistons defeated them in five matches.

And there was some real animosity between Jordan and Isiah Thomas!

This situation prevented Thomas from being part of the 1992 United States Men’s Olympic basketball team as Jordan, and Scottie Pippen mentioned that they wouldn’t play if Thomas was on the team.

Boston Celtics

This is another rivalry that was born during the 1980s, with the teams battling at the postseason five times, from 1985 to 1991.

The rivalry had its peak during the late ’80s, and involved big names such as Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Kevin McHale, Bill Laimbeer, and Robert Parish.

Los Angeles Lakers

This is a very disputed rivalry, with the Pistons being the big winners so far.

Both teams have disputed the NBA Finals 3 times: 1988, 1989, and 2004, with Detroit claiming the NBA title twice.

Their 1988 Meeting = The Phantom Foul

This is the first NBA Final both teams disputed, and it’s also when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar forced a seventh game thanks to a last-second controversial foul that’s known as the Phantom Foul.

This foul allows Kareem to go to the throw line, who sank the two free throws, making the score 103-102, and sending the game to a decisive final match, which the Lakers won 108-105, allowing LA to claim their fifth NBA title of the ’80s.

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