Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons were first founded in Fort Wayne, IN in 1941 then moved to Detroit in 1957. The Pistons play in Detroit still today in Little Caesars Arena, which seats 20,491 people. They are a member of the central division and the eastern conference in the NBA.

They are currently coached by Dwane Casey (former Raptors coach) and are owned by Tom Gores. Their team colors are blue and red and their mascot is a horse-like figure named Hooper.

History

The Detroit Pistons are a franchise with a storied past. Dating back to around 80 years ago, The Pistons have been a mainstay in professional basketball. Throughout their history The Pistons have won three NBA Championships with the most recent coming in the 2003-04 season (they also won in 1989 and 1990). The Pistons are actually the only team to win an NBA Championship without having a past/present/future MVP on the team, and they did it three times! The most well known Pistons team came in the late 80's and early 90's and were called The Bad Boys.

The Bad Boys

The Bad Boys were one of the most well known teams in NBA history. They played during the same time as legendary superstars Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan. Despite the stiff competition they faced, the Pistons won two championships. The teams led by point guard Isiah Thomas as well as the supporting cast of Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, and Bill Laimbeer, played a physical brand of basketball. They were known for their physicality and are even considered by many to have played dirty, with a lot of cheap shots. They are responsible for a series of rule changes implemented in the NBA to decrease the physical contact that was allowed.

Notable Players

The Pistons have numerous players scattered throughout their history that are remembered for the talent as well as impact on the team. The Bad Boys team provided well known players Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, and Bill Laimbeer. The 2004 championship Pistons had Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace. Some other big time Pistons players are current stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin, as well as older players Grant Hill, and Bob Lanier.

Present Day

Currently The Pistons are an okay team, this past season making the playoffs as an 8 seed where they lost to The Bucks. However, in the 10 previous years they have not finished above the 8 seed as well as have not won a playoff game. In the 2019 draft they selected Sekou Doumbouya with the 15th pick as well as Jordan Bone later. Those moves coupled with the signing of free agent Derrick Rose signal that the team plans to compete for the playoffs right now as opposed to building for the future.


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