Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Pistons are an American basketball team based out of Detroit, which plays in the professional basketball league NBA ( in the Eastern Conference, Central Division ). Play their home games in the franchise at the Palace of Auburn Hills, which is located 50 miles from Downtown Detroit. In April 2011, was bought by American billionaire Detroit Pistons Tom Gores.

Team History

Fred Zollner, owner of the " Zollner Machine Works ," which produced pistons for General Motors, the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons founded ( Pistons, English for piston) in 1941., The team joined the National Basketball League ( NBL ) in, a league which consisted mainly of teams that have been established by companies from the Midwest of the United States and / or promoted.

From 1943 to 1946, the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons had the best win - loss ratio of the league and won the title in both 1944 and 1945.

The remaining two years in the NBL could the Pistons make the playoffs, losing both times against the Rochester Royals. After the season, the Pistons as the Minneapolis Lakers, the Rochester Royals and Indianapolis Jets changed in the NBA.

From the NBL to the BAA for the NBA (1948-1957)

1948 joined the team along with a few other teams, led by Maurice Podoloff in the NBA. In the first season they have won 22 victories in 38 defeats and thus missed the playoffs.

The next season the Pistons were able to finish with 28 obtained from 40 games, reaching the playoffs, where they were eliminated in the second round against the Minneapolis Lakers. The following season was less successful, they reached 32 victories in 78 games. The next two seasons they parted against the Rochester Royals once in three, the second time in two games from. In the season 1952/53, they could improve again, won three games more than they lost and went into the playoffs, the Rochester Royals defeated in the third game and then eliminated in the second round. The next season was equally successful, but they won no game in the post season, they lost in a round-robin tournament against Minneapolis and Rochester and secreted from so. 1955 and 1956 they could reach the finals. In 1955 she lost in the seventh game with only one point difference against the Syracuse Nationals. A year later, they lost in five games against the Philadelphia Warriors.

Coaches and Arenas (1957-1966)

By moving some coaching change came about. Charles Eckman, Red Rocha, Dick McGuire, Charles Wolf, Dave DeBusschere, Donnis Butcher, Paul Seymour, Butch van Breda Kolff, Terry Dischinger and Earl Lloyd had held this position 1957-1966.

From the 1961/62 season the Pistons denied their home games at Cobo Arena ( up to and including the 1977/ 78). 1962 drafteten the Pistons Dave DeBusschere, who could pick up one behind the other in his playing days for the Pistons three seasons most rebounds by the team. He was traded to the New York Knicks in 1968, with which he was able to celebrate some successes.

The Dave Bing and Bob Lanier era (1966-1980)

The Pistons got the second pick in the NBA Draft be drawn in 1966 and chose Dave Bing. He was elected in his first year to the NBA Rookie of the Year. In 1970, the Pistons secured in the NBA draft with the first pick the rights to Bob Lanier, who was to become a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later also. In the 1970/71 season Dave Bing scored 54 points in a game and put 2213 points set a record for most points in one season by a Pistons player on.

In 1973/74 by Fred Zollner Pistons which were sold to a US-led William Davidson Group. After this season, Dave Bing was traded to Washington. 1976/77 put the Pistons the team record of 877 steals in a season. The Pistons denied from the 1978/79 season their home games at the Pontiac Silverdome where they should remain for the next ten years. In the NBA season 1979/80, the Pistons lost their last 14 games and the start of the following season, their first 7 games, which meant 21 losses in a row. Thus, they set a new negative record in the NBA.

The Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars era (1980-1988)

With the second pick in the 1981 NBA Draft, the Pistons Isiah Thomas secured a Guard of Indiana University, who previously led his college team to the NCAA Championship title in the year and was voted the best player of the tournament. In November this year, the Pistons Vinnie Johnson and in the following February, Bill Laimbeer and Kenny Carr brought by trade.

In 1983 the Pistons Chuck Daly, who subsequently become one of the ten best coaches in the NBA should be appointed, 20 years later, as a new coach. On December 13, In 1983 the Pistons against the Denver Nuggets to a day in the NBA unbroken record, by able to prevail against their enemies with 186:184 in the third extension. Top scorer of the game was with 51 points Kiki Vandeweghe, one of the best players in the Nuggets at this time. In January 1984, Kelly Tripucka scored 56 points in a jersey of the Pistons, breaking Dave Bing's former team record of 54 points. In the All-Star Game was Isiah Thomas, also a player of the Pistons, thanks to 21 points and 15 assists, the Most Valuable Player of this game. In the 1985 NBA Draft the Pistons committed the Guard Joe Dumars from McNeese State University. In the 1985/86 season Isiah Thomas was the second time MVP of the All- Star Games.

The first NBA title (1988-1989)

Nine years after the worst season in the history of the Pistons in 1989 they moved to the Palace of Auburn Hills and were able to finish their first season in the new arena with 63 victories. Your guard -oriented offense around Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars and the " Bad Boys " setting quickly became her trademark. Bill Laimbeer was because of his tough style of play quickly becoming one of the most unpopular players of the fans of opposing teams. Other players such as Mark Aguirre, Dennis Rodman, Rick Mahorn, James Edwards and John Salley were other components of the squad.

In the NBA playoffs they beat Boston and Milwaukee, both times with a sweep. Against the Chicago Bulls they could prevail in six games, which they reached the final and as in the previous year met the Los Angeles Lakers. This year, the injury -plagued Lakers had the Pistons but nothing to oppose and Detroit was able to bring the first NBA title in four games. The last game of this series was also the last game in the NBA career of one of the superstars of the Lakers and the player with the most points in NBA history, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar. Joe Dumars was named MVP of the NBA Finals. The team this season has been appointed by the NBA as one of the top 10 teams in the history of the league.

The second NBA title (1989-1990)

Like last year, the tough defense this season was the hallmark of the Pistons. From 23 January 1990 to 21 March 1990, she won 25 of 26 games, the whole season was completed with 59 wins and 23 defeats. They held their opponents averaged 98.3 points per game, which was due not least to this year's " NBA Defensive Player of the Year" Dennis Rodman. Again they could prevail without problems in the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs before they met with the Chicago Bulls and their superstar Michael Jordan. It took seven games, until they could actually beat the Bulls for the third year in a row. In the NBA Finals, they met this time on the Portland Trail Blazers, but had to admit defeat to the Pistons after only five games themselves. This year Isiah Thomas was named NBA Finals MVP.

Reconstruction (1990-1994)

After two title wins in a row, the Pistons began to falter. So it was enough in the 1990/91 NBA season "only" for 50 wins and the Eastern Conference Finals they met for the third year in a row on the Chicago Bulls, in which they, however, the Chicago Bulls led after four games, had to give Michael Jordan, beaten. The Bulls were later champion by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. The second consecutive election of Dennis Rodman for " NBA Defensive Player of the Year" after this season was little consolation for the Detroit Pistons. Dennis Rodman recorded in the next season an average of 18.7 rebounds per game, breaking several team records for most rebounds total in a season with 1,530, for most offensive rebounds with 523, and the record for most defensive rebounds with 1,007 throughout the season. Furthermore, it obtained on 4 March 1992 in a game against Indiana 34 rebounds. 10 days later he took 22 defensive rebounds against Sacramento.

After a few years at the top of the league, it went downhill for the Pistons. 1992/93 it was enough only for 40 wins and in the offseason trade to Dennis Rodman to the San Antonio Spurs. Bill Laimbeer announced his retirement after 11 seasons as a professional basketball player known and there were only two players from the days of NBA titles profits left, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. It was enough during this reconstruction in the NBA season 1993/94 only for 20 victories in 62 defeats, which represented the second-worst defeats profit ratio in the league. Only the Dallas Mavericks were able to celebrate even fewer victories with 13.

The Grant Hill era (1994-2000)

With the third overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, the Pistons secured the rights to Grant Hill, a player from Duke University. The team could not keep up with the competition again and had to deal with 28 victories satisfied from the 82 games. Grant Hill was able to record for himself in his first season 19.9 points per game. He was the first rookie, who received the most votes in fan voting for the All -Star Game. At the end of the season he was selected along with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA " Co - Rookie of the Year."

Doug Collins, the new coach of the Pistons could lead the team in his first season in this office back in the playoffs. With 46 wins in 82 games, they won 18 games over the previous year, but were already in the first round of the NBA playoffs defeated by the Orlando Magic. Grant Hill again got more votes than Michael Jordan in fan voting for the All -Star Game. He led the league with ten triple- doubles and was able to average 20.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game to achieve in the season. After the season, he was part of the national basketball team of the U.S. and took in Atlanta with the Dream Team gold medal. Meanwhile signed Allan Houston, whose contract expired after the season, a new, but not at the Detroit Pistons, but with the New York Knicks.

Two years after the Pistons were able to reach only 28 wins in a season, it was possible for them this season to get 54 wins in the season and reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. The project ended with an off again in the first round, this time against the Atlanta Hawks. As in the two previous years, Grant Hill was the best player by reaching 13 triple- doubles and an average of 21.4 points, 9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals throughout the season could hold. These statistics make him the third year in a row to an NBA All-Star.

The Pistons got themselves with Brian Williams a new center, pledged Jerry Stackhouse and replaced during the season their coach Doug Collins by Alvin Gentry. It was not enough for the playoffs, Grant Hill was elected for the fourth time in a row to an All- Star.

Joe Dumars retired after this season and a 14- year career as a player in the NBA. Achieved he had two NBA championship titles, six All-Star nominations and a " NBA Finals MVP " trophy from the year 1989. At the time of the announcement of his retirement he was the player with the most games for the Pistons had played with 1,018 and also with the 16,401 achieved most points for the franchise. The following year, the Detroit Pistons were defeated in the playoffs to the Miami Heat.

Reconstruction team (2000-2003)

A year after his retirement as a player Joe Dumars was named "Team President of Basketball Operations ," with the Detroit Pistons. Grant Hill, whose contract had expired, decided to leave the Pistons for the Orlando Magic. But before they let him go completely, the Pistons decided on a so-called sign- and- trade with the Magic and sent Grant Hill to Orlando, but got Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins back in return. The NBA season 2000/ 01 ended the Pistons with 32 wins after 82 games. After the season, Joe Dumars fired coach George Irvine and presented as new coach Rick Carlisle a.

In the 2001 /02 NBA season Carlisle helped the Pistons since 1997 to end its first season with 50 victories and to win their first playoff series since 1991. In summer 2002, the Pistons presented to their entire squad. Joe Dumars took the free agent Chauncey Billups under contract, Richard Hamilton fetched via Trade and secured the rights to Tayshaun Prince in the NBA Draft. The Pistons were able to again reach over 50 wins in the 2002/ 03 NBA season and made ​​it to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they had to give themselves the New Jersey Nets defeated. Despite the upturn Rick Carlisle had to leave the team in the summer of 2003, after Larry Brown was hired as the new coach.

The third title (2003-2004)

In the NBA Draft, the Pistons secured the rights to Darko Miličić. In February 2004, they got Rasheed Wallace via trade. The season they closed off with 54 victories and 28 defeats, which corresponded to their best season since 1997. In the NBA playoffs, they met in the first round to the Milwaukee Bucks and failed to qualify after five games for the next round in which they were able to defeat the New Jersey Nets in seven games.

In the Eastern Conference Finals they could prevail in six games against the Indiana Pacers and moved the first time since 1990, again in the NBA Finals one. There they stood against the Los Angeles Lakers, who could win the title in the years 2000 to 2002 and were with their team around Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Gary Payton as a clear favorite. After five dominated by the Pistons games ( three of the four wins were by double-digit points difference ), the Detroit Pistons were able, however, successfully enforce against their opponents from the west coast and brought its total third NBA title. Chauncey Billups was selected to the NBA Finals MVP and this victory made the owner of the Pistons, William Davidson, the first owner, who in the same year won an NBA and an NHL title (Tampa Bay Lightning).

Title Fight (2004-2008)

The Pistons underwent a major change, which mainly concerned their substitutes. Mehmet Okur, Mike James and Corliss Williamson left the team. In the first month of the new season, it came to the so-called Pacers - Pistons Brawl, one of the most well-known North American physical confrontation between players and fans. Metta World Peace, then still as Ron Artest and the Indiana Pacers jersey, it rose into the audience in order to mess with a fan who had pelted him with a paper cup full of beer.

However, the Pistons were considered contenders for the title of the NBA season 2004/ 05 and reached 54 wins in the regular season. After the Pistons were able to prevail in the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers, they had to the young Miami Heat Dwyane Wade ask around in the Eastern Conference Finals. After seven games, the Pistons were able to prevail, then they met in the finals of the San Antonio Spurs. The series went seven games long (the first seventh game of the NBA Finals since 1994), but it was not enough to win for the Pistons. The Spurs on the other hand were able to secure their third title since 1999.

The NBA season 2005/ 06 started for the Detroit Pistons with 37 wins and five defeats, the best sport overarching start to a season, the ever a professional team of Detroit was able to record for himself and the second-best start, the one team in the NBA had. Four of the regulars of the Pistons were selected to NBA All-Stars ( Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace ) and the coach of the Pistons, Flip Saunders has been appointed coach of the " NBA Eastern Conference All- Stars." With their 64 wins in the season featured the Pistons to a new internal team record. In the playoffs, they sat down against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers through, but no more, it was enough to beat the Miami Heat with the outstanding Dwyane Wade in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami was able to secure the title against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals then.

In the offseason of 2006, the Treaty of Ben Wallace ran out and the Pistons offered him a new contract over four years and 48 million dollars, he decided against it and changed for 60 million U.S. dollars to the Chicago Bulls. The Pistons replaced him with Nazr Mohammed as a center. On 17 January 2007, the current NBA season 2006/ 07, the Pistons took the free agent Chris Webber under contract. Before that, she had 21 wins and 15 defeats, with him they were able to record 32 wins and just 14 defeats in the rest of the season. In the playoffs, the Pistons against the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls prevailed. In the Eastern Conference Finals but were beaten in six games to the Cleveland Cavaliers around LeBron James.

The NBA season 2007/ 08 was the fiftieth season of the Pistons in Detroit. In the NBA draft, they secured the rights to Rodney Stuckey and Arron Afflalo and the contracts of Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Amir Johnson have been extended. With start of the season, they decided to leave to start as center Rasheed Wallace and the Pistons finished the season with 59 wins in 82 games, which represented the league 's second best record. In the playoffs, the Pistons put first through against the Philadelphia 76ers, and then against the Orlando Magic, however, they brought more problems than in previous years. In their sixth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals the Pistons faced the Boston Celtics, who had made ​​some changes to their squad ahead of the season. In addition to Paul Pierce, the long-time superstar of the team, the Celtics were able to reinforce with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The first game went to Boston, the second game went to Detroit, which also represented the first home defeat of the Celtics in the NBA Playoffs 2008. Game three went back to Boston and play four then again at Detroit. However, the next two games, the Celtics were able to decide for themselves and so were the playoffs for the Pistons over. In the further course of the tournament, the Boston Celtics were able to prevail in the NBA Finals. After the season, the Pistons Coach Flip Saunders parted.

Allen Iverson (2008-2009)

On June 10, 2008 Michael Curry was appointed as the new coach of the Pistons. In July, Will Bynum and Kwame Brown were put under contract and on November 3, 2008 there was a change: Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb were sent via trade to the Denver Nuggets and the Pistons got Allen Iverson back. Antonio McDyess, however, was placed on the Waiver list of the Nuggets and then signed on 9 December 2008 again a contract in Detroit. However, Allen Iverson could not bring about the hoped- turn and the Pistons were getting worse due to controversial decisions of the new coaches and a flawed team cohesion. There were more injuries in the regular players. Despite only 39 victories the Pistons managed to qualify for the playoffs. The presented its first NBA season is since 2000/01, in which they score less than 50 wins. In the NBA playoffs, they had to admit defeat after four games, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Reconstruction (2009-2010)

In the NBA Draft, the Pistons secured with the 15th pick Austin Daye and in the second round still DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko. On June 30, 2009 Michael Curry was fired after only one year as coach of the Detroit Pistons. Replacement they found a month later in John Kuester, a former assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons Ben Gordon picked up for five years and 55 million dollars, and Charlie Villanueva for five years and 35 million U.S. dollars. Rasheed Wallace left the Pistons and signed a contract with the Boston Celtics. The Pistons picked up Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox to strengthen the frontcourt. With only 27 wins made ​​it the Pistons not in the NBA playoffs.

Tracy McGrady (2010-2011)

In the 2010 NBA Draft, the Pistons secured with the seventh pick Greg Monroe from Georgetown University and Terrico White of the University of Mississippi in the second round. They also adopted Tracy McGrady under contract and extended the contracts of Ben Wallace and Will Bynum. Chris Wilcox took the player option in his contract and remained the Pistons thus also for another year received. The Pistons were able to win 21 of the first 60 games. Coach John Kuester had the beginning of January Richard Hamilton assigned the role of a Auswechselspielers and barely set up. There were rumors of further disputes between the players and the coach of the Pistons. Some of the players, such as Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady and Tayshaun Prince, it was before the 60th game too much. They decided to conduct a player protest by deliberately did not appear to be a workout. Coach Kuester drew the consequences, not to set up the players and had said in that 60th game one consisting of six squad. In June 2011, Kuester was fired as head coach. His successor at the Pistons was Lawrence Frank. In the 2011/12 season the Pistons as the year before, again missed the playoffs.

Since 2012/13

On November 8, the Pistons ended a series of 669 games, the second longest in the NBA without a player scored a triple-double. Greg Monroe arrive at the 103:105 defeat at the Sacramento Kings 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. The so far last succeeded Chauncey Billups ( 20/10/11 ) on 20 February 2004 at 87:88 defeat against the Minnesota Timberwolves. As of November 2012 keep the Indiana Pacers with 767 consecutive games in this respect the negative record. The Pistons started after 1962/63 and 1980/81 for the third time in their history with no win and seven defeats. The eighth season game could be won both times. The season ended with 29 wins and 53 losses again in the cellar of the Eastern Conference table. Shortly after the end of the season head coach Lawrence Frank was fired by the management of the Pistons. His successor was Maurice Cheeks, who had previously worked as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

However, the team was able to meet the expectations during the 2013/2014 season rare. Instead of the Play Offs play along the Pistons ranked again in no man's land of the Table of the Eastern Conference. As a consequence, had to take ahead of schedule in February 2014 his hat head coach Maurice Cheeks. Successor as head coach until end of season was his former assistant coach John Loyer.

Current squad

Honors and significant achievements