The Detroit Pistons are a franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA) based in Auburn Hills, Michigan in Metro Detroit. Since moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons have won NBA championships in 1989, 1990 and 2004. The team’s home arena is The Palace of Auburn Hills. The Detroit Pistons’ team colors are Blue, Red, Navy, White.
Isiah Thomas is not only one of the greatest NBA players ever, but also the greatest player in Detroit Pistons’ history. He is the franchise leader in points (18,822), assists (9,061), steals (1,861), and free throws made (4,036). Isiah Thomas was the face and leader of the Detroit Pistons during all 13 of his NBA seasons with the team. He led the “Bad Boys” Detroit Pistons to NBA championships in 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons. Isiah Thomas is a 12-time NBA All-Star, 1990 NBA Finals MVP, and a 2-time NBA All-Star Game MVP.
Joe Dumars is one of the greatest to wear a Pistons uniform. He played each of his 14 seasons with the Pistons, where he has made the most three pointers in franchise history, is second in both points and assists, and is third in steals. Joe Dumars could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly effective defender. Allegedly, he guarded Michael Jordan the best. Joe Dumars helped the Detroit Pistons win back-to-back NBA championships in 1989 and 1990. He is a 6-time NBA All-Star, the 1989 NBA Finals MVP, and the winner of the1996 NBA Sportsmanship Award.
Grant Hill was one of the best all-around players in the game during his six years with the Detroit Pistons. Most knew he had the potential to be one of the greatest ever in NBA history. As the “point forward” for the Pistons for three NBA seasons, Grant Hill became one of the two players in NBA history to lead their teams in points, rebounds, and assists per game three times. If Grant Hill were not plagued by injuries, he would have been an NBA champion. Grant Hill is a 7-time NBA All-Star, 1995 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year, and three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
Dennis Rodman became a star with the Detroit Pistons. As the starting power forward, he was the best defender on the Pistons’ 1989 and 1990 championship teams. Rodman was skilled enough to guard all five positions, which is rare. He won Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1990 and 1991 and was named NBA All-Defensive first team five straight times from 1989-93. Widely considered the best rebounding forward in NBA history, Rodman led the NBA in rebounding for seven-straight seasons from 92-98, the first two coming with the Pistons.
Ben Wallace exemplified what it meant to be a Detroit Piston in the new millennium. He played defense with strength, hustle, and toughness. His defensive dominance in his six years tenure (2000-2006) with the Pistons earned him four Defensive Player of the Year awards. He also led the NBA in rebounds twice (2001 and 2003) and blocks in 2002. Ben Wallace played a significant role in helping the Detroit Pistons upset the LA Lakers to win the 2004 NBA championship. He is currently the Pistons’ all-time leader in blocked shots and ranks second in steals, and third in rebounds.