Detroit Pistons – The Pistons franchise had its start in 1948, serving a member of the Basketball Association of America. Then located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the team played just one season under the BAA banner, posting a 22-38 record.
Following the Pistons inaugural campaign, the BAA merged with the National Basketball League to form what is now the NBA. The Fort Wayne Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957 and they carried their success with them.
The Pistons, who twice reached the NBA Finals while playing in Fort Wayne, qualified for the playoffs from 1951 to 1963. In spite of that impressive stretch, they were never able to win a championship.
Detroit’s first title would not come until 1989 when head coach Chuck Daly led his squad to a 4-0 sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, avenging its 1-4 NBA Finals loss to L.A. the previous year.
Daly’s crew, known as ‘The Bad Boys’, featured some of the franchise’s all-time great players, including Isaiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Thomas remains the Pistons career leader in assists, points and steals while Dumars played more games than any other Detroit player at 1018.
Detroit recorded its third NBA Finals victory in 2004 with the legendary Larry Brown on the bench. Brown guided a team led by Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups to a 4-1 series win over the Lakers.
In all, the Pistons have won nine division titles, seven conference championships and three NBA Finals trophies.
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