28 Nov

Detroit Pistons

  • NBA Championships: 3
  • Last NBA Championship: 2004
  • Claim to Fame: The Bad Boys clawed and elbowed their way to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.
  • Claim to Shame: The Pistons made the most regrettable draft day decision of all time in 2003 when they selected Serbian big man Darko Milicic ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade.

Contrary to popular belief the Pistons didn’t spring into existence in the Motor City. This longstanding franchise was actually founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and played one lackluster season in the now defunct BAA before jumping ship and joining the NBA in 1949. The Pistons remained in “Summit City” for eight more seasons, during which time they went to the NBA Finals twice in 1955 and 1956.

The Pistons had trouble turning a profit in Fort Wayne and headed down the highway to Detroit in 1957. The move helped their bottom line enormously, but the team struggled to win and didn’t become a major force until the early 1980’s after drafting Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman and acquiring bruising center Bill Laimbeer from the Cavaliers. That fearsome foursome formed the core of the team’s Bad Boys roster that helped them unseat the Celtics and Lakers and win back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.

The Pistons added a third title in 2004 when they defeated the heavily favored Lakers in just five games. The victory was all the more surprising given the fact that LA’s starting lineup featured four first ballot Hall of Famers in Gary Payton, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O’Neal. Detroit returned to the Finals the following year, but lost a hard-fought seven game series to the Spurs.

The Pistons have missed the playoffs in each of the last two years and finished 19th in offensive rating and 11th in defensive rating in 2017-18. Their poor performance led to the ouster of head coach Stan Van Gundy and the hiring of 2018 NBA Coach of the Year Dwane Casey. The Pistons are hopeful Casey will be able to get the most out of underperforming stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin and push the Pistons back into the postseason.

ATS Record

Overall Home Away
19-33-1 11-17-0 8-16-1

Over/Under Record

Overall Home Away
33-20-0 20-8-0 13-12-0

Team defense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 17 111.3
FG % 26 0.5
3P % 23 0.4
DREB 26 32.6
BPG 19 4.7
SPG 15 7.6

Team offense

Type Rank Season Stats
PPG 22 108.9
APG 14 24.3
FG % 15 0.5
3P % 5 0.4
OREB 21 9.9
TO 25 15.4

Team standings

Name Record Div Record Streak
CHI 19-33-0 6-8-0 3L
CLE 13-39-0 4-8-0 5L
DET 19-34-0 5-9-0 1W
IND 31-20-0 5-6-0 3L
MIL 43-7-0 11-0-0 2W

Team leaders

Name Score Achievement
Derrick Rose 19 Points
Andre Drummond 16 Rebounds
Derrick Rose 6 Assists
Andre Drummond 2 Steals
Andre Drummond 2 Blocks

Injury reports

Player Injury Status Notes
Blake Griffin Knee out Griffin had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Lasted Updated: 01/22/2020
Luke Kennard Knee out Kennard is dealing with bilateral knee soreness, and he is not expected to return until at least the end of February. Lasted Updated: 01/14/2020
Markieff Morris Hip questionable Morris has been held out the past two games with a right hip strain, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Suns on Wednesday. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
Svi Mykhailiuk Hip questionable Mykhailiuk sat out the previous game duet o a right hip strain, and it is unknown if he will active for Wednesday's tilt against the Suns. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
Derrick Rose Groin questionable Rose missed the previous game due to an adductor strain, and it is unclear if he will play Wednesday against the Suns. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
Khyri Thomas Foot out Thomas is recovering from surgery on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. It is uncertain if he will return Friday against the Thunder. Lasted Updated: 02/03/2020
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