The Pistons Unforgettable 50

Top Moments from the Pistons First 50 Seasons

They weren’t always the Detroit Pistons. In the National Basketball League (NBL), they were the Detroit Eagles, the Detroit Gems and the Detroit Vagabond Kings. In the Basketball Association of America, they were the Detroit Falcons. And in the NBA, before 1957, they were the Fort Wayne Pistons.

Then, in the summer after the 1956-57 season, Mr. Fred Zollner decided to move his team the center of the automotive industry – Detroit, Michigan --- thus starting a tradition of great basketball in the Motor City.

Over their 50-year history in the Detroit area, the Pistons have experienced some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. They have three world championships but the first one took more than 30 years to capture. They have a 64-win regular season but also have a 16-win regular season mixed in. They have had Chuck Daly at the helm but they have also had Dick Vitale trying to “re-Vitalize” basketball in Detroit.

Through it all, they have become one of the most successful franchises in Detroit professional sports history.

Below, the Detroit Pistons take a walk down memory lane, looking at the most Unforgettable 50 Moments in their history. Click on any of the moments and re-live the good times, and some of the bad, that are Detroit Pistons basketball.

1. Pistons Move to Detroit
1957


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2. Yardley scores 2,000
1957-58


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3. Playoff game at GPHS
1962


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4. Dave DeBusschere is 24-year-old player-coach
1964

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5. Pistons lose flip, draft Dave Bing
1966

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6. Pistons make Lanier number 1 pick
1970

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7. Dave Bing scores 54
1971


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8. Lanier All-Star Game MVP
1974


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9. Bill Davidson buys team
1974


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10. Chris Ford steal in Game 3 vs. Bucks to win series
1976

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11. Dick Vitale hired
1978


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12. All-Star Game at Silverdome
1979

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13. McCloskey hired
1980


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14. McCloskey drafts Isiah Thomas with 2nd pick
1981

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15. Tripucka's 56 breaks Bing's mark
1983

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16. Chuck Daly hired
1983


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17. 186-184 Game
1983


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18. Isiah scores 16 in 91 seconds
1984

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19. Isiah Thomas 2-time All-Star MVP
1984 & 1986

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20. Vinnie goes off vs. Celtics; dubbed "Microwave"
1985

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21. Pistons upset Hawks, Isiah hits shot
1987

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22. East Finals: Bird steal; A.D. & Vinnie bump heads
1987

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23. Davidson buys
Roundball 1

1988

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24. Newfound popularity: 61,983 at Silverdome
1988

25. Pistons beat Celtics in 6 to win East
1988

26. Isiah scores 25 in 3rd quarter of Finals Game 6
1988

27. Palace opens
1988


28. Dantley traded for Aguirre
1989


29. Pistons beat Bulls for East title in back-to-back seasons
1989


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30. Pistons sweep to first title in franchise history
1989


31. Malice at the Palace
1991


32. Laimbeer scores 6 3's in NBA Finals
1990


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33. Vinnie's shot at 0:07 wins 2nd title in a row
1990

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34. Rodman's back-to-back Defensive POY awards
1989 & 90

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35. Pistons draft Grant Hill, he wins Rookie of the Year
1993-94

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36. Terry Mills 13 consecutive 3 pointers
1996

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37. Joe Dumars named team president
2000


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38. Wallace-Hill trade
2000



39. Stackhouse score 57, breaks season scoring record
2001

40. Awards: Carlisle - Coach, Ben - Defense, Corliss - 6th man
2002

41. Pistons come back from down 3-1 to beat Magic in 1st round
2003

42. Rasheed Wallace trade
2004



43. Chauncey's 3 at buzzer ties game in loss to Nets, Pistons still win in 7
2004

44. Prince block on Reggie
2004



45. 5 game "sweep" over Lakers for 3rd Championship
2004


46. The Palace Brawl
2004



47. Pistons beat Heat in Miami in Game 7 of East Finals
2005

48. Flip Saunders leads team to 37-5 start, record 64 wins
2006


49. 4 All-Stars
2006


50. Ben Wallace 4th Defensive POY award
2006