Pistons.com All-Time Teams

The Detroit Pistons’ All-Time Team will be honored in a special pregame ceremony on April 8 versus the New York Knicks. A special one-hour tribute to the all-time team will be aired on TV20 one hour prior to the 8 p.m. tipoff, with the live announcement of the team commencing at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony can also be heard on Sports Radio 1130 WDFN. The Pistons will honor their all-time team at the ceremony, until then Pistons.com has decided to release some all-time teams of its own. New lists will be added leading up to the ceremony, so be sure to check back on Pistons.com.

NCAA Tournament MOP Team
All-Mustache Team
All-Starbucks Team
Ron Behagen All-Stars
Lindsey Hunter All-Stars

Broadcast Team
High Socks Team
Jim Rowinski All-Stars
All-Teal Team
NCAA Coaches Team

NCAA Tournament MOP Team (posted 4/7/08)
With the NCAA men’s basketball championship game being held in San Antonio tonight, Pistons.com is proud to present the 10 former Pistons who were also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament.

Howard Porter

The 6-foot-8 forward lifted Villanova to the 1971 NCAA championship game, where the Wildcats lost to UCLA. Porter, a three-time All-American, still was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. Both Villanova’s finish and Porter’s MOP award were vacated when it was discovered he dealt with an agent during the season.
Kent Benson

Benson was an All-American center for Bobby Knight’s first NCAA championship team and the last Division I team to complete an undefeated season (32-0). In the title game against fellow Big Ten rival Michigan, Benson scored 25 points on 11-of-20 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for the Hoosiers.
Isiah Thomas

The precocious Indiana sophomore performed brilliantly, scoring 23 points on 8-of-17 in the championship game against North Carolina. The 13-point victory was the closest score of the tournament for the Hoosiers, who won their four games by an average of 25 points. Three months later, Thomas would become a Detroit Piston.
Danny Manning

Manning was a one-man show for Kansas and head coach Larry Brown with 31 points, 18 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots in the championship game win over Big 8 rival Oklahoma. Nicknamed “Danny and the Miracles,” the Jayhawks entered in the tournament as a No. 5 seed.
Christian Laettner

One year before ending the historical tournament run of Michigan’s Fab Five, Laettner scored 28 points in Duke’s victory over defending champion UNLV, still one of the greatest upsets in tournament history. Laettner scored 18 points and went 12-for-12 at the line in the championship game win over Kansas.
Corliss Williamson

“Big Nasty” took MOP honors after leading Arkansas to the 1994 championship. In Final Four victories over Arizona and Duke, he was 21-of-42 from the floor (.500), and averaged 26.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 blocked shots and 2.0 steals. He led Arkansas back to the title game in 1995.
Tony Delk

Delk scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the title game for Kentucky, which became the first school to win NCAA titles under three different head coaches. Delk was one of several future pros playing for Rick Pitino, including Derek Anderson, Walter McCarty, Ron Mercer and Antoine Walker.
Rip Hamilton

Hamilton scored 16 of his 27 points in the second half of the NCAA championship game, leading the University of Connecticut to an upset win over Duke, 77-74. The All-American guard scored 20 or more points in every tournament game during the Huskies’ march to the title.
Mateen Cleaves

In a battle with upstart Florida in the NCAA title game, Cleaves sprained his ankle. Neither he nor the Spartans would be denied, however, as the All-American point guard returned to defeat the Gators and capture Michigan State’s first national championship since 1979. He had 18 points in the final.
Juan Dixon

The diminutive Dixon shot Maryland to its first NCAA championship with a game-high 17 points against Indiana in the title bout. After the Hoosiers had taken their first lead with under 10 minutes left, Dixon’s 3-pointer sparked a 9-2 run. The Terrapins did not trail again. The All-American also had five steals.

All-Mustache Team (posted 4/4/08)
You've probably seen their pictures at one point or another during our 50 Seasons Celebration (Well, maybe not Gus Gerard, who played just 59 games in Detroit. We stumbled upon his photo while searching for Don Adams and he earned an instant invite to the team.) and remarked on their impeccable grooming habits. Now we've gone ahead and placed the best in one central location for all to see. Even though the Buddha's facial hair is more than just a mustache (hair grown strictly on the upper lip), we couldn't bear excluding him from the All-Mustache Team on a technicality.

Head Coach: George Irvine

Mike Abdenour
near eternity

James Edwards

Chris Ford

Gus Gerard

Chuck Nevitt

Kelly Tripucka

Terry Tyler

All-Starbucks Team (posted 4/2/08)
Their stay with the Pistons lasted about as long as a cup of coffee (less than 10 games) but had a name sweeter than a honey latte. That’s all it took to make Pistons.com’s All-Starbucks Team. The players in both of today's categories were here for such a short time, that most of them didn't even get a photo taken of them in a Pistons jersey.

Wayman Britt

Staying close to Ann Arbor couldn’t help the former Michigan forward stay in the league longer than seven games. He had nine points, four rebounds and two assists while shooting 3-for-10 from the field.
Cornelius Cash

The forward from Bowling Green had 23 shot attempts and scored 21 points, but only one assist, which probably contributed to his Pistons tenure ending after six games.
Bubbles Hawkins

Two seasons removed from averaging 19.3 points for the New York Nets, Bubbles (a.ka. Robert) concluded his NBA career with a four-game stint in Detroit. The guard from Illinois State had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Jermaine Jackson

When it comes to the former University of Detroit guard, the “Jackson 5” refers to the free throws he made as a Piston. Unfortunately, Jackson could not “Get it Together,” making just 1 of 11 shots from the field, and was left “Lookin’ Through the Windows” after seven games. Despite playing for five teams over six seasons, Jackson never received a “Moving Violation.”
Cozell McQueen

McQueen has a pretty good stat line with Detroit: 3-for-3 from the floor for 6 points with 8 rebounds in only 7 minutes. But on a stacked team that had just added Adrian Dantley, John Salley and Dennis Rodman to its frontcourt, there was no room for the 6-foot-11 center with the Pistons after three games.
Tracy Moore

After playing 39 games and averaging 7.2 points for perhaps the worst NBA team of the 1990s - the 11-win Dallas Mavericks of 1992-93 - Moore couldn’t stick with the 20-win Pistons the next season. He scored six points in three games. Not nearly enough to qualify for the Lindsey Hunter All-Stars, but he’s welcome here.
Jackie Robinson

Jackie was born in 1955, the same year another Jackie Robinson won his only World Series ring. Twenty-four years later, the former UNLV forward got a ring, too, playing 12 games for NBA champion Seattle Supersonics. But he played just 10 more games in the NBA. Jackie broke neither color barriers nor opposing defenses, with a career scoring average of 3.8 points.
Pepe Sanchez

Inadvertently omitted from the Ron Behagen All-Stars, Pepe (a.k.a. Juan) did not score in nine games with the Pistons. He had eight assists, but his overall offensive game lacked pep, with career averages of 0.5 points and 27.3 percent shooting over 38 games.

The Ron Behagen All-Stars (posted 4/2/08)
The Detroit Pistons toiled through a 30-52 campaign in 1978-79. At some point in the season, a sixth-year vet named Ron Behagen entered a game in a Pistons jersey. He played one minute, according to the Pistons media guide, which was plenty of time for him to commit a personal foul and a turnover. He never stepped foot on a court as a Piston again. (But he did step on the neck and face of an opponent while playing at the University of Minnesota, making us wonder if he could have made the team under Jack McCloskey or Joe Dumars.)

Turns out, Behegan was a solid pro, averaging 10.3 points per game over 496 career games. In honor of those Pistons who, like Behagen, offered dubious contributions to the franchise (either appearing in only one game or never scoring) Pistons.com is proud to present the Ron Behagen All-Stars.

George Carter

Like Pistons Hall of Famer Bob Lanier, Carter played at St. Bonaventure in the late ‘60s. There end the similarities. In his only NBA game, Carter shot 1-for-2 from the floor, made his only free throw and dished an assist. Two seasons later, Carter emerged in the upstart ABA, where he averaged 18.2 points over seven seasons.
Wali Jones

The guard from Oregon spent nine years in the NBA, six with Philadelphia, before jumping to the ABA for one season in 1974-75. He made an NBA comeback in 1975-76, but it didn’t go so well. In his only game with Detroit, Jones scored eight points on 4-of-11 shooting with two assists. Then he returned to Philadelphia, where he played the last 16 games of his professional career.
Lee Johnson

The center from East Tennessee State played in two games with the Pistons, playing a total of 10 minutes and shooting twice. (He missed both.) Johnson’s NBA career concluded that same season. He also played 10 games with the Houston Rockets.
John Schweitz

The former Richmond forward owns the Behagen All-Stars team record for most games (3) without scoring. He missed his only shot, committed two fouls and a pair of turnovers. But he did grab a rebound during his seven-minute stint. We have a feeling it wasn’t enough to stick under GM Jack McCloskey’s regime.
Ratko Varda

The 7-foot-1 Serbian scored five points on 2-for-3 shooting and grabbed one rebound in his only NBA game. He has since found a stable career playing overseas.
Dale Wilkinson

The pride of Idaho State grabbed one rebound in two games, then caught on with the L.A. Clippers for 10 games. Like Lee Johnson, his brief NBA career concluded after his 12th game.
Tom Workman

No rebounds. No assists. No free throws. No blocks. The 6-foot-7 forward from Seattle entered two games, playing a total of six minutes. He missed a shot, he committed a foul and then he packed his bags for Los Angeles to join the ABA’s Stars. He averaged 11.9 points for the Stars, but played only one more pro season.

Lindsey Hunter All-Stars (posted 3/31/08)
Mike DeArmond of Minneapolis coined the term “Lindsey Hunter All-Stars” when he wrote to popular ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons, who included the email (and added a few names of his own) in his Aug. 10, 2007 mailbag column. The concept was simple: professional athletes with names that also sound like attractive women. Proud to call Lindsey one of our own, Pistons.com has released an all-Pistons roster of “Lindsey Hunter All-Stars.” With due respect to Corey Beck (8 games), Sidney Lowe (6) and Tracy Moore (3), all members played at least 50 games as a Piston.

Captain: Lindsey Hunter
1993-00, 2004-present

Dana Barros

Sidney Green

Shellie McMillon

Terry Mills
1992-97, 1999-00

Jackie Moreland

Brooke Steppe

Danny Young

All-Broadcast Team (posted 3/28/08)
Chris Webber made a guest appearance on the popular TNT NBA Thursday program Thursday (March 27) night, filling in for Kenny Smith. With one former Piston subbing for another (Smith played nine games in 1996-97), Pistons.com thought it should announce the All-Broadcast Team. It’s awesome, baby!

Head Coach: Dick Vitale

The voice of college basketball for ESPN since Dec. 1979, just one month after leaving the Pistons.
Earl Cureton

Ten years removed from his 12th and final NBA season, Cureton made his regular broadcast debut last spring on Pistons Live for Fox Sports Net Detroit.
Hubert Davis

After one last season with the Nets (he played three games in ’04 for Detroit), the 12-year vet became a color analyst for ESPN in 2005. He now is on the popular College Gameday program.
Scott Hastings

Traded to Denver, he retired there and has been the Nuggets color analyst since 1993.
Greg Kelser

The Michigan State star played only 86 games for the Pistons, but his contributions have been more extensive off the court, serving in a variety of roles for Pistons TV and radio broadcasts since 1988.
Bill Laimbeer

The longtime Bad Boy played nice with George Blaha as TV color analyst for a few seasons (2001-06) after his retirement.
Rick Mahorn
1985-89, 1996-98

After two stints as a player, Mahorn returned to Detroit a third time to serve as color analyst for Pistons radio. This is his sixth season.
Kelly Tripucka

The McCloskey draftee never wanted to leave Detroit, and he returned after his playing career to precede Laimbeer as Blaha’s partner for eight seasons, 1993-01.

High Socks Team (posted 3/26/08)
It was once the prevalent look of the NBA player, as standard to the uniform as sneakers, short shorts and sleeveless jerseys. Recently, only a few players around the league fashioned high socks on a regular basis. A few of them happened to be Pistons. Click on the thumbnails below to view the full image.

George Yardley

Detroit Pistons

Kelly Tripucka

Adrian Dantley

Jerome Williams

Corliss Williamson

Maurice Evans

Bob McAdoo

The Jim Rowinski All-Stars (posted 3/24/08)
Jim Rowinski, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward, played only six games with the Pistons during the 1989 championship season. Finding photos of Rowinski and his masterful physique proved difficult. But Pistons.com reader Dave Conley from Nashua, N.H., insists that Rowinski “had the most implausibly bulked-up biceps ever seen on a basketball court!”

You’re right, Dave. To be true to the All-Chiseled Team and the 23-game NBA veteran, Pistons.com (and Dave) would like to re-present the Jim Rowinski All-Stars.

Vinnie Johnson

Rick Mahorn
1985-89, 1996-98

Orlando Woolridge

Jerome Williams

Corliss Williamson

Ben Wallace

Antonio McDyess

Olden Polynice

All-Teal Team (posted 3/22/08)
The All-Teal team is comprised of those players who proudly wore the Pistons colors exclusively between the 1996-97 and 2000-01 seasons … when they weren’t really the Pistons colors. Rarely has a team’s uniform been so closely identified with its rebuilding effort. Far removed from the Bad Boys, the late ‘90s Pistons were searching for a new identity - and discovered teal, yellow and maroon were not it. By the time the Pistons returned to classic red, white and blue in 2001-02, the pieces were in place for the Pistons to rejoin the NBA’s elite. Until then, it was up to them: the All-Teal team, who, like the color scheme, were disappointing in the end.

Head coach: Alvin Gentry (1997-00)
Gentry was head coach for parts of three seasons, and never once coached a full 82 games. He both took over (for Doug Collins) and was replaced (by George Irvine) during the season. His only “full” campaign came in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, when he led the Pistons to a 29-21 mark. He was 73-72 overall.

Power Forward: Christian Laettner (1998-00)
After wearing out his welcome in Minnesota and Atlanta and his productivity beginning to decline, Laettner joined the Pistons in a midseason deal in 1998-99. The next season he started all 82 games, averaging 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Detroit went 42-40. Then he was dealt to Dallas in a deal for Cedric Ceballos.

Center: Bison Dele (1997-99)
Brian Williams arrived in Detroit as the team’s big free-agent signing in the summer of 1997, becoming the team’s highest paid player despite holding out most of the prior season. He had a career year in 1997-98, but the Pistons were 37-45. Then he changed his name to Bison Dele, his stats dipped and he was outplayed in a first-round playoff defeat. Dele then walked away from the Pistons, his contract and the NBA. His brother allegedly murdered him while the two sailed in the South Pacific; Dele’s body has never been found.

Small Forward: Malik Sealy (1997-98)
After two disappointing seasons with the Pacers, Sealy rediscovered his game with the L.A. Clippers. The athletic, 6-foot-8, 200-pound swingman was coming off his first 1,000-point season in 1996-97, making him an attractive free-agent signing to go with Williams. But Sealy reverted to Indiana form with Detroit, shooting 22.6 percent from 3-point range and averaging 7.7 points in 1997-98. The Pistons acquired swingman Jerry Stackhouse in December, and Sealy found himself out of the rotation until he was released the following January. He died in a car accident while playing for Minnesota.

Shooting Guard: Aaron McKie (1996-98)
Guard Stacey Augmon lasted just six months (20 games) in Pistons’ teal before being dealt to Portland for McKie and a couple of players. The third-year guard stayed not much longer than Augmon, a total of 66 games in which he averaged 5.6 points. He was traded to the 76ers in the Stackhouse deal and stayed with Philadelphia for seven seasons, helping them make a Finals appearance in 2001.

Point Guard: Mateen Cleaves (2000-01)
It worked for the Lakers in 1979, why not in 2001? Cleaves - a charismatic floor leader who had just led Michigan State to the NCAA championship - was no Magic Johnson, but he appeared to have all the intangibles of a great player. The Pistons drafted him in the first round, to the local fans’ delight. But after a one nondescript season - 5.4 points and 2.6 assists in 78 games - Cleaves was traded to Sacramento for guard Jon Barry and a future first-rounder.

Sixth Man: Jerome Williams (1996-01)
As the sole member of this team to play in every season of the Teal era, Williams earns the team captaincy. The 1996 first round draft pick played with passion and improved almost every season, making the “Junk Yard Dog” a fan favorite. But his offensive limitations made him expendable following the arrival of another scrappy undersized forward, Ben Wallace. He was traded for Corliss Williamson in 2000-01.

NCAA Coaches Team (posted 3/21/08)
In the spirit of March Madness, Pistons.com has released its list of former Pistons who might not have been great when they were here - only one played here in his prime - but they turned out to be pretty good with college kids and clipboards.

Head coach: Larry Brown (2003-05)
When Brown led the Pistons to the NBA championship in 2004, he became the first coach to win both NBA and NCAA titles. He also led Danny Manning (below) and Kansas to the 1988 Final Four, where they won it all. Brown spent five years at Kansas (1983-88), making it his second longest tenure at any job during his Hall of Fame career. Brown had another high profile college gig before the first of several NBA engagements: the UCLA Bruins from 1979-81.

Johnny Dawkins (1994-95)
Like two other players on this list, Dawkins’ solid NBA career ended after a one-season cameo with the Pistons. He wrapped up nine NBA seasons by playing 50 games for a 28-win squad. One of the greatest guards ever to come out of Duke, Dawkins has been on Coach K’s staff for 11 seasons, and has been associate head coach since 1998-99. Under Krzyzewski, Dawkins has helped Duke win the 2001 NCAA title and six ACC regular-season crowns.

Sidney Lowe (1984-85, 2005-06)
Lowe’s NBA career consisted of 193 games over four seasons and a three-year hiatus in the CBA, making his four points in six games for the Pistons during the 1984-85 season just another chance to stay in the league. He made it by becoming a respected assistant coach, which brought him back to Detroit for the 2006-07 season. Lowe left the Pistons after one year to take over at his alma mater, North Carolina State. As a head coach Lowe is known more for his wardrobe of bright red suits than his bench success. The Wolfpack have not made the NCAA Tournament in his first two seasons.

Danny Manning (2002-03)
Named the national player of the year by several organizations in 1988, Manning was an unstoppable force in leading the Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA championship. Manning’s successful 15-year NBA career concluded with a 13-game stint in Detroit during the 2002-03 season. He then returned to his alma mater to handle basketball operations. Jayhawks head coach Bill Self promoted Manning to assistant coach this season, and KU is primed for another NCAA title run.

Lorenzo Romar (1984-85)
A productive player for Golden State for three and a half seasons, Romar’s brief NBA career ended in Detroit, where he had 10 assists and seven points in five games. After head coaching stops at Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar built the University of Washington into a surprising basketball power in the Pac 10. Before missing this season’s NCAA Tournament, Romar guided the Huskies to three consecutive Sweet 16 appearances from 2005-07. UW had not even made it two years in a row prior to Romar’s arrival.

Al Skinner (1977-78)
Skinner averaged 7.9 points in his only season with the Pistons. The 6-foot-3 forward from UMass lasted five seasons as a pro in the NBA and ABA, but found real longevity on the bench. He just completed his 20th as a Division I coach, the last 11 at Boston College, where he is the alltime wins leader. He’s led the Eagles to six of the last eight NCAA Tournaments.

Corliss Williamson (2000-04)
Williamson, the only Piston to be named NBA Sixth Man of the Year, retired before the 2007-08 season. Instead of suiting up for a 13th NBA season, the former University of Arkansas Razorback and 1994 NCAA champion joined the coaching staff at Arkansas Baptist College. The historically black liberal arts college is a member of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA).