Head Coach: Dwane Casey
The Detroit Pistons are based in Detroit, Michigan and competes in the league as part of the Eastern Conference Central Division. The franchise was founded in 1941 as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons and played in the National Basketball League, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they won two consecutive NBL championships in 1944 and 1945. The Pistons joined the Basketball Association of America in 1948 before becoming part of the NBA after the 1949 NBL and BAA merger.
The 1956/57 season proved that Fort Wayne’s small size made it difficult for the team to earn profits. This forced the team to move to a larger city, which ultimately led them to Detroit. Following the relocation, the franchise struggled to find success in their earlier years. It was only until the 1980s when the Pistons gained momentum. After building a team comprised of names like Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Rick Mahorn, and Dennis Rodman, the Pistons were able to make regular trips to the playoffs. As is stands, the Pistons record 3 championship titles won in 1989, 1990, and 2004, 7 conference titles, and 9 division titles.
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