The Detroit Pistons franchise is a hallmark organization in the NBA. The team has won three titles and made the playoffs 42 times.
For this piece, we'll be taking a look back at the five best Pistons teams in franchise history. The Fort Wayne Pistons was the franchise's first name before becoming the Detroit Pistons in 1957.
Under the guidance of the late Flip Saunders, the Pistons won 64 games in the regular season. Detroit had the third-best defense in the league. The Motor City team gave up only 90.2 points a game.
Behind Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace, the Pistons got to the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals by taking out the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, the Miami Heat defeated Detroit in the conference finals in six games.
The Pistons captured 54 wins in the regular season and boasted the second-best defense in the NBA by allowing 89.5 points per game.
Detroit eliminated the Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers and Heat to reach the 2005 NBA Finals.
The San Antonio Spurs stood in the way of Detroit winning a ring. Tim Duncan and the Spurs wound up winning the series in seven epic games.
Once again, Detroit had a suffocating defense. The Pistons gave up 84.3 points a night and were pests for 48 minutes.
Detroit won 54 games in the regular season. The team had to get through the Bucks, New Jersey Nets and Pacers just to advance to the 2004 Finals.
In the Finals, the Pistons shocked the world by taking out the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Chauncey Billups won Finals MVP after averaging 21.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists.
Chuck Daly's crew won 59 games in the regular season behind the Bad Boys crew which featured Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman and Vinnie Johnson.
The Pistons reached the 1990 Finals by defeating the Pacers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls in the East playoffs.
During the 1990 Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Thomas averaged 27.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 7.0 assists. He won Finals MVP after leading the Pistons to the title.
This was the first Pistons team to ever win it all. Detroit only gave up 100.8 points per game in the regular season, giving them the second-best defense in the NBA.
Zeke averaged 18.2 points and 8.3 assists in the regular season and guided the Pistons to 63 wins. Detroit took care of the Boston Celtics, Bucks and Bulls to reach the 1989 Finals.
The Pistons swept the Lakers to capture the franchise’s first NBA championship. Dumars won Finals MVP. He averaged 27.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the series.