Top 5 Heart-Wrenching Detroit Pistons’ Moments in the Past 10 Years
Heart Wrenching Moments in Detroit Pistons History
The NBA All-Star Weekend is naturally a slow time in terms of breaking news and rumors. Besides the select few who are selected to compete in the All-Star festivities, most players are recovering, taking vacations and gearing up for the latter portion of the season.
With all of this down time, let's take a step back from the struggles that this Detroit Pistons team has faced and reflect on their recent history.
Motown had an astounding amount of success in the mid 2000s. Through 2003-2008, the Pistons made an incredible six-straight Eastern Conference Finals including their NBA Championship in 2004.
It may be hard to believe now, but GM Joe Dumars received plenty of accolades during this time due to his ability to build a roster that didn't feature a "star" player. This method worked for awhile, but as we all know, good things must always come to an end.
When fans and analysts alike reminiscence on the "Going To Work" era, they usually talk about the success that Detroit experienced. However, I would like to change that up a little bit and instead revisit some of their most disappointing moments.
Therefore, in honor of Valentine's Day weekend, why not have a little fun and revisit some of the most heart-wrenching moments in Detroit Pistons history over the past 10 years.
5. Pistons Select Caldwell-Pope Over Fan Favorite Burke
When it was time for the Pistons to make the eighth overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, Trey Burke was still on the board. Burke was well-loved in the area after he just took Michigan to the NCAA championship game and it seemed like a perfect fit for a team that also badly needed a guard.
However, it was not meant to be as Dumars decided to make the unpopular choice of selecting Kentavious Caldwell-Pope instead.
It's too early to tell if this was the right selection, but it was a tough pill to swallow for Pistons fans who hoped to see the All-American Burke in Detroit red, white and blue.
4. Billups' Half Court Heave Isn't Enough To Top Nets
The 2004 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game 5 was coming down to the final moments as the Pistons trailed by three. With time running out in the fourth quarter, Chauncey Billups nailed a half-court buzzer-beater that sent the game into overtime and the Palace crowd into a frenzy.
Momentum seemed to be on Detroit's side, but the New Jersey Nets fought back and ultimately won in triple-OT and took a decisive 3-2 series lead.
We all know how the 2004 NBA playoffs ended, but at the time, it was a very heart-breaking loss after experiencing such a fantastic moment.
3. LeBron James' 48-Point Outing Leads Cavs Over Pistons
LeBron James finished with one of the most impressive performances in NBA playoff history in Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. James posted numbers of 48 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
But, it was the way it happened that really made this game a heart-breaker.
Detroit had a seven-point lead with just three minutes to go as they were trying to regain the series after blowing a 2-0 lead. It was at this point that James simply went off as he scored 29 of his team's final 30 points, including the final 25 as well.
This double-OT victory gave the Cavs the win and ultimately the series a couple of nights later, as James would go on to make his first Finals appearance.
2. Chauncey Billups Shockingly Traded For Allen Iverson In 2008
The 2008-09 season brought hope that the Pistons could make a run at a seventh-straight Eastern Conference Finals.
However, after just a couple of games, Dumars made a move that shocked teammates and fans alike as he shipped Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Allen Iverson.
The trade turned out to be a disaster as Detroit hasn't finished with a winning record since and is widely regarded as the beginning of the end for this particular Pistons era.
1. Pistons Miss Out On Back-To-Back NBA Championships
The Detroit Pistons entered Game 7 of the 2005 NBA Finals with a chance to clinch a rare back-to-back NBA title reign.
Detroit had a halftime lead and certainly seemed like they had control. However, the San Antonio Spurs would rally back and take home their third NBA Championship in team history.
A win here would not only have given Detroit a second-straight title, but also more credibility in terms of one of the greatest teams ever.
One championship is great, but its multiple title victories that cement a team's legacy. This moment ranks No. 1 as the most heart-wrenching moment in the past decade due to how close they were to achieving potential dynasty status.
Instead, we are left with what could have been.