By Keith Alrick @Kramerica100 on August 8, 2014
It might be hard to imagine based on the current roster, but the Detroit Pistons have had a lot of great players in their history. I made this roster under a few self-created guidelines. First, only the years the player spent in Detroit counted. Secondly, the players' peak years were heavily weighted. I also tried to mesh team chemistry together. With that said, here is the Detroit Pistons' all-time roster.
As a two-time NBA champion and the head coach of the Dream Team, I'd say Chuck Daly's accomplishments speak for themselves. No one seems to have a bad thing to say about him, only the teams he coached. Daly was known as one of the greatest motivators in NBA history.
Isiah Thomas would be the starting point guard on just about every team's all-time list. He had a four-year stretch where he averaged over 20 points, 10 assists and two steals a game, and then he went and won two straight NBA titles.
It might be sacrilege to break up the Thomas and Dumars backcourt, but that's how good Dave Bing was. The only reason Bing isn't top of mind is because he came into the league in 1966. He was a seven-time All-Star and averaged 22.6 points, six assists and four rebounds during his nine seasons with Detroit.
Believe it or not, Grant Hill wasn't always injured. Detroit was the beneficiary of healthy Grant Hill. He made the All-Star team every year but one with the Pistons. Not many players have been able to post all-around stats the way Hill did while he was in Detroit. His career averages as a Pistons player were 21.6 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Dennis Rodman's numbers in Detroit were as crazy as he is right now. He averaged over 18 rebounds a game over his last two years in Detroit. Rodman would be the perfect complementary player on this roster. His offense was what it was, but this team doesn't need any help on that side of the ball.
The Pistons selected Bob Lanier with the first overall pick in 1970. He didn't disappoint. The big man averaged over 20 points and 11 rebounds in each of his first eight seasons in Detroit. He is the Pistons' all-time leader in points per game at 22.7.
It's a pretty good roster when the top four players from an NBA title team are all coming off the bench. It seems fitting that Billups, Hamilton and the Wallace duo come off the bench, just as they did in the 2006 All-Star game. Joining the 2004 champs on the bench is Joe Dumars and the ring leader of the Bad Boys, Bill Laimbeer. Finally, no Pistons bench would be complete without the Microwave, Vinnie Johnson.
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