Top 10 Detroit Pistons of All-Time

Top 10 Detroit Pistons of All-Time

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Detroit Pistons

Honorable Mentions:

20. Lindsey Hunter

19. John Long

18. Dave DeBusschere

17. Bailey Howell

16. Jerry Stackhouse

15. Rasheed Wallace

14. Mark Aguirre

13. Vinnie Johnson

12. Tayshaun Prince

11. George Yardley

 

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10. Rip Hamilton

Seasons in Detroit:

9 Seasons/3 All-Star Selections

Best Season in Detroit:

20.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 49.1 FG%

With the 7th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Richard Hamilton after his storied career at the University of Connecticut. Ultimately, the Wizards would trade Hamilton to Detroit for Jerry Stackhouse in 2002. In his first season with Detroit, the Pistons won 50 games and the Central Division. This would be the start of 7 consecutive playoff appearances for the Pistons and also mark the beginning of the “Go to Work” era. Hamilton was an integral part of the team that would go on and shock the world, winning the 2004 NBA title in 5 games against the heavily-favored LA Lakers.

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9. Dennis Rodman

Seasons in Detroit:

7 Seasons in Detroit; 2 All-Star Selections

Best Season in Detroit:

9.8 PPG, 18.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 53.9 FG%

Dennis Rodman was selected with the 27th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft. Rodman would develop into one of the top rebounders and defenders in NBA history during his time in Detroit. He was a key member of the Bad Boys teams that won back-to-back NBA Championships. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011, the same year the Pistons retired his jersey number (Greg Monroe still wears #10 with Rodman’s blessing). Once he left the Pistons, one could say he went off the deep end. He became one of the most hated players in the league for his on-court style of play and his off-court antics. He also won 2 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards, 7 NBA Rebounding Titles, 5 NBA Championships, 8 NBA All-Defensive Team selections, and 2 All-NBA Selections.

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8. Bill Laimbeer

Seasons in Detroit:

13 Seasons in Detroit/4 All-Star Selections

Best Season in Detroit:

16.6 PPG, 13.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 49.2 FG%

Bill Laimbeer was selected in the 3rd round of the 1979 Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Prior to playing for Cleveland, he played one season in Italy before returning in 1980. He was traded to Detroit in 1982 and would remain a staple on the roster through the end of his career in 1994. Laimbeer was the 19th player in league history to amass 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. Laimbeer was the epitome of the Bad Boys teams, known for his physical play and reluctance to back down from a fight.

 

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7. Grant Hill

Seasons in Detroit:

6 Seasons in Detroit; 5 All-Star Selections

Best Season in Detroit:

25.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 48.9 FG%

Hill was selected 3rd overall by the Pistons in the 1994 NBA Draft. He quickly became a superstar in Detroit, sharing Rookie of the Year with Jason Kidd in his inaugural season and becoming the first Piston since Dave Bing to win the award. He was All-NBA in all 6 seasons he played in Detroit. After Hill’s contract was up, he was involved in a sign & trade with Orlando that brought back what would eventually be 2 key pieces of the ’04 Championship team, Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace. Hill would ultimately struggle with injuries for the remainder of his career, nearly retiring a number of times. He ended up reinvigorating his career with Phoenix and retired in 2013.

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