Detroit Pistons

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Franchise Overview

Seasons in Detroit

1958-2022

65 34 3
Seasons Made Playoffs Championships

All Seasons

72 40 3
Seasons Made Playoffs Championships

Past 10 Seasons (2013 - 2022)

39.5% 2 0
Winning Percentage Made Playoffs Championships

Championship Years

1989, 1990, 2004

Detroit Pistons History

Overview

The Detroit Pistons have played a total of 72 seasons. Their first season was in 1951, and their most recent season was in 2022.

Have the Detroit Pistons gone by any other names?

Yes. Between 1951 and 1957, the team was known as the Fort Wayne Pistons.
In 1958, the team moved to Detroit and changed their name to the Detroit Pistons.

What division do the Detroit Pistons play in?

The Detroit Pistons currently play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference.

What was the best start to a Pistons season?

The best start to a Pistons season was the 1971 Detroit Pistons, who started the season 9-0. The second best starts to a Pistons season was the 2006 Detroit Pistons and the 1989 Detroit Pistons, who both started the season at 8-0.

What was the worst start to a Pistons season?

The worst start to a Pistons season was the 2013 Detroit Pistons, who started the season at 0-8. The second worst starts to a Pistons season was the 1981 Detroit Pistons and the 1963 Detroit Pistons, who both started the season with 7 losses.

When was the last time the Pistons were in the playoffs?

The Detroit Pistons last made the playoffs in 2019, when they lost the Eastern Conference First Round. They've been in the playoffs a total of 40 times in their 72 seasons.

When was the last time the Pistons missed the playoffs?

The Detroit Pistons last missed the playoffs in 2022.

When was the last time the Pistons won a playoff series?

In 2008, the Detroit Pistons beat the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

When was the last time the Pistons lost a playoff series?

In 2019, the Detroit Pistons lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference First Round.

What years did the Pistons make the NBA Finals?

While in Detroit, the Detroit Pistons have appeared in the NBA Finals 5 times, in 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004 and 2005. In their full franchise history, they've appeared in 7 NBA Finals. In Detroit, they appeared in 5 NBA Finals as the Detroit Pistons, in 1988-1990 and 2004-2005. In Fort Wayne, they appeared in 2 NBA Finals as the Fort Wayne Pistons, in 1955-1956.

How many NBA Titles have the Pistons won?

The Detroit Pistons won the NBA Finals 3 times, in 1989, 1990 and 2004.

Detroit Pistons Postseason Results

Year Record Result
2022 23-59 Missed Playoffs
2021 20-52 Missed Playoffs
2020 20-46 Missed Playoffs
2019 41-41 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
2018 39-43 Missed Playoffs
2017 37-45 Missed Playoffs
2016 44-38 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
2015 32-50 Missed Playoffs
2014 29-53 Missed Playoffs
2013 29-53 Missed Playoffs
2012 25-41 Missed Playoffs
2011 30-52 Missed Playoffs
2010 27-55 Missed Playoffs
2009 39-43 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
2008 59-23 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
2007 53-29 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
2006 64-18 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
2005 54-28 Lost Finals (Won 3 Rounds)
2004 54-28 Won Finals
2003 50-32 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
2002 50-32 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
2001 32-50 Missed Playoffs
2000 42-40 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1999 29-21 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1998 37-45 Missed Playoffs
1997 54-28 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1996 46-36 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1995 28-54 Missed Playoffs
1994 20-62 Missed Playoffs
1993 40-42 Missed Playoffs
1992 48-34 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1991 50-32 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
1990 59-23 Won Finals
1989 63-19 Won Finals
1988 54-28 Lost Finals (Won 3 Rounds)
1987 52-30 Lost Eastern Conference Finals (Won 2 Rounds)
1986 46-36 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1985 46-36 Lost Eastern Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
1984 49-33 Lost Eastern Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1983 37-45 Missed Playoffs
1982 39-43 Missed Playoffs
1981 21-61 Missed Playoffs
1980 16-66 Missed Playoffs
1979 30-52 Missed Playoffs
1978 38-44 Missed Playoffs
1977 44-38 Lost Western Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1976 36-46 Lost Western Conference Semifinals (Won 1 Round)
1975 40-42 Lost Western Conference First Round (Won 0 Rounds)
1974 52-30 Lost Western Conference Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1973 40-42 Missed Playoffs
1972 26-56 Missed Playoffs
1971 45-37 Missed Playoffs
1970 31-51 Missed Playoffs
1969 32-50 Missed Playoffs
1968 40-42 Lost Eastern Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1967 30-51 Missed Playoffs
1966 22-58 Missed Playoffs
1965 31-49 Missed Playoffs
1964 23-57 Missed Playoffs
1963 34-46 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1962 37-43 Lost Western Division Finals (Won 1 Round)
1961 34-45 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1960 30-45 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1959 28-44 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1958 33-39 Lost Western Division Finals (Won 1 Round)
1957 34-38 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1956 37-35 Lost Finals (Won 1 Round)
1955 43-29 Lost Finals (Won 1 Round)
1954 40-32 Missed Playoffs
1953 36-33 Lost Western Division Finals (Won 1 Round)
1952 29-37 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
1951 32-36 Lost Western Division Semifinals (Won 0 Rounds)
Years the team was not located in Detroit

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