Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons 2021: News, Schedule, Roster, Score, Injury Report

The Detroit Pistons compete in the NBA as part of the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are three-time champions of the league, and their latest triumph came back in 2004. 

The Pistons were originally formed in 1941 and have come past plenty of logo designs. However, the franchise has always stayed true to its original colors, and here is how their current logo is designed: A white ball surrounded by a blue ring on the outside. The center of the logo contains an oval which contains the phrase, ‘Detroit Pistons.’ 

Furthermore, the Pistons play their home games at the Little Caesars Arena, a multi-purpose stadium in Midtown Detroit. Before playing at the Arena, the Pistons’ home was ‘The Palace’, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. 

The Palace has hosted some of the most thrilling matches in history and witnessed a few brutal brawls on the court. The Arena last hosted a Pistons game in 2017, and it was imploded in July 2020. 

Detroit Pistons: Owner and top executives

The Pistons are currently owned by businessman Tom Gores. He is the founder of Platinum Equity, a private investment firm. The 56-year-old billionaire acquired the franchise in 2011 and has strengthened his stakes ever since. 

The Former NBA star Ed Stefanski is a senior advisor of the Pistons franchise. Stefanski played for the Sixers during his professional career and has even served as the General Manager of the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors before landing the Pistons job. He is known to be leading the team’s front office. 

Troy Weaver was named as the team’s General Manager in July 2020. The 52-year-old has previously held office as the Vice President of Basketball Operations at OKC.

As for their head coach, Dwane Casey has been holding that position since 2018. Casey joined the Detroit Pistons after a seven-year tenure with the Toronto Raptors. In his first two years as Head Coach, Casey pushed the team to finish 8th and 13th in the East, respectively. 

History

The Detroit Pistons were originally formed in 1941 as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons. The team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and competed in the National Basketball League (NBL). The team won the championship in 1944 and 1945 and then shortly moved to the Basketball Association of America (BAA). 

However, the NBL and BAA merger happened in 1949 and the Pistons were absorbed into the newly formed NBA. The franchise moved to Detroit in 1957, after deciding that Fort Wayne was too small a city to host an NBA team. 

The Pistons struggled in their early NBA years and frequently missed the playoffs. The 60s and 70s saw a major downfall, and the team’s inconsistency proved to be a major letdown.

However, the 80s gave birth to a new era in the franchise. They signed Isiah Thomas in 1981 and then brought in Vinnie Johnson from the Seattle SuperSonics. Within a matter of two years, the Pistons assembled a terrific team, with Chuck Daly as the head coach. 

The 80s Pistons were termed as the ‘Bad Boys’ owing to their physical style of play. Chuck Daly was the mastermind behind the tactics, and they even devised a separate set of plans to limit Michael Jordan from scoring against them, known as the infamous ‘Jordan Rules’

The Bad Boys Pistons won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990, and bowed out of the era. The franchise had to wait for fourteen more years to secure their next title, as the 2004 Pistons team went on a magical run and won the finals 4-1 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mascot and uniforms

The Pistons’ official mascot is named ‘Hooper.’ He made his debut in 1996 and rose to become one of the most loved mascots in the sport. Hooper is always a crowd favorite, and the Pistons always celebrate his birthday every spring during a home game! 

The Detroit Pistons have always stuck with blue and red as their primary colors. The same reflects in their team uniforms as well. Over the years, the Pistons have worn some flashy jerseys that have gone down as fan favorites. With Nike holding the jersey deals, one could expect them to bring back retro versions in the coming years as well! 

Team’s sponsors

The main sponsor of the Pistons is ‘Flagstar Bank,’ who also hold the rights for endorsing jersey patches on their uniforms. Besides Flagstar, the Pistons have tie-ups with several companies namely, Jeep, Ring Central, and Rocket Fiber. 

Achievements and History

Founded 

1941
Conference

Eastern

Division 

Central
President

Ed Stefanski

General Manager

Troy Weaver
Head Coach

Dwane Casey 

Arena 

Little Caesars Arena
Championships (3)

(1989, 1990, 2004)

Conference Titles (7)

Western: 2 (1955, 1956)

Eastern: 5 (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)

Division Titles (9)

(1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

Website

www.nba.com/pistons

Detroit Pistons 2021 Roster

No. Player Pos Ht Wt Birth Date
41 Saddiq Bey SF 6-7 215 April 9, 1999
45 Sekou Doumbouya PF 6-8 230 December 23, 2000
8 Wayne Ellington SG 6-4 207 November 29, 1987
9 Jerami Grant SF 6-8 210 March 12, 1994
23 Blake Griffin PF 6-9 250 March 16, 1989
7 Killian Hayes PG 6-5 195 July 27, 2001
5 Frank Jackson  (TW) PG 6-3 205 May 4, 1998
20 Josh Jackson SG 6-8 207 February 10, 1997
38 Saben Lee  (TW) PG 6-2 183 June 23, 1999
17 Rodney McGruder SG 6-4 205 July 29, 1991
19 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SF 6-7 205 June 10, 1997
13 Jahlil Okafor C 6-10 270 December 15, 1995
24 Mason Plumlee C 6-11 254 March 5, 1990
25 Derrick Rose PG 6-2 200 October 4, 1988
91 Deividas Sirvydis SG 6-8 190 June 10, 2000
28 Isaiah Stewart C 6-8 250 May 22, 2001
55 Delon Wright SG 6-5 185 April 26, 1992