Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
Fort Wayne Pistons
|Stadion||Little Caesars Arena|
|Location||Detroit , Michigan|
|Club colors||Blue, red, chrome, navy, white
|Head coach||Dwane Casey|
|General manager||Jeff Bower|
|Farm teams||Grand Rapids Drive|
|Championships||3 (1989, 1990, 2004)|
|Conference title||5 (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)|
|Division title||11 (1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)|
The Detroit Pistons are an American basketball team from Detroit , Michigan that plays in the NBA professional basketball league in the Eastern Conference . The team has played its home games at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit since the 2017/18 season . In April 2011, the Detroit Pistons were bought by US billionaire Tom Gores .
The Zollner Pistons (1941–1948)
Fred Zollner , the owner of the "Zollner Machine Works", which manufactured pistons for General Motors , founded the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons ("Pistons" English for pistons ) in 1941. The team joined the National Basketball League (NBL), one League composed mostly of teams created and / or sponsored by companies in the American Midwest .
From 1943 to 1946, the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons had the best win-loss ratio in the league, winning the title in both 1944 and 1945. Between 1944 and 1946, the Pistons also won the World Professional Basketball Tournament three times in a row.
The remaining two years in the NBL, the Pistons could reach the playoffs, losing both times to the Rochester Royals . For the 1948/49 season , the Pistons moved with the Minneapolis Lakers , the Rochester Royals and the Indianapolis Jets by Maurice Podoloff as Fort Wayne Pistons - because name sponsorship violated the rules of the BAA - in the Basketball Association of America (BAA).
From the NBL to the BAA to the NBA (1948–1957)
The next season the Pistons finished with 28 won out of 40 games and thus reached the playoffs, in which they were eliminated in the second round against the Minneapolis Lakers . The following season was less successful, they achieved 32 wins in 78 games. The next two seasons they were eliminated against the Rochester Royals once in three, the other time in two games. In the 1952/53 season they could improve again, won three games more than they lost and moved into the playoffs, defeating the Rochester Royals in the third game and then eliminated in the second round. The next season was similarly successful, but they did not win a game in the postseason , they lost in a round-robin tournament against Minneapolis and Rochester and were eliminated. 1955 and 1956 they could reach the finals. In 1955 they lost in the seventh game with only one point difference against the Syracuse Nationals . A year later they lost in five games to the Philadelphia Warriors .
In 1957, Fred Zollner decided to leave Fort Wayne and move to the auto trading metropolis of Detroit .
Coaches and arenas (1957–1966)
With the move, there were some coach changes. Charles Eckman, Red Rocha, Dick McGuire, Charles Wolf, Dave DeBusschere, Donnis Butcher, Paul Seymour, Butch van Breda Kolff, Terry Dischinger and Earl Lloyd held this post from 1957 to 1966.
From the 1961/62 season, the Pistons played their home games in the Cobo Arena (up to and including the 1977/78 season). In 1962, the Pistons drafted Dave DeBusschere , who was able to get the most rebounds from the team for three seasons in a row during his playing days for the Pistons. In 1968 he was traded to the New York Knicks , with which he was able to celebrate some successes.
The Dave Bing and Bob Lanier Era (1966–1980)
The Pistons got the second pick in the 1966 NBA Draft and chose Dave Bing . He was named NBA Rookie of the Year in his freshman year . In 1970 the Pistons secured the rights to Bob Lanier with the first pick in the NBA Draft , who would later also become a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame . In the 1970/71 season Dave Bing scored 54 points in one game and set a record for the most points within a season of a Pistons player with 2213 points.
In 1973/74 the pistons were sold by Fred Zollner to a group of companies led by William Davidson . After that season, Dave Bing was traded to Washington. In 1976/77 the Pistons set the team record of 877 steals in one season. The Pistons played their home games in the Pontiac Silverdome from the 1978/79 season, where they should stay for the next ten years. In the 1979/80 NBA season, the Pistons lost their last 14 games and at the beginning of the following season their first 7 games, which meant 21 defeats in a row. So they set a new negative record in the NBA.
The Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars Era (1980–1988)
With the second pick of the 1981 NBA draft, the Pistons secured Isiah Thomas , a point guard from Indiana University who led his college team to the NCAA Division I Basketball Championship title the previous year and was named the best player of the tournament. In November of this year, the Pistons got Vinnie Johnson and in the following February Bill Laimbeer and Kenny Carr via trade.
In 1983 the Pistons hired Chuck Daly , who would be named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in NBA History 13 years later , as their new coach. On December 13, 1983, the Pistons set against the Denver Nuggets an unbroken record in the NBA to this day, by being able to prevail against their opponents with 186: 184 in the third extension. The top scorer of the game was Kiki Vandeweghe , one of the Nuggets' best players at the time , with 51 points . In January 1984 Kelly Tripucka scored 56 points in a Pistons jersey, breaking Dave Bing's former team record of 54 points. In the All-Star Game, Isiah Thomas, also a player with the Pistons, became the game's Most Valuable Player thanks to 21 points and 15 assists. In the 1985 NBA draft, the Pistons hired guard Joe Dumars from McNeese State University . In the 1985/86 season, Isiah Thomas was MVP of the All-Star Games for the second time.
In the 1986 NBA draft, the Pistons secured themselves with the 11th pick John Salley and the 27th pick Dennis Rodman . They also strengthened themselves through a trade with Adrian Dantley. The team's style of play became increasingly physical and their defensive-oriented style of play quickly earned them the nickname “Bad Boys”. This year they were able to reach the final of the Eastern Conference, eliminated in this against the Boston Celtics , led by Larry Bird , after the 7th game. 1987/88 the Pistons finished the season with 54 wins and 28 losses, making them number one in the Central Division. They managed to defeat Washington, Chicago and Boston and thus to become champions of the Eastern Conference, in the NBA finals they had to admit defeat to the defending Los Angeles Lakers in seven games . The last game was lost by 3 points.
The first NBA title (1988-1989)
Nine years after the worst season in the history of the Pistons, they moved to the Palace of Auburn Hills in 1989 and ended their first season in the new arena with 63 wins. Her guard-oriented offense around Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars and the “bad boys” attitude quickly became her trademarks. Bill Laimbeer quickly became one of the most unpopular players among fans of the opposing teams due to his tough style of play. Other players such as Mark Aguirre , Dennis Rodman , Rick Mahorn , James Edwards and John Salley were also part of the roster.
In the NBA playoffs, they beat Boston and Milwaukee both times with a sweep . Against the Chicago Bulls they were able to prevail in six games, with which they reached the final and, like the year before, met the Los Angeles Lakers . This year, however, the injury-ridden Lakers had nothing to oppose the Pistons and Detroit was able to claim their first NBA title in four games. The last game in the series was also the last game in the NBA career of one of the Lakers' superstars and the most scoring player in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . Joe Dumars was named the MVP of the NBA Finals. This season's team was named one of the top 10 teams in league history by the NBA .
The second NBA title (1989–1990)
As in the previous year, tough defense was the hallmark of the Pistons this season. From January 23, 1990 to March 21, 1990 they won 25 of 26 games, the entire season could be concluded with 59 wins and 23 losses. They kept their opponents at an average of 98.3 points per game, which was not least due to this year's " NBA Defensive Player of the Year " Dennis Rodman . Again they were able to prevail without problems in the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs before they met the Chicago Bulls and their superstar Michael Jordan . It took seven games before they could actually beat the Bulls for the third time in a row. In the NBA Finals this time they met the Portland Trail Blazers , who, however, had to admit defeat to the Pistons after five games. This year Isiah Thomas was named an NBA Finals MVP.
After winning two titles in a row, the Pistons began to falter. In the 1990/91 NBA season it was "only" enough for 50 wins and in the Eastern Conference Finals they faced the Chicago Bulls for the third year in a row, in which, however, they led the Chicago Bulls after just four games by Michael Jordan , had to give up. The Bulls later became champions by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in five games. Dennis Rodman's second consecutive “NBA Defensive Player of the Year” election after this season was little consolation for the Detroit Pistons. Dennis Rodman posted an average of 18.7 rebounds per game the next season, breaking some team records for the most total rebounds in a season with 1,530, for most offensive rebounds with 523 and the record for most defensive rebounds with 1,007 in total Season. Furthermore, he brought on March 4, 1992 in a game against Indiana 34 rebounds. 10 days later he got 22 defensive rebounds against Sacramento.
After a few years at the top of the league, things went downhill for the Pistons. 1992/93 it was only enough for 40 wins and in the offseason they trade Dennis Rodman for the San Antonio Spurs . Bill Laimbeer announced his retirement as a professional basketball player after 11 seasons, with only two players left from the days of NBA title wins, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars . It was enough during this rebuilding in the 1993/94 NBA season only for 20 wins out of 62 defeats, which was the second worst win-loss ratio in the league. Only the Dallas Mavericks celebrated fewer wins at 13.
The Grant Hill Era (1994-2000)
With the third pick of the NBA draft in 1994, the Pistons secured the rights to Grant Hill , a player from Duke University . The team could not keep up with the competition again and had to be satisfied with 28 wins out of 82 games. Grant Hill was able to post 19.9 points per game in his first season. He was the first rookie to receive the most votes in the fan voting for the All-Star Game. At the end of the season, he and Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks were voted NBA “Co-Rookie of the Year”.
Doug Collins , the Pistons' new coach, was able to lead the team back to the playoffs in his first season in that position. With 46 wins in 82 games, they won 18 games more than last year, but were defeated by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the NBA playoffs . Grant Hill again got more votes than Michael Jordan in the fan voting for the all-star game. He led the league with his ten triple doubles and was able to achieve an average of 20.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game in the season. After the season he was part of the US national basketball team and won the gold medal with the Dream Team in Atlanta . Meanwhile, Allan Houston , whose contract had expired after the season, signed a new one, but not with the Detroit Pistons, but with the New York Knicks .
Two years after the Pistons had just 28 wins in one season, they were able to take 54 wins that season this season and reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. The project ended again with an out in the first round, this time against the Atlanta Hawks . As in the previous two years, Grant Hill was the standout player, reaching 13 triple doubles and maintaining an average of 21.4 points, 9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals over the season. Those stats made him an NBA All-Star for the third straight year.
The Pistons got a new center with Brian Williams, signed Jerry Stackhouse and replaced their coach Doug Collins with Alvin Gentry during the season . It wasn't enough for the playoffs, with Grant Hill elected an All-Star for the fourth year in a row.
Joe Dumars retired after that season and a 14-year career as a player in the NBA. He had achieved two NBA championship titles, six All-Star nominations and an "NBA Finals MVP" trophy from 1989. At the time of his retirement, he was the player who played the most games for the Pistons had denied with 1,018 and also with 16,401 the most points for the franchise. The following year, the Detroit Pistons had to admit defeat to the Miami Heat in the playoffs.
Team reorganization (2000-2003)
A year after retiring as a player, Joe Dumars was named Team President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons. Grant Hill, whose contract had expired, decided to leave the Pistons for the Orlando Magic . Before they let it go completely, however, the Pistons decided on a so-called sign-and-trade with the Magic and sent Grant Hill to Orlando, but received Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins in return. The 2000/01 NBA season ended the Pistons with 32 wins after 82 games. After the season, Joe Dumars fired coach George Irvine and hired Rick Carlisle as the new coach.
In the 2001-02 NBA season , Carlisle helped the Pistons end their first season since 1997 with over 50 wins and win their first playoff series since 1991. In the summer of 2002, the Pistons changed their entire squad. Joe Dumars signed free agent Chauncey Billups , brought Richard Hamilton through trade and secured the rights to Tayshaun Prince in the NBA draft. The Pistons were able to achieve over 50 wins again in the 2002/03 NBA season and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, in which they had to admit defeat to the New Jersey Nets . Despite the upswing, Rick Carlisle had to leave the team in the summer of 2003, whereupon Larry Brown was hired as the new coach.
The third title (2003-2004)
In the NBA draft, the Pistons secured the rights to Darko Miličić . In February 2004 they got Rasheed Wallace via Trade. They finished the season with 54 wins and 28 losses, which was their best season since 1997. In the NBA playoffs they met the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and were able to qualify after five games for the next round, in which they could defeat the New Jersey Nets in seven games .
In the Eastern Conference Finals they were able to prevail in six games against the Indiana Pacers and moved back into the NBA Finals for the first time since 1990. There they faced the Los Angeles Lakers , who won the title in the years 2000 to 2002 and, with their team around Shaquille O'Neal , Kobe Bryant , Karl Malone and Gary Payton, were clear favorites. After five games dominated by the Pistons (three of the four wins were with a double-digit point difference), the Detroit Pistons were able to successfully prevail against their opponents from the west coast and won their third NBA title. Chauncey Billups was elected NBA Finals MVP and this victory made the owner of the Pistons, William Davidson , the first owner to win an NBA and an NHL title ( Tampa Bay Lightning ) that same year .
Title fight (2004–2008)
The Pistons have undergone a major change, mostly affecting their substitutes. Mehmet Okur , Mike James and Corliss Williamson left the team. In the first month of the still young season there was the so-called “Malice at the Palace” (based on the then Palace of Auburn Hills ), one of the most famous North American physical encounters between players and fans. Metta World Peace , back then as Ron Artest and wearing the Indiana Pacers jersey , stepped into the audience to mess with a fan who had thrown a paper cup full of beer at him.
Nevertheless, the Pistons were considered contenders for the title of the 2004/05 NBA season and achieved 54 wins in the regular season. After the Pistons were able to prevail in the playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers , they had to face the young Miami Heat around Dwyane Wade in the Eastern Conference Finals. After seven games, the Pistons were able to prevail, after which they met in the finals on the San Antonio Spurs . The series lasted seven games (the first seventh game of the NBA Finals since 1994), but it was not enough for the Pistons to win. The Spurs, however, were able to secure their third title since 1999.
The 2005/06 NBA season began for the Detroit Pistons with 37 wins and five losses, the best cross-sport start to a season for a professional Detroit team and the second best start ever for a team in the NBA would have. Four of the Pistons' regulars have been named NBA All-Stars ( Chauncey Billups , Richard Hamilton , Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace ) and the Pistons coach, Flip Saunders , has been named coach of the NBA Eastern Conference All-Stars. With their 64 wins throughout the season, the Pistons set a new internal team record. In the playoffs they prevailed against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers , but it was no longer enough to beat the Miami Heat with the outstanding Dwyane Wade in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miami was then able to secure the title against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA finals .
In the 2006 off-season, Ben Wallace's contract expired and the Pistons offered him a new four-year contract for $ 48 million , but he decided against it and moved to the Chicago Bulls for $ 60 million . The Pistons replaced him with Nazr Mohammed as the center . On January 17, 2007 of the current 2006/07 NBA season , the Pistons signed free agent Chris Webber . Before that, they had 21 wins and 15 losses, with him they had 32 wins and only 14 losses for the rest of the season. In the playoffs, the Pistons prevailed against the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls. In the Eastern Conference Finals, however, they had to admit defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers around LeBron James in six games .
The 2007-08 NBA season marked the Pistons' fiftieth season in Detroit. In the NBA draft they secured the rights to Rodney Stuckey and Arron Afflalo and the contracts of Chauncey Billups, Antonio McDyess and Amir Johnson were renewed. With the start of the season they decided to let Rasheed Wallace start as center and the Pistons finished the season with 59 wins in 82 games, which was the second best record in the league. In the playoffs, the Pistons prevailed against the Philadelphia 76ers and then against the Orlando Magic, but they had more problems than in previous years. In their sixth straight Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons faced the Boston Celtics , who had made some changes to their roster prior to the season. In addition to Paul Pierce , the team's long-term superstar, the Celtics were able to strengthen themselves with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen . The first game went to Boston, the second game went to Detroit, which also marked the Celtics' first home defeat in the 2008 NBA playoffs. Game three went back to Boston and game four went back to Detroit. However, the Celtics won the next two games and the playoffs for the Pistons were over. In the further course of the tournament, the Boston Celtics were able to prevail in the NBA finals. After the season, the Pistons parted ways with Coach Flip Saunders.
Allen Iverson (2008-2009)
On June 10, 2008, Michael Curry was named the Pistons' new coach. In July, Will Bynum and Kwame Brown were signed and on November 3, 2008 there was a change: Chauncey Billups , Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb were sent to the Denver Nuggets via trade and the Pistons were returned to Allen Iverson . Antonio McDyess was then put on the waiver list by the Nuggets and signed another contract in Detroit on December 9, 2008. Allen Iverson could not bring about the hoped-for turnaround and the pistons got worse and worse due to controversial decisions by the new coach and a lack of team cohesion. In addition, there were more and more injuries among the regular players. Despite only 39 wins, the Pistons managed to qualify for the playoffs. That was their first NBA season since 2000/01, in which they achieved fewer than 50 wins. In the NBA playoffs they had to admit defeat to the Cleveland Cavaliers after just four games .
In the NBA draft, the Pistons secured themselves with the 15th pick Austin Daye and in the second round DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko . On June 30, 2009, Michael Curry was fired after only a year as coach of the Detroit Pistons. A month later they found a replacement in John Kuester , a former assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons went to Ben Gordon for five years and $ 55 million and Charlie Villanueva for five years and $ 35 million. Rasheed Wallace left the Pistons and signed with the Boston Celtics. The Pistons got Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox to reinforce the front court. With just 27 wins, the Pistons failed to make it into the NBA playoffs.
Tracy McGrady (2010-2011)
In the 2010 NBA draft, the Pistons secured seventh pick Greg Monroe from Georgetown University and Terrico White from the University of Mississippi in the second round. They also signed Tracy McGrady and renewed Ben Wallace and Will Bynum's contracts. Chris Wilcox used the player option in his contract and stayed with the Pistons for another year. The Pistons won 21 of their first 60 games. Coach John Kuester had assigned Richard Hamilton the role of a substitute at the beginning of January and hardly set up. There were rumors of further disputes between the players and the Pistons coach. Some of the players, such as B. Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady and Tayshaun Prince , it was too much before the 60th game. They chose to hold a players protest by deliberately not showing up for a practice session. Coach Kuester decided not to field the said players and had a six-person squad in this 60th game. In June 2011 Kuester was dismissed as head coach. Lawrence Frank was his successor with the Pistons . In the 2011/12 season, the Pistons missed the play-offs again, as in the previous year.
On November 8, 2012, the Pistons finished a streak of 669 games, the second longest in the NBA, without a player having scored a triple-double . Greg Monroe scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the 103: 105 defeat at the Sacramento Kings . The so far last succeeded Chauncey Billups (20/10/11) on February 20, 2004 in an 87:88 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves . As of November 2012, the Indiana Pacers hold the negative record with 767 games in a row. The Pistons started after 1962/63 and 1980/81 for the third time in their history with no win and seven losses. The eighth game of the season was won both times. The season ended with 29 wins and 53 losses again in the table cellar of the Eastern Conference. Shortly after the end of the season, head coach Lawrence Frank was fired from the Pistons' management. He was succeeded by Maurice Cheeks , who previously worked as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder .
In the summer of 2013 they strengthened themselves with Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings . However, the team was rarely able to meet expectations during the 2013/2014 season. Instead of playing for the playoffs, the Pistons ranked again in the no man's land of the Eastern Conference table. As a result, head coach Maurice Cheeks was released early in February 2014. His successor as head coach until the end of the season was his assistant coach John Loyer. The season ended again with a negative record of 29 wins and 53 losses. After the end of the season, the Pistons parted ways with General Manager Joe Dumars , who had directed the club's fortunes since 2000.
For the 2014/15 season, the Pistons presented a new head coach in Stan Van Gundy . He received a contract that runs until 2019. Van Gundy began to restructure the squad. After a bad start to the season with a record of 5 wins and 23 losses, Van Gundy dismissed Josh Smith, who could not meet expectations. Van Gundy increasingly adapted the game to the young center Andre Drummond . In February 2015, Reggie Jackson moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder to Detroit. However, the playoffs were missed. The team was reinforced with Stanley Johnson via the 2015 NBA draft . Greg Monroe , the team's top scorer for the Pistons in recent years, left the team for the Milwaukee Bucks . Ersan Ilyasova , who left the team in February 2016, was signed as a replacement . The Pistons signed Tobias Harris from the Magic, in return Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings moved to Orlando.
After not qualifying for the playoffs for six years in a row, the Pistons reached the playoffs again in the 2015/16 season . They qualified with 44 wins and 38 losses as eighth in the Eastern Conference and met in the first round on the Cleveland Cavaliers . Against them, however, they were eliminated with 0: 4 without a win. The 2016/17 season they missed the playoffs again.
For the 2017/18 NBA season , the Pistons left the Palace of Auburn Hills and moved to the new Little Caesars Arena . The 2017/18 season did not go any better for the Pistons than the previous season. In the middle of the season, multiple all-star Blake Griffin was signed by the Los Angeles Clippers . Despite a strong front court with Andre Drummond and Griffin, the playoffs were missed again. In May 2018, the Pistons parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy , who had been in charge of the team since 2014, and in return signed the then Coach of the Year Dwane Casey as his successor.
|Detroit Pistons squad for the 2019/20 season (as of June 26, 2020)|
Honors and achievements worth mentioning
|2||Chuck Daly||Head coach (wins 538: 313 losses)||1983-1992|
|Jack McCloskey||1979-1992||General manager|
|Mark Aguirre||Career ended|
|Dave Bing||Career ended|
|Adrian Dantley||Career ended|
|Joe Dumars||Career ended|
|Grant Hill||Career ended|
|Allan Houston||Career ended|
|Lindsey Hunter||Career ended|
|Allen Iverson||Career ended|
|Vinnie Johnson||Career ended|
|Bill Laimbeer||Career ended|
|Bob Lanier||Career ended|
|Tracy McGrady||Career ended|
|Greg Monroe||FC Bayern Munich|
|Richard Hamilton||Career ended|
|Antonio McDyess||Career ended|
|Mehmet Okur||Career ended|
|John Salley||Career ended|
|Jerry Stackhouse||Career ended|
|Isiah Thomas||Career ended|
|Kelly Tripucka||Career ended|
|Rasheed Wallace||Career ended|
|Chris Webber||Career ended|
|George Yardley||† 2004|
|Bob Houbregs||Forward center||1954-1958|
|Harry Gallatin||Forward center||1957/58|
|Walt Bellamy||Forward center||1968/69|
|Bob McAdoo||Forward center||1980/81|
|Type of service||Record value||player|
|Type of service||Record value||player||season|
|Points / game||29.8||Jerry Stackhouse||2000/01|
|Rebounds / game||18.7||Dennis Rodman||1991/92|
|Assists / game||13.9||Isiah Thomas||1984/85|
|Blocks / game||3.5||Ben Wallace||2001/02|
|Steals / game||2.5||Isiah Thomas||1983/84|
|year||Victories: defeats||Wins [%]||Play-offs|
|Fort Wayne Pistons|
|1948/49||22:38||36.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1949/50||40:28||58.8||0-2 in the division finals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1950/51||32:36||47.1||1: 2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Rochester Royals|
|1951/52||29:37||43.9||0-2 in the Western Division semi-finals against the Rochester Royals|
|1952/53||36:33||52.2||2: 3 in the Western Division Finals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1953/54||40:32||55.6||0: 4 in the Western Division double round tournament against the Rochester Royals
and the Minneapolis Lakers
|1954/55||43:29||59.7||3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Syracuse Nationals|
|1955/56||37:35||51.4||1: 4 in the NBA Finals against the San Francisco Warriors|
|1956/57||34:38||47.2||0-2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1957/58||33:39||45.8||1: 4 in the Western Division Finals against the St. Louis Hawks|
|1958/59||28:44||38.9||1: 2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1959/60||30:45||40.0||0-2 in the Western Division semifinals against the Minneapolis Lakers|
|1960/61||34:45||43.0||2: 3 in the Western Division semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1961/62||37:43||46.3||2: 4 in the Western Division Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1962/63||34:46||42.5||1: 3 in the Western Division semifinals against the St. Louis Hawks|
|1963/64||23:57||28.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1964/65||31:49||38.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1965/66||22:58||27.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1966/67||30:51||37.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1967/68||40:42||48.8||2-4 in the Eastern Division semifinals against the Boston Celtics|
|1968/69||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1969/70||31:51||37.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1970/71||45:37||54.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1971/72||26:56||31.7||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1972/73||40:42||48.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1973/74||52:30||63.4||3: 4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls|
|1974/75||40:42||48.8||1: 2 in the first round against the Seattle SuperSonics|
|1975/76||36:46||43.9||2-4 in the Western Conference semifinals against the Golden State Warriors|
|1976/77||44:38||53.7||1: 2 in the first round against the Golden State Warriors|
|1977/78||38:44||46.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1978/79||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1979/80||16:66||19.5||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1980/81||21:61||25.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1981/82||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1982/83||37:45||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1983/84||49:33||59.8||2: 3 in the first round against the New York Knicks|
|1984/85||46:36||56.1||2-4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics|
|1985/86||46:36||56.1||1: 3 in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks|
|1986/87||52:30||63.4||3: 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics|
|1987/88||54:28||65.9||3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers|
|1988/89||63:19||76.8||NBA champions beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-0|
|1989/90||59:23||72.0||NBA champions beat the Portland Trail Blazers 4-1|
|1990/91||50:32||61.0||0-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls|
|1991/92||48:34||58.5||2: 3 in the first round against the New York Knicks|
|1992/93||40:42||48.8||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1993/94||20:62||24.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1994/95||28:54||34.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1995/96||46:36||56.1||0: 3 in the first round against Orlando Magic|
|1996/97||54:28||65.9||2: 3 in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks|
|1997/98||37:45||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|1998/99||29:21||58.0||2: 3 in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks|
|1999/00||42:40||51.2||0-3 in the first round against the Miami Heat|
|2000/01||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2001/02||50:32||61.0||1: 4 in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics|
|2002/03||50:32||61.0||0-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New Jersey Nets|
|2003/04||54:28||65.9||NBA champions beat the Los Angeles Lakers 4-1|
|2004/05||54:28||65.9||3: 4 in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs|
|2005/06||64:18||78.0||2-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat|
|2006/07||53:29||64.6||2-4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2007/08||59:23||72.0||1: 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics|
|2008/09||39:43||47.6||0-4 in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2009/10||27:55||32.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2010/11||30:52||36.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2011/12||25:41||37.9||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2012/13||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2013/14||29:53||35.4||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2014/15||32:50||39.0||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2015/16||44:38||53.7||0-4 in the first round against the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2016/17||37:45||45.1||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2017/18||39:43||47.6||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|2018/19||41:41||50.0||0-4 in the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks|
|2019/20||20:46||30.3||Not qualified for the play-offs|
|total||2753: 2927||48.5||188: 182 in the playoffs (50.8%) - 3 NBA championships|
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