The Pistons then had some dark years until the 1980’s came around, in which they adopted the name the bad boys. Since the adoption of the “bad boys” persona, the Pistons have wonm their division eight times, the last being in 2008. They have won the Eastern Conference five times, the last being in 2005. They have also won the NBA Championship three times, the last being in 2004. During the 2000’s the Pistons went through a run in which they made were one of the two participants in the Eastern Conference finals six straight seasons from 2003-2008. However since that run they have been stuck in a rebuilding phase they just can’t seem to get out of.
Right now, nobody is really sure if the Pistons are coming or going. They currently sit at five games out of the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons tried a free agent splurge a couple of years back that included Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings, and that resulted in a miserable failure including a release of Josh Smith. It may be a while before these Pistons compete again.
The Detroit Pistons had an average 2015-2016 season. They finished the season with a record of 44-38, good for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. They were swept by a far superior Cleveland Cavaliers teams in round one of the NBA playoffs. The Pistons ended up with the 18th overall selection in the 2016 NBA draft and used it to select the raw but talented Henry Ellenson from Marquette.
Also this offseason, they signed forward Jon Leuer and guard Ish Smith as well as re-signed center Andre Drummond to a five year, 127 million dollar contract. How have the moves translated to this season? The Pistons are currently sitting at 18-21, right on the outside of the fringe of the NBA playoffs.