Detroit Pistons’ All-Time Starting 5

Article written by Hoops-Nation Staff Writer Mike Samuels.

(PG) Isiah Thomas: 11 Seasons

2× NBA champion (1989–1990)

NBA Finals MVP (1990)

12× NBA All-Star (1982–1993)

2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (1984/1986)

3× All-NBA First Team (1984–1986)

2× All-NBA Second Team (1983/ 1987)

NBA All-Rookie First Team (1982)

NCAA champion (1981)

NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

No. 11 Retired by the Detroit Pistons

NBA Hall of Fame

isiah-thomasIsiah Thomas was one of the most creative players to play the game. He could beat you with the pass as an assist king, or he could beat you with his shooting. He could stay outside or beat you off the dribble and take it to the hole. In the time that he played, he took the position of point guard to another level and dared others to follow his lead. A true innovator at the position and always made the game suit his style of play. He was a tenacious defender and had (1,861) steals in his career which is the most in Pistons history. He also holds records for games played and assists. Isiah scored 16 points in one minute and thirty four seconds at the end of a game against the New York Knicks in the opening round of the 1984 playoffs to force an overtime period which the Knicks eventually won, but it made legend grow even more as he showed his will to win.

(G) Dave Bing: 9 Seasons

7× NBA All-Star (1968–1969, 1971, 1973–1976)

NBA All-Star Game MVP (1976)

NBA Rookie of the Year (1967)

2× All-NBA First Team (1968, 1971)

All-NBA Second Team (1974)

NBA All-Rookie First Team (1967)

NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team

#21 Retired by the Detroit Pistons

NBA Hall of Fame

Dave Bing was one of the best basketball players to step on the court during his playing time, or any time. Bing was the 1967 Rookie of the Year. Dave was a great shooter and averaged 20.3 points per game for his entire career. He was also very good at distributing the ball to his teammates. Bing was a very hard worker and did not take time off during games. When he was on the court it was always hustle and enthusiastic play.

(F) Dennis Rodman: 7 Seasons

5× NBA champion (1989–1990, 1996–1998)

2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990–1991)

2× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992)

2× All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995)

7× All-Defensive First Team (1989–1993, 1995–1996)

All-Defensive Second Team (1994)

7× NBA rebounding champion (1992–1998)

#10 Retired by the Detroit Pistons (1986-1993)

NBA Hall of Fame

Dennis Rodman was a player that played the game like no other. There has not been a player that played the game like Rodman plays since he retired. He is only 6’7″, but he played like a much bigger player. When you say rebound or defense the name Dennis Rodman comes to the top of the list. He played harder than anyone on the court. His defensive prowess is still unmatched. Rodman changed the game as a defensive player and not really an offensive threat. The fans looked at him as being crazy with his tattoos and strange colored hair, but you can not take anything away from the way he played the game.

(PF/C) Rasheed Wallace: 5 Seasons

NBA champion (2004)

4× NBA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2006, 2008)

NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1996)

Rasheed Wallace was truly a throwback to the “Bad Boys” days of the Pistons. He holds the record for most technical fouls with more than 300, and he had a style of play that was just tough all the way around. He played well on both sides of the ball. He could play inside or outside. Rasheed could also step back and shoot the “three ball”. Wallace was a great defender and not afraid to bang with the best of them. Having somewhat of a mean streak when it came to an opposing player trying to score, he would make sure that they did not come his way again.

(C) Bill Laimbeer: 11 Seasons

2× NBA champion (1989–1990)

4× NBA All-Star (1983–1985, 1987)

NBA rebounding champion (1986)

#40 Retired by the Detroit Pistons

Bill Laimbeer played the game in a very physical manner. He was a great center and played the position well. He was an “Ironman” in the game playing 685 consecutive games before missing a game due to suspension. Laimbeer made more than 200 three pointers during his career. He cemented himself as a shooting threat and also a great rebounder and was a decent free throw shooter as well. He played hard and physical which made folks forget that he had great technical skills. Laimbeer was probably the most hated player in NBA history, but that did not stop him from being one of the greats to play the game.

There you have it, my take on the Detroit Pistons All-Time Starting 5.

Mike Samuels is a Staff Writer at Hoops-Nation. Follow Mike and Hoops-Nation on Twitter.

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