The Detroit Pistons franchise is one of the oldest in professional basketball, joining the NBA in its inaugural season as the Fort Wayne Pistons. The Pistons’ eight seasons in Fort Wayne were largely positive. The club made the playoffs every season and reached back-to-back NBA Finals in 1955 and 1956, though they fell just short of a title each time. After moving to Detroit the Pistons’ success did not falter for a number of years, making six more playoff appearances before what amounted to a lengthy drought from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. With the exception of a few strong seasons, things didn’t get better for the Detroit franchise until the 1980s, when Chuck Daly was hired as the team’s head coach. Daly gave the Pistons the guidance it needed to take the next step. Detroit made the finals in 1988, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. A backcourt of Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars led the Pistons to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. In the early 2000s Detroit again reigned supreme, as Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace propelled the club to its third championship in 2004. The Pistons have honored nine members of the organization by hanging their banners in the rafters. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Detroit Pistons basketball tickets.
2014 Pistons Season Preview
The Detroit Pistons came into the 2013-14 season with high expectations. Chauncey Billups returned to mo-town, and Maruice Cheeks took over the helm of the Pistons. But the season ended much like the Piston’s season before it, with a 29-53 record, and no trip to the NBA Playoffs.
Enter the 2014-15 Detroit Pistons schedule and the team has received a huge facelift. Billups, Meeks, and Charlie Villanueva are all gone. But the Pistons added a serious amount of talent in D.J. Augustin, Josh Brostic, Lorenzo Brown, Caron Butler, and Brian Cook. Stan Van Gundy has taken over at Detroit’s helm, and looks to mold the new look Pistons into an NBA Playoff contender. Look for Brandon Jennings to have a bounce back season, and for the Detroit Pistons to be in the thick of the playoff hunt late in the season in 2014-15.
Check out our Detroit Pistons Season Preview History page for previews of previous Pistons seasons.
Detroit Pistons Basketball at The Palace of Auburn Hills Address: 6 Championship Dr, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326
The Pistons play their home games at The Palace of Auburn Hills, located just outside Detroit in Auburn Hills, Michigan. When filled to capacity, The Palace holds more than 22 thousand screaming fans. The arena was recently renovated to provide fans with the best possible environment to enjoy an NBA basketball game. The Detroit Pistons home bench is on The Palace of Auburn Hills court side with in front of sections 114 & 115. The Palace of Auburn Hills parking information is covered in our Pistons event guide.
Pistons vs. Bulls
One of the best rivalries in the NBA during the late 1980s and early 1990s, these two teams often met in the playoffs when the stakes were at its highest. The Pistons were nicknamed “The Bad Boys” because of their tough, physical, and sometimes questionable style of play; faced the up-and-coming Michael Jordan led Bulls in the playoffs for four straight seasons. Three of those match-ups were in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Pistons winning two of those series.
Pistons vs. Celtics
This rivalry peaked when the Pistons and the Celtics faced each other in the playoffs five times between 1985-1991. With players such as Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Larry Bird, and Kevin McHale participating in this match-up, it is no wonder why this quickly became of the top rivalries in the NBA. After being dormant for many seasons, this rivalry was revitalized in 2008 when the two teams faced each other in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals.
Pistons vs. Cavaliers
A rivalry that dates back to the 1970s, the Pistons and the Cavaliers have faced each over 200 times during that span. This rivalry peaked in the mid-to-late 2000s when the two teams met in the playoffs three times in a four year span. With Detroit and Cleveland playing in the Eastern Conference, this rivalry will only continue to get better in the years to come.
Pistons in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and the NBA Playoffs
The Pistons have established themselves as one of the more successful franchises in the NBA. Detroit has won over 2 NBA titles to go along with 4+ Eastern Conference championships. The Pistons dominated the late 1980s and early 1990s and also the mid-2000s. During that time, Detroit won over 8 division titles and will only add to that number in future seasons.
Detroit Pistons Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Pistons game?
Gates open to the general public about 1 hour before game time. The Palace at Auburn Hills is one of the most vibrant arenas in basketball and it is worth it to get there early to walk around and take in the great atmosphere.
Where are good places to eat before a Pistons game?
If you are a fan of pizza you have to check out Buddy’s. With some of the best Detroit style pizza in the world, this small pizza place has a great ambiance and will be one of the best dinning decisions you will make in Michigan. For more adventurous dining, try Asya Middle Eastern Cuisine, or Phoenicia Restaurant. Both places have unbelievable Middle Eastern dishes and traditionally friendly service. If you are looking for great bar food, try Black Lotus Brewing Company or O’Connor’s Public house. Other good options are Sagebrush Cantina, Seoul Garden and Palace Grille.
Where is the best place to park at The Palace of Auburn Hills?
The Palace of Auburn Hills is literally surrounded with parking lots. We recommend trying the south or west lots as they are the largest, and have the most spaces open to the general public. If you are looking to avoid the stress of finding a place to park, purchase a parking pass and get a guaranteed spot in one of the more convenient lots. Parking usually runs between $10 and $40 and it is always best to arrive early.
Does my child need a ticket to a Pistons game?
Children 2 years old or younger do not need a ticket and may sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game. Be prepared to show the gate agent proof of your child’s age for them to be allowed to enter the arena.
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My Trip to the MotorCity on the RoundBall RoadTrip The Palace at Auburn Hills, home of the Detroit Pistons is an impressive facility and the first on my journey to attend a game in every NBA arena in the country, I call it the RoundBall RoadTrip. Although it was built back in 1988, the Palace is still impressive. It features wide open concourses and excellent concessions in a modern looking facility where there’s not a bad seat in the house. To get the best deal on pregame libations, I typically head to one of the many public bar areas at the Palace located throughout the arena. The food court and concession areas are generally packed with people, but because the bar areas are restricted to patrons age 21 or older, they’re typically much more comfortable. They also usually feature draft beer specials ($3 each) and carved roast beef and turkey breast sandwiches. There are several bars that are open to the public that do not require reservations. Trust me, if you can get into the Palace early, it’s worth it to check out one of these bar areas prior to tipoff. Detroit is a hard working, blue collar town and their Detroit Pistons basketball team reflects this mindset through its tough defensive play. Being a Pistons fan has not been easy lately, but with Joe Dumars at the helm, things are sure to turn around soon. If you're looking for more information on what there is to see and do in Detroit, check out my Roundball RoadTrip review - http://www.nbabasketballarenas.com/Palace-at-Auburn-Hills.htm October 19, 2010