Detroit Pistons

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Detroit Pistons
First Season
Team History
Detroit Pistons (1957-present)
Fort Wayne Pistons (1948-57)
Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (1941-48)
National Basketball Association (1949-present)
  • Eastern Conference (1978–present)
    • Central Division (1978-present)
  • Western Conference (1970-78)
    • Midwest Division (1970-78)
  • Eastern Division (1967-70)
  • Western Division (1950-67)

Basketball Association of America (1948-49)

  • Western Division (1948-49)

National Basketball League (1941-48)

  • Eastern Division (1945-48)
Little Caesars Arena (2017-present)
The Palace of Auburn Hills (1988-2017)
Pontiac Silverdome (1978-88)
Cobo Arena (1961-78)
Olympia Stadium (1957-61)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (1952-57)
North Side High School Gym (1948-52)
Key People
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The Detroit Pistons are an American professional basketball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Pistons compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Eastern Conference-Central Division and play their home games at Little Caesars Arena, located in Midtown. The team was founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne (Zollner) Pistons in 1941, a member of the National Basketball League (NBL), where it won two NBL championships: in 1944 and 1945. The Pistons later joined the Basketball Association of America (BAA) in 1948. The NBL and BAA merged to become the NBA in 1949, and the Pistons became part of the merged league.


Home programs by season

Season/Date Type Opponent Venue
Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons
1946-47 Postseason Rochester Royals North Side High School Gym
1949-50 Regular Season n/a North Side High School Gym
February 7, 1951 Regular Season Minneapolis Lakers North Side High School Gym
December 26, 1951 Regular Season Boston Celtics North Side High School Gym
November 1, 1953 Regular Season Milwaukee Hawks War Memorial Coliseum
Detroit Pistons
February 24, 1960 Regular Season Syracuse Nationals Olympia Stadium
February 4, 1961 Regular Season Syracuse Nationals Baltimore Coliseum
1962-63 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1963-64 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1964-65 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1965-66 Preseason Philadelphia 76ers Canton Memorial Field House
Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
October 4, 1966 Preseason Baltimore Bullets Lansing Civic Center
1967-68 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1968-69 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1969-70 Regular Season (1 • 2) n/a Cobo Arena
1970-71 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1971-72 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1972-73 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
1973-74 Regular Season n/a Cobo Arena
October 22, 1984 Preseason Atlanta Hawks Maple Leaf Gardens
2004-05 NBA Finals San Antonio Spurs SBC Center, The Palace of Auburn Hills
February 2, 2018 Regular Season New Orleans Pelicans Little Caesars Arena

Media guides and yearbooks by season

Media guides

1950s 1957-58
1960s 1961-62  • 1964-65  • 1965-66
1970s 1970-71 • 1971-72 • 1977-78 • 1979-80
1980s 1980-81 • 1985-86 • 1987-88 • 1988-89 • 1989-90
1990s 1990-91 • 1991-92 • 1993-94 • 1994-95 • 1995-96
2000s 2005-06
2010s 2016-17 • 2017-18 • 2018-19 • 2019-20
2020s 2020-21


1960s 1967-68  • 1968-69  • 1969-70
1970s 1979-80
1990s 1991-92  • 1994-95  • 1995-96
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