1990–91 Detroit Pistons season

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1990–91 Detroit Pistons season
Head coach Chuck Daly
General manager Jack McCloskey
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 50–32 (.610)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 0-4)
Local media
Television PASS Sports, WKBD
Radio WCXI
< 1989–90 1991–92 >

The 1990-91 NBA season was the Pistons' 43rd season in the NBA and 34th season in the city of Detroit.[1] The Pistons entered the season as the two-time defending NBA champions and looked to win a third consecutive title. The team advanced to their fifth consecutive Eastern Conference Finals but were eliminated by the eventual champion Chicago Bulls.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1990 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 26 Lance Blanks PG/SG  United States Texas

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons 1990-91 roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
G/F 23 United States Aguirre, Mark 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 232 lb (105 kg) DePaul
C 00 United States Bedford, William 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Memphis
G 32 United States Blanks, Lance 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Texas
G 4 United States Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
F/C 53 United States Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Washington
F/C 35 United States Hastings, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Arkansas
G 12 United States Henderson, Gerald 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Virginia Commonwealth
G 15 United States Johnson, Vinnie 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Baylor
C 40 United States Laimbeer, Bill 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Notre Dame
G/F 25 United States Long, John (waived) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Detroit
F 10 United States Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Southeastern Oklahoma State
C 30 United States Rollins, Tree 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Clemson
F/C 22 United States Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
G 11 United States Thomas, Isiah 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Indiana
Head coach




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 61 21 .744 35–6 26–15 25–5
x-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 11 32–9 18–23 19-11
x-Milwaukee Bucks 48 34 .585 13 33–8 15–26 16–14
x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 18 29–12 14–27 11–19
x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 20 29-12 12–29 15-15
Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 .402 28 23–18 10–31 11-19
Charlotte Hornets 26 56 .317 35 17–24 9–32 8–22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Chicago Bulls 61 21 .744
2 y-Boston Celtics 56 26 .683 5
3 x-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 11
4 x-Milwaukee Bucks 48 34 .585 13
5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 44 38 .537 17
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 43 39 .524 18
7 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 20
8 x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 22
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 33 49 .402 28
10 Washington Bullets 30 52 .366 31
11 New Jersey Nets 26 56 .317 35
12 Charlotte Hornets 26 56 .317 35
13 Miami Heat 24 58 .293 37


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Atlanta Hawks: Pistons win series 3-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1987 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4-1)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4-2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-0)

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Bulls win series 4-0

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-3)

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre
William Bedford
Lance Blanks
Joe Dumars
James Edwards
Scott Hastings
Gerald Henderson
Vinnie Johnson
Bill Laimbeer
John Long
Dennis Rodman
Tree Rollins
John Salley
Isiah Thomas

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre
William Bedford
Joe Dumars
James Edwards
Scott Hastings
Gerald Henderson
Vinnie Johnson
Bill Laimbeer
Dennis Rodman
Tree Rollins
John Salley
Isiah Thomas

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

See also[edit]