2005–06 Detroit Pistons season

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2005–06 Detroit Pistons season
Central Division Champions
Head coach Flip Saunders
General manager Joe Dumars
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 64–18 (.780)
Place Division: 1st
Conference: 1st
Playoff finish Lost in Eastern Conference Finals to Miami
(2–4)
Local media
Television FSN Detroit, WMYD
Radio WDFN
< 2004–05 2006–07 >

The 2005–06 Detroit Pistons season was the 65th season of the franchise, the 58th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 49th in the Detroit area. They Pistons began the season hoping to improve upon their 54–28 output from the previous season. They bested it by ten games, finishing 64–18—their best record in franchise history—and qualifying for the playoffs for the fifth straight season.[1] The Pistons reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth consecutive year before losing to the eventual NBA champions Miami Heat, whom they had beaten in a seven game playoff series the year before. Detroit's offseason was soon marked by the departure of star defensive player Ben Wallace, who signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bulls.

Draft Picks[edit]

Main article: 2005 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 26 Jason Maxiell PF  United States Cincinnati
2 56 Amir Johnson PF  United States
2 60 Alex Acker SG  United States Pepperdine

Roster[edit]

No. Player Pos Height Weight Date of Birth Experience College
6 Alex Acker SG 6-5 185 January 21, 1983 R Pepperdine University
30 Carlos Arroyo PG 6-2 202 July 30, 1979 4 Florida International University
1 Chauncey Billups PG 6-3 202 September 25, 1976 8 University of Colorado
13 Kelvin Cato C 6-11 255 August 26, 1974 8 Iowa State University
34 Dale Davis C 6-11 230 March 25, 1969 14 Clemson University
20 Carlos Delfino SG 6-6 230 August 29, 1982 1
00 Tony Delk PG 6-1 189 January 28, 1974 9 University of Kentucky
5 Maurice Evans SG 6-5 220 November 8, 1978 2 University of Texas at Austin
32 Richard Hamilton SG 6-6 185 February 14, 1978 6 University of Connecticut
10 Lindsey Hunter PG 6-2 170 December 3, 1970 12 Jackson State University
25 Amir Johnson SF 6-9 210 May 1, 1987 R
54 Jason Maxiell PF 6-7 260 February 18, 1983 R University of Cincinnati
24 Antonio McDyess PF 6-9 220 September 7, 1974 9 University of Alabama
31 Darko Milicic C 7-0 250 June 20, 1985 2
22 Tayshaun Prince SF 6-9 215 February 28, 1980 3 University of Kentucky
3 Ben Wallace C 6-9 240 September 10, 1974 9 Virginia Union University
36 Rasheed Wallace PF 6-10 225 September 17, 1974 10 University of North Carolina

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Central Division
Team W L Home Road PCT. GB
Detroit Pistons* 64 18 37–4 27–14 .780 -
Cleveland Cavaliers* 50 32 31–10 19–22 .610 14
Indiana Pacers* 41 41 27–14 14–27 .500 23
Chicago Bulls* 41 41 21–20 20–21 .500 23
Milwaukee Bucks* 40 42 25–16 15–26 .488 24

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (8) Milwaukee Bucks

April 23
5:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 74, Detroit Pistons 92
Scoring by quarter: 19–19, 18–24, 19–25, 18–24
Pts: Charlie Bell 13
Rebs: Jamaal Magloire 9
Asts: Ford, Bogut 3 each
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 17
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Eddie Rush, David Jones,
Bill Spooner, Bennie Adams
April 26
7:30 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 98, Detroit Pistons 109
Scoring by quarter: 23–32, 25–29, 27–31, 23–17
Pts: Michael Redd 29
Rebs: Andrew Bogut 13
Asts: Andrew Bogut 4
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Richard Hamilton 8
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Tony Brothers, Don Garretson, Derrick Stafford
April 29
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 104, Milwaukee Bucks 124
Scoring by quarter: 27–30, 27–31, 20–29, 30–34
Pts: Chauncey Billups 26
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 6
Pts: Michael Redd 40
Rebs: Ford, Magloire, Smith 7 each
Asts: T. J. Ford 15
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 18,717
Referees: Dan Crawford, Joe Forte, Scott Wall
May 1
7:30 pm
Detroit Pistons 109, Milwaukee Bucks 99
Scoring by quarter: 27–20, 24–25, 23–31, 35–23
Pts: Chauncey Billups 34
Rebs: Antonio McDyess 11
Asts: Tayshaun Prince 7
Pts: Michael Redd 33
Rebs: Jamaal Magloire 12
Asts: Andrew Bogut 6
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance: 16,296
Referees: Bernie Fryer, Tom Washington, Mark Wunderlich
May 3
6:00 pm
Milwaukee Bucks 93, Detroit Pistons 122
Scoring by quarter: 23–39, 26–23, 17–35, 27–25
Pts: Michael Redd 23
Rebs: Michael Redd 9
Asts: T. J. Ford 6
Pts: Richard Hamilton 40
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Detroit wins series, 4–1
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Sean Corbin, Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore

Last Playoffs meeting: 2004 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 4–1)

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers

May 7
3:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 86, Detroit Pistons 113
Scoring by quarter: 16–26, 32–43, 15–25, 23–19
Pts: LeBron James 22
Rebs: Anderson Varejão 8
Asts: James, Murray 4 each
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 10
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: James Capers, Joe Crawford, Bill Spooner
May 9
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 91, Detroit Pistons 97
Scoring by quarter: 16–23, 20–29, 24–26, 31–19
Pts: LeBron James 30
Rebs: LeBron James 14
Asts: LeBron James 7
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 29
Rebs: Ben Wallace 15
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Derrick Stafford, Jess Kersey
May 13
5:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 77, Cleveland Cavaliers 86
Scoring by quarter: 17–18, 25–18, 14–17, 21–33
Pts: Richard Hamilton 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Billups, Hamilton 5 each
Pts: LeBron James 21
Rebs: LeBron James 10
Asts: LeBron James 10
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Bob Delaney, Steve Javie, Tom Washington
May 15
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 72, Cleveland Cavaliers 74
Scoring by quarter: 19–16, 19–20, 21–17, 13–21
Pts: Richard Hamilton 30
Rebs: Ben Wallace 10
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: LeBron James 22
Rebs: LeBron James 8
Asts: LeBron James 9
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Monty McCutchen, Eddie F. Rush, Bennett Salvatore
May 17
7:00 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 86, Detroit Pistons 84
Scoring by quarter: 20–20, 30–25, 18–21, 18–18
Pts: LeBron James 32
Rebs: Donyell Marshall 13
Asts: Eric Snow 7
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 21
Rebs: Ben Wallace 13
Asts: Chauncey Billups 5
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Jimmy Clark, Dan Crawford, Ken Mauer
May 19
7:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 84, Cleveland Cavaliers 82
Scoring by quarter: 20–19, 18–18, 25–24, 21–21
Pts: Rasheed Wallace 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 10
Asts: Billups, Wallace 4 each
Pts: LeBron James 32
Rebs: LeBron James 11
Asts: Eric Snow 7
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 20,562
Referees: Joe Forte, Bernie Fryer, Ron Garretson
May 21
3:30 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers 61, Detroit Pistons 79
Scoring by quarter: 15–21, 23–19, 10–18, 13–21
Pts: LeBron James 27
Rebs: LeBron James 8
Asts: Larry Hughes 5
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 20
Rebs: Ben Wallace 9
Asts: Billups, Prince 3 each
Detroit wins the series, 4–3
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Mike Callahan, Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa

Last Playoffs meeting: This is the first meeting between the Pistons and Cavaliers.

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) Miami Heat

May 23
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 91, Detroit Pistons 86
Scoring by quarter: 33–25, 15–19, 18–17, 25–25
Pts: Dwyane Wade 25
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 9
Asts: Dwyane Wade 5
Pts: Richard Hamilton 22
Rebs: Ben Wallace 14
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Ken Mauer, Bennett Salvatore, Bill Spooner
May 25
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 88, Detroit Pistons 92
Scoring by quarter: 12–25, 25–23, 19–22, 32–22
Pts: Dwyane Wade 32
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Payton, Wade 5 each
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 24
Rebs: Ben Wallace 12
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Dick Bavetta, Ron Garretson, Jack Nies
May 27
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 83, Miami Heat 98
Scoring by quarter: 24–26, 14–23, 24–25, 21–24
Pts: Chauncey Billups 31
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 10
Asts: Tayshaun Prince 4
Pts: Dwyane Wade 35
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 12
Asts: Antoine Walker 4
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,245
Referees: Dan Crawford, Tom Washington, Mark Wunderlich
May 29
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 78, Miami Heat 89
Scoring by quarter: 17–23, 21–21, 22–18, 18–27
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 15
Rebs: Ben Wallace 11
Asts: Chauncey Billups 7
Pts: Dwyane Wade 31
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 9
Asts: Antoine Walker 5
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,248
Referees: Bob Delaney, Bernie Fryer, Greg Willard
May 31
8:00 pm
Miami Heat 78, Detroit Pistons 91
Scoring by quarter: 20–25, 23–22, 22–26, 13–18
Pts: Dwyane Wade 23
Rebs: Udonis Haslem 10
Asts: Jason Williams 6
Pts: Tayshaun Prince 29
Rebs: Richard Hamilton 10
Asts: Chauncey Billups 10
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Attendance: 22,076
Referees: Joe Crawford, Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte
June 2
8:00 pm
Detroit Pistons 78, Miami Heat 95
Scoring by quarter: 20–25, 16–22, 17–25, 25–23
Pts: Richard Hamilton 33
Rebs: Rasheed Wallace 8
Asts: Chauncey Billups 8
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 28
Rebs: Shaquille O'Neal 16
Asts: Dwyane Wade 10
Miami wins the series, 4–2
American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 20,258
Referees: Mike Callahan, Steve Javie, Eddie F. Rush

Last Playoffs meeting: 2005 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]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]