2007–08 Detroit Pistons season

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2007–08 Detroit Pistons season
Head coach Flip Saunders
General manager Joe Dumars
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 59–23 (.720)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 2nd (Eastern)
Playoff finish Lost in Eastern Conference Finals to Boston
(4–2)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television FSN Detroit, WMYD
Radio WDFN
< 2006–07 2008–09 >

The 2007–08 Detroit Pistons season was the 67th season of the franchise, the 60th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 51st in the Detroit area. The Central Division Pistons finished the regular season with a 59–23 record, 14 games ahead of the second place Cavaliers. Their 59 wins were the third most in franchise history. In the NBA Playoffs, Detroit advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the sixth consecutive time since 2003, making them the first team since the 1986–87 Los Angeles Lakers to appear that many consecutive times in their respective Conference Finals. The Pistons lost to the eventual NBA champions Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals four games to two.

Following the season, Flip Saunders was fired as head coach.[1]

Detroit played its home games at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, which was sold out for each of the 41 regular season home games and all nine playoff games. The Pistons wore the #50 on the upper left side of their jerseys in honor of the 50th anniversary of them playing in Detroit. This season is the last time the Pistons have had a winning record.

Offseason[edit]

In the offseason, the Pistons re-signed guard Chauncey Billups and forward Amir Johnson. They also signed forward Antonio McDyess to a 2-year contract extension and center Cheikh Samb.

Draft picks[edit]

Detroit's selections from the 2007 NBA Draft in New York.

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
1 15 Rodney Stuckey Point/Shooting Guard  United States Eastern Washington
1 27 Arron Afflalo Shooting Guard  United States UCLA
2 57 Sammy Mejia Point Guard  United States DePaul

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. From
SG 28 United States Afflalo, Arron 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UCLA
PG 1 United States Billups, Chauncey (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
C 7 Slovenia Brezec, Primož 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 252 lb (114 kg) Slovenia
SG 8 United States Dixon, Juan 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 164 lb (74 kg) Maryland
SF 12 United States Dupree, Ronald 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 209 lb (95 kg) LSU
SG 32 United States Hamilton, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Connecticut
G/F 9 United States Hayes, Jarvis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Georgia
F 5 Argentina Herrmann, Wálter 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Argentina
G 10 United States Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jackson State
F 25 United States Johnson, Amir 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) WHS (LA)
PF 54 United States Maxiell, Jason 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Cincinnati
PF 24 United States McDyess, Antonio 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Alabama
C 13 United States Mohammed, Nazr 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Kentucky
G 6 United States Murray, Ronald 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Shaw
SF 22 United States Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kentucky
C 42 United States Ratliff, Theo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Wyoming
C 35 Senegal Samb, Cheikh 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Senegal
G 3 United States Stuckey, Rodney 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Eastern Washington
F/C 36 United States Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain

Standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 34–7 25–16 11–5
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 45 37 .549 14 27–14 18–23 7–9
Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 23 21–20 15–26 5–11
Chicago Bulls 33 49 .402 26 20–21 13–28 11–5
Milwaukee Bucks 26 56 .317 33 19–22 7–34 6–10


Regular season[edit]

2007–08 game log
2007–08 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

2008 playoff game log
2008 playoff schedule

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Chauncey Billups was awarded the John Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for taking much part in NBA Cares and other charity foundations.

Records[edit]

On May 13, 2008, Richard Hamilton surpassed Isiah Thomas as the all-time Piston leading scorer in the playoffs. Hamilton broke Thomas' record of 2,261 points and did it in 110 games — one fewer than Thomas needed to set the mark.[2]

Milestones[edit]

Chauncey Billups recorded his 10,000th career point November 14, 2007 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Player stats[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

Regular season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Arron Afflalo 75 9 12.9 .411 .208 .782 1.8 0.7 0.41 0.11 3.7
Chauncey Billups 78 78 32.3 .448 .401 .918 2.7 6.8 1.29 0.22 17.0
Primož Brezec * 17 0 5.8 .769 .500 1.1 0.2 0.12 0.12 1.6
Juan Dixon * 17 0 14.4 .480 .394 .429 1.6 1.9 0.00 0.00 6.5
Ronald Dupree * 1 0 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Richard Hamilton 72 72 33.7 .484 .440 .833 3.3 4.2 1.01 0.14 17.3
Jarvis Hayes 82 1 15.7 .431 .376 .750 2.2 0.8 0.57 0.07 6.7
Wálter Herrmann * 28 0 7.1 .392 .289 .800 1.3 0.5 0.11 0.04 3.0
Lindsey Hunter 24 0 9.0 .344 .269 .778 0.5 1.4 0.54 0.08 2.4
Amir Johnson 62 0 12.3 .558 .673 3.8 0.5 0.39 1.32 3.6
Jason Maxiell 82 7 21.6 .538 .000 .633 5.3 0.6 0.26 1.15 7.9
Antonio McDyess 78 78 29.3 .488 .000 .622 8.5 1.1 0.78 0.68 8.8
Nazr Mohammed * 21 0 7.1 .475 .000 .433 3.5 0.3 0.33 0.38 3.3
Ronald Murray * 19 2 18.2 .410 .222 .595 1.9 3.4 0.68 0.05 7.5
Tayshaun Prince 82 82 32.9 .448 .363 .768 4.9 3.3 0.51 0.40 13.2
Theo Ratliff * 16 3 13.9 .450 .667 3.1 0.4 0.25 1.13 3.0
Cheikh Samb 4 0 7.8 .750 .500 1.8 0.0 0.25 0.50 1.8
Rodney Stuckey 57 2 19.0 .401 .188 .814 2.3 2.8 0.86 0.11 7.6
Rasheed Wallace 77 76 30.5 .432 .356 .767 6.6 1.8 1.18 1.68 12.7

* Statistics include only games with Pistons

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Arron Afflalo 12 0 7.3 .389 .000 0.4 0.5 0.33 0.00 1.2
Chauncey Billups 15 15 31.9 .401 .375 .832 2.9 5.5 0.80 0.07 16.1
Juan Dixon 2 0 3.5 .000 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Richard Hamilton 17 17 38.5 .470 .308 .911 4.2 3.9 1.35 0.53 21.6
Jarvis Hayes 11 0 5.5 .300 .357 1.5 0.4 0.09 0.18 2.1
Wálter Herrmann 4 0 6.8 .250 1.000 .500 0.3 0.0 0.00 0.00 1.3
Lindsey Hunter 11 0 10.5 .381 .455 0.9 1.3 0.73 0.00 1.9
Amir Johnson 8 0 5.4 .750 .000 .500 1.6 0.1 0.00 0.38 2.6
Jason Maxiell 17 6 21.8 .625 .469 4.0 0.9 0.88 1.29 5.6
Antonio McDyess 17 11 27.5 .538 .821 7.4 0.9 0.59 0.47 8.9
Tayshaun Prince 17 17 39.5 .481 .320 .794 5.5 3.2 0.82 0.47 13.8
Theo Ratliff 12 0 10.9 .500 .500 2.3 0.1 0.08 0.92 1.3
Rodney Stuckey 17 2 22.3 .371 .286 .879 1.9 3.4 1.06 0.12 8.2
Rasheed Wallace 17 17 34.4 .424 .320 .744 6.4 1.6 1.12 1.94 13.2

Transactions[edit]

The Pistons have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007-08 season.

Trades[edit]

June 15, 2007 To Detroit Pistons
2nd round picks in the 2009 NBA Draft and 2011 NBA Draft
To Toronto Raptors
Carlos Delfino
December 14, 2007 To Detroit Pistons
Primož Brezec and Wálter Herrmann
To Charlotte Bobcats
Nazr Mohammed
February 21, 2008 To Detroit Pistons
Juan Dixon
To Toronto Raptors
Primož Brezec

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
Jarvis Hayes Washington Wizards
Player New team

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pistons fire Saunders, news release says". Detroit Free-Press. June 3, 2008. 
  2. ^ Pistons pull away late to advance to 6th straight conference finals

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