List of Detroit Pistons seasons

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This is a list of seasons completed by the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. The list includes seasons played by the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons in the National Basketball League and seasons played by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the Basketball Association of America. However, the games won and lost in the NBL are not included in the franchise total.

League Champions Conference Champions Division Champions Playoff Berth
Season Conference Division Finish Wins Losses PCT Postseason Results Awards Head Coach
Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons (NBL)
(Not included in W/L totals)
1941–42 15 9 .625 Won Semifinals (Akron GW) 2–1
Lost Championship (Oshkosh) 2–1
Carl Bennett
1942–43 17 6 .639 Won Semifinals (Chicago) 2–1
Lost Championship (Sheboygan) 2–1
Bobby McDermott (MVP) Carl Bennett
1943–44 18 4 .818 Won Semifinals (Cleveland) 2–0
Won Championship (Sheboygan) 3–0
Bobby McDermott (MVP, CoY) Bobby McDermott
1944–45 25 5 .833 Won Semifinals (Cleveland) 2–0
Won Championship (Sheboygan) 3–2
Bobby McDermott (MVP, CoY) Bobby McDermott
1945–46 26 8 .765 Lost Semifinals (Rochester) 3–1 Bobby McDermott (MVP) Carl Bennett
1946–47 25 19 .568 Won First Round (Toledo) 3–2
Lost Semifinals (Rochester) 2–1
Bobby McDermott
Carl Bennett
1947–48 40 20 .667 Lost First Round (Rochester) 3–1 Carl Bennett
Regular Season 166 71 .700
Playoffs 22 18 .550 2 NBL Championships
Fort Wayne Pistons (BAA/NBA)
Included in W/L totals
1948–49 Western 5th 22 38 .367 Carl Bennett
Paul Armstrong
1949–50 Central 4th 40 28 .588 Won Tiebreaker (Chicago)
Won Division Semifinals (Rochester) 2–0
Lost Division Finals (Minneapolis) 2–0
Murray Mendenhall
1950–51 Western 3rd 32 36 .471 Lost Division Semifinals (Rochester) 2–1 Murray Mendenhall
1951–52 Western 4th 29 37 .439 Lost Division Semifinals (Rochester) 2–0 Paul Birch
1952–53 Western 3rd 36 33 .522 Won Division Semifinals (Rochester) 2–1
Lost Division Finals (Minneapolis) 3–2
Don Meineke (RoY) Paul Birch
1953–54 Western 3rd 40 32 .556 Lost Round-Robin (Rochester) 2–0
Lost Round-Robin (Minneapolis) 2–0
Paul Birch
1954–55 Western 1st 43 29 .597 Won Division Finals (Minneapolis) 3–1
Lost NBA Finals (Syracuse) 4–3
Charles Eckman
1955–56 Western 1st 37 35 .514 Won Division Finals (St. Louis) 3–2
Lost NBA Finals (Philadelphia) 4–1
Charles Eckman
1956–57 Western 2nd 34 38 .472 Lost Division Semifinals (Minneapolis) 2–0 Charles Eckman
Detroit Pistons
Included in W/L totals
1957–58 Western 3rd 33 39 .458 Won Division Semifinals (Cincinnati) 2–0
Lost Division Finals (St. Louis) 4–1
Charles Eckman
Red Rocha
1958–59 Western 3rd 28 44 .389 Lost Division Semifinals (Minneapolis) 2–1 Red Rocha
1959–60 Western 2nd 30 45 .400 Lost Division Semifinals (Minneapolis) 2–0 Red Rocha
Dick McGuire
1960–61 Western 3rd 34 45 .430 Lost Division Semifinals (Los Angeles) 3–2 Dick McGuire
1961–62 Western 3rd 37 43 .463 Won Division Semifinals (Cincinnati) 3–1
Lost Division Finals (Los Angeles) 4–2
Dick McGuire
1962–63 Western 3rd 34 46 .425 Lost Division Semifinals (St. Louis) 3–1 Dick McGuire
1963–64 Western 5th 23 57 .288 Charles Wolf
1964–65 Western 4th 31 49 .388 Charles Wolf
Dave DeBusschere
1965–66 Western 5th 22 58 .275 Dave DeBusschere
1966–67 Western 5th 30 51 .370 Dave Bing (RoY) Dave DeBusschere
Donnie Butcher
1967–68 Eastern 4th 40 42 .488 Lost Division Semifinals (Boston) 4–2 Donnie Butcher
1968–69 Eastern 6th 32 50 .390 Donnie Butcher
Paul Seymour
1969–70 Eastern 7th 31 51 .378 Bill Van Breda Kolff
1970–71 Western Midwest 4th 45 37 .549 Bill Van Breda Kolff
1971–72 Western Midwest 4th 26 56 .317 Bill Van Breda Kolff
Earl Lloyd
1972–73 Western Midwest 3rd 40 42 .488 Earl Lloyd
Ray Scott
1973–74 Western Midwest 3rd 52 30 .634 Lost Conference Semifinals (Chicago) 4–3 Ray Scott (CoY) Ray Scott
1974–75 Western Midwest 3rd 40 42 .488 Lost First Round (Seattle) 2–1 Ray Scott
1975–76 Western Midwest 2nd 36 46 .439 Won First Round (Milwaukee) 2–1
Lost Conference Semifinals (Golden State) 4–2
Ray Scott
Herb Brown
1976–77 Western Midwest 2nd 44 38 .537 Lost First Round (Golden State) 2–1 Herb Brown
1977–78 Western Midwest 4th 38 44 .463 Herb Brown
Bob Kauffman
1978–79 Eastern Central 5th 30 52 .366 Dick Vitale
1979–80 Eastern Central 6th 16 66 .195 Dick Vitale
Richie Adubato
1980–81 Eastern Central 6th 21 61 .256 Scotty Robertson
1981–82 Eastern Central 3rd 39 43 .476 Scotty Robertson
1982–83 Eastern Central 3rd 37 45 .451 Scotty Robertson
1983–84 Eastern Central 2nd 49 33 .598 Lost First Round (New York) 3–2 Chuck Daly
1984–85 Eastern Central 2nd 46 36 .561 Won First Round (New Jersey) 3–0
Lost Conference Semifinals (Boston) 4–2
Chuck Daly
1985–86 Eastern Central 3rd 46 36 .561 Lost First Round (Atlanta) 3–1 Chuck Daly
1986–87 Eastern Central 2nd 52 30 .634 Won First Round (Washington) 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Atlanta) 4–1
Lost Conference Finals (Boston) 4–3
Chuck Daly
1987–88 Eastern Central 1st 54 28 .659 Won First Round (Washington) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Chicago) 4–1
Won Conference Finals (Boston) 4–2
Lost NBA Finals (L.A. Lakers) 4-3
Chuck Daly
1988–89 Eastern Central 1st 63 19 .768 Won First Round (Boston) 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Milwaukee) 4–0
Won Conference Finals (Chicago) 4–2
Won NBA Finals (L.A. Lakers) 4–0
Joe Dumars (FMVP) Chuck Daly
1989–90 Eastern Central 1st 59 23 .720 Won First Round (Indiana) 3–0
Won Conference Semifinals (New York) 4–1
Won Conference Finals (Chicago) 4–3
Won NBA Finals (Portland) 4–1
Isiah Thomas (FMVP)
Dennis Rodman (DPoY)
Chuck Daly
1990–91 Eastern Central 2nd 50 32 .610 Won First Round (Atlanta) 3–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Boston) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (Chicago) 4–0
Dennis Rodman (DPoY) Chuck Daly
1991–92 Eastern Central 3rd 48 34 .585 Lost First Round (New York) 3–2 Chuck Daly
1992–93 Eastern Central 6th 40 42 .488 Ron Rothstein
1993–94 Eastern Central 6th 20 62 .244 Don Chaney
1994–95 Eastern Central 7th 28 54 .341 Grant Hill (RoY) Don Chaney
1995–96 Eastern Central 5th 46 36 .561 Lost First Round (Orlando) 3–0 Doug Collins
1996–97 Eastern Central 4th 54 28 .659 Lost First Round (Atlanta) 3–2 Doug Collins
1997–98 Eastern Central 6th 37 45 .451 Doug Collins
Alvin Gentry
1998–99 Eastern Central 3rd 29 21 .580 Lost First Round (Atlanta) 3–2 Alvin Gentry
1999–2000 Eastern Central 5th 42 40 .512 Lost First Round (Miami) 3–0 Alvin Gentry
George Irvine
2000–01 Eastern Central 5th 32 50 .390 George Irvine
2001–02 Eastern Central 1st 50 32 .610 Won First Round (Toronto) 3–2
Lost Conference Semifinals (Boston) 4–1
Ben Wallace (DPoY)
Corliss Williamson (SMoY)
Rick Carlisle (CoY)

Rick Carlisle
2002–03 Eastern Central 1st 50 32 .610 Won First Round (Orlando) 4–3
Won Conference Semifinals (Philadelphia) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (New Jersey) 4–0
Ben Wallace (DPoY)
Joe Dumars (EoY)
Rick Carlisle
2003–04 Eastern Central 2nd 54 28 .659 Won First Round (Milwaukee) 4–1
Won Conference Semifinals (New Jersey) 4–3
Won Conference Finals (Indiana) 4–2
Won NBA Finals (L.A. Lakers) 4–1
Chauncey Billups (FMVP) Larry Brown
2004–05 Eastern Central 1st 54 28 .659 Won First Round (Philadelphia) 4–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Indiana) 4–2
Won Conference Finals (Miami) 4–3
Lost NBA Finals (San Antonio) 4–3
Ben Wallace (DPoY) Larry Brown
2005–06 Eastern Central 1st 64 18 .780 Won First Round (Milwaukee) 4–1
Won Conference Semifinals (Cleveland) 4–3
Lost Conference Finals (Miami) 4–2
Ben Wallace (DPoY) Flip Saunders
2006–07 Eastern Central 1st 53 29 .646 Won First Round (Orlando) 4–0
Won Conference Semifinals (Chicago) 4–2
Lost Conference Finals (Cleveland) 4–2
Flip Saunders
2007–08 Eastern Central 1st 59 23 .720 Won First Round (Philadelphia) 4–2
Won Conference Semifinals (Orlando) 4–1
Lost Conference Finals (Boston) 4–2
Flip Saunders
2008–09 Eastern Central 3rd 39 43 .476 Lost First Round (Cleveland) 4–0 Michael Curry
2009–10 Eastern Central 5th 27 55 .329 John Kuester
2010–11 Eastern Central 4th 30 52 .366 John Kuester
2011–12 Eastern Central 4th 25 41 .379 Lawrence Frank
2012–13 Eastern Central 4th 29 53 .354 Lawrence Frank
2013–14 Eastern Central 4th 29 53 .354 Maurice Cheeks
John Loyer
2014–15 Eastern Central 0 0 Stan Van Gundy
Regular Season 2,540 2,664 .488
Playoffs 200 165 .548 3 NBA Championships

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