1986–87 Detroit Pistons season

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1986–87 Detroit Pistons season
Head coach Chuck Daly
General manager Jack McCloskey
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 52–30 (.634)
Place Division: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finish East Conference Finals
(eliminated 3-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1986-87 NBA season was the Pistons' 39th season in the NBA and 30th season in the city of Detroit.[1]

After drafting John Salley and Dennis Rodman, the team earned the nickname "Bad Boys" because of their physical style of play.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 11 John Salley PF/C  United States Georgia Tech
2 27 Dennis Rodman SF/PF  United States Southeastern Oklahoma State
4 86 Chauncey Robinson  United States Mississippi State
5 109 Clarence Hanley  United States Old Dominion
6 132 Greg Grant  United States Utah State
7 155 Larry Polec  United States Michigan State

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 00 United States Campbell, Tony 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Ohio State
SF 45 United States Dantley, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Notre Dame
SG 4 United States Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
PF 12 United States Green, Sidney 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) UNLV
SG 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
F/C 44 United States Mahorn, Rick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Hampton
C 42 United States Nevitt, Chuck 7 ft 5 in (2.26 m) 217 lb (98 kg) North Carolina State
PF 41 United States Nimphius, Kurt 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Arizona State
F 10 United States Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Southeastern Oklahoma State
F/C 22 United States Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
PG 11 United States Thomas, Isiah (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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-Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 35–6 22–19 17–13
x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 5 32–9 20–21 17–13
x-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 7 32–9 18–23 17–13
x Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 16 28–13 13–28 13–16
Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 17 29–12 11–30 17–12
Cleveland Cavaliers 31 51 .378 26 25–16 6–35 8–22
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Boston Celtics 59 23 .720
2 y-Atlanta Hawks 57 25 .695 2
3 x-Detroit Pistons 52 30 .634 7
4 x-Milwaukee Bucks 50 32 .610 9
5 x-Philadelphia 76ers 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Washington Bullets 42 40 .512 17
7 x-Indiana Pacers 41 41 .500 18
8 x-Chicago Bulls 40 42 .488 19
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 31 51 .378 28
10 New Jersey Nets 24 58 .293 35
11 New York Knicks 24 58 .293 35


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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1986-87 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 5–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–0
Boston 3–3 6–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 4–2
Chicago 2–4 0–6 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 4–2 3–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3
Cleveland 2–4 2–3 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 3–3 2–0 0–2 1–5 4–2 4–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4
Dallas 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–2 1–1 5–0 3–3 0–2 5–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 5–1 4–2 5–0 3–3 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 3–3 1–1 2–3 0–5 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–2 2–4 5–1 2–3 2–4 1–1
Detroit 3–3 2–3 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–1 6–0 5–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Golden State 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 1–4 1–1 4–1 0–2 6–0 2–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–5 4–2 4–1 4–1 4–2 2–3 0–2
Houston 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 3–3 3–3 1–1 1–4 2–0 4–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–2 2–3 5–1 5–1 1–4 3–3 1–1
Indiana 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–2
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–5 3–2 0–2 0–6 1–4 0–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–6 1–4 1–4 2–4 2–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 5–0 1–1 4–2 4–1 2–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 5–1 5–1 5–0 4–1 4–2 3–2 1–1
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 2–4 5–1 0–2 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–1 4–2 4–2 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1
New Jersey 0–5 2–4 2–3 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 2–4 5–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4
New York 1–5 2–4 2–4 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 0–2 1–1 2–3 2–0 0–2 2–4 1–5 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4
Philadelphia 3–3 3–3 3–3 4–2 0–2 2–0 0–5 1–1 2–0 4–2 2–0 0–2 3–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3
Phoenix 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–1 5–1 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–3 2–3 1–5 4–1 0–2
Portland 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–0 2–4 3–2 2–0 6–0 1–5 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–2 3–2 4–1 4–2 3–2 1–1
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–5 4–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 1–1 4–1 0–5 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–2 2–3 3–3 2–3 1–5 1–1
San Antonio 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–4 1–5 0–2 4–1 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 3–3 1–4 2–4 0–2
Seattle 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–5 3–2 0–2 2–4 4–1 1–1 4–2 2–4 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–4 3–2 4–1 3–2 1–1
Utah 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–3 4–2 1–1 3–2 3–3 1–1 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 2–3 5–1 4–2 2–3 1–1
Washington 0–5 2–4 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–4 2–0 1–1 1–4 4–2 4–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Washington Bullets: Pistons win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: This was their first meeting in the playoffs.

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(2) Atlanta Hawks vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 3): Detroit 112, Atlanta 111
  • Game 2 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 5): Atlanta 115, Detroit 102
  • Game 3 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (May 8): Detroit 108, Atlanta 99
  • Game 4 @ Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac (May 10): Detroit 89, Atlanta 88
  • Game 5 @ The Omni, Atlanta (May 13): Detroit 104, Atlanta 96

Last Playoff Meeting: 1986 Eastern Conference First Round (Atlanta won 3-1)

East Conference Finals[edit]

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Boston won 4-2)

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]

See also[edit]