1989–90 Detroit Pistons season

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1989–90 Detroit Pistons season
NBA Champions
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Head coach Chuck Daly
General manager Jack McCloskey
Owner(s) William Davidson
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 59–23 (.720)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish NBA Champions
(Defeated Trail Blazers 4-1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television WKBD-TV
PASS Sports
Radio WJR
< 1988–89 1990–91 >

The 1989–90 NBA season was the Pistons' 42nd season in the National Basketball Association, and 33rd season in the city of Detroit.[1] As the defending champions, the Pistons had another successful season winning 13 consecutive games around January and February, then posting a 12-game winning streak in March as they finished first place in the Eastern Conference with a 59–23 record. Three members of the team, Isiah Thomas, last year's Finals MVP Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman were all selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game. Dumars was also selected to the All-NBA Third Team, and Rodman was named Defensive Player of The Year.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons swept the Indiana Pacers in three straight games. Then defeated the 5th-seeded New York Knicks four games to one in the semifinals. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons defeated the Chicago Bulls in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals for the third straight year. In the finals, they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five hard-fought games to win their second consecutive NBA championship. Thomas was named NBA Finals MVP.[2] The Pistons would not reach the NBA Finals again until 2004, in which they won the Finals in five games against their heavily favored rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers to win their third NBA championship.

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 27 Kenny Battle Forward  United States Illinois

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 23 United States Aguirre, Mark 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 232 lb (105 kg) DePaul
C 20 United States Bedford, William 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Memphis
SG 4 United States Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
C 53 United States Edwards, James 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Washington
PF 33 United States Greenwood, Dave 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 222 lb (101 kg) UCLA
PF 35 United States Hastings, Scott 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Arkansas
PG 12 United States Henderson, Gerald 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Virginia Commonwealth
PG 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
SF 10 United States Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Southeastern Oklahoma State
PF 22 United States Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
PG 11 United States Thomas, Isiah 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-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720 35–6 24–17 22–8
x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4 36–5 19–22 20–10
x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15 27–14 17–24 14–16
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17 27–14 15–26 14–16
x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17 28–13 14–27 16–14
Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18 25–16 16–25 15–15
Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41 12–29 6–35 4–26
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 59 23 .720
2 y-Philadelphia 76ers 53 29 .646 6
3 x-Chicago Bulls 55 27 .671 4
4 x-Boston Celtics 52 30 .634 7
5 x-New York Knicks 45 37 .549 14
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 44 38 .537 15
7 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 42 40 .512 17
8 x-Indiana Pacers 42 40 .512 17
9 Atlanta Hawks 41 41 .500 18
10 Washington Bullets 31 51 .378 28
11 Miami Heat 18 64 .220 41
11 Orlando Magic 18 64 .220 41
13 New Jersey Nets 17 65 .207 42

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Record vs. opponents[edit]

1989-90 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHA CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MIA MIL MIN NJN NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–3 2–0 0–5 2–3 0–2 1–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–0 3–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 5–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3
Charlotte 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 0–5 0–2
Chicago 5–0 2–2 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1
Cleveland 3–2 1–3 1–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 3–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Dallas 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 1–1 3–1 4–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–2 2–2 4–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 0–4 1–1
Detroit 2–3 2–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 5–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0
Golden State 0–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 2–2 3–2 1–3 2–3 2–2 1–1
Houston 0–2 0–2 4–1 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–4 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 1–3 4–0 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1
Indiana 3–2 3–1 1–1 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 3–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
L.A. Clippers 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–5 2–3 0–4 3–2 0–4 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–3 5–0 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1
Miami 0–4 0–5 1–1 0–4 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–5 3–1 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–3
Milwaukee 2–3 2–2 2–0 1–4 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 2–2 5–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–4 1–3 0–5 1–1
New Jersey 2–2 1–5 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 0–2 0–2 4–1 0–4 1–1 1–4 1–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3
New York 3–1 1–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 5–1 2–2 1–1 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0
Orlando 0–5 0–4 1–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 0–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–5 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4
Philadelphia 2–2 2–3 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 5–0 3–1 1–1 4–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–1
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 5–0 2–2 1–1 4–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–0 0–4 3–2 3–1 2–0
Portland 1–1 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 5–0 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–3 0–4 1–1 3–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–5 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–3 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–3 4–0 3–1 3–2 2–0
Seattle 1–1 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 2–3 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–3 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 5–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–3 3–1 2–0
Washington 2–2 3–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–3 1–1 3–2 0–5 4–0 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2

Game log[edit]

1989–90 game log
Total: 59–23 (Home: 35–6; Road: 24–17)
1989–90 schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Eastern Conference First Round[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (8) Indiana Pacers: Pistons win series 3-0

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff meeting)

Eastern Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (5) New York Knicks: Pistons win series 4-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Eastern Conference First Round (New York won 3-2)

Eastern Conference Finals[edit]

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

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Finals (Detroit won 4-2)

NBA Finals[edit]

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 5 Detroit 105–99 Portland
Game 2 June 7 Detroit 106–105 Portland
Game 3 June 10 Portland 121–106 Detroit
Game 4 June 12 Portland 112–109 Detroit
Game 5 June 14 Portland 92–90 Detroit

Pistons win series 4–1

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% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre 78 40 25.7 .488 .333 .756 3.9 1.9 .44 .24 14.1
William Bedford 42 0 5.9 .432 .167 .409 1.4 .1 .07 .40 2.8
Joe Dumars 75 71 34.4 .480 .400 .900 2.8 4.9 .84 .03 17.8
James Edwards 82 70 27.8 .498 .000 .749 4.2 .8 .28 .45 14.5
Dave Greenwood 37 0 5.5 .423 .000 .552 2.1 .3 .11 .24 1.6
Scott Hastings 40 0 4.2 .303 .250 .864 .8 .2 .08 .08 1.0
Gerald Henderson 46 0 7.3 .506 .452 .769 .7 1.3 .17 .04 2.3
Vinnie Johnson 82 12 24.0 .431 .147 .668 3.1 3.1 .87 .16 9.8
Stan Kimbrough 10 0 5.0 .438 .000 1.000 .7 .5 .40 .00 1.6
Bill Laimbeer 81 81 33.0 .484 .361 .854 9.6 2.1 .70 1.04 12.1
Ralph Lewis 4 0 1.5 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .00 .00 .0
Dennis Rodman 82 43 29.0 .581 .111 .654 9.7 .9 .63 .73 8.8
John Salley 82 12 23.3 .512 .250 .713 5.4 .8 .62 1.87 7.2
Isiah Thomas 81 81 37.0 .438 .309 .775 3.8 9.4 1.72 .23 18.4

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre 20 3 22.0 .467 .333 .750 4.6 1.4 .50 .15 11.0
William Bedford 5 0 3.8 .167 .000 1.000 .4 .0 .00 .20 .8
Joe Dumars 20 20 37.7 .458 .263 .876 2.2 4.8 1.10 .00 18.2
James Edwards 20 20 26.8 .494 .000 .604 3.6 .6 .25 .55 14.3
Dave Greenwood 5 0 9.4 .500 .000 .250 1.8 .0 .40 .00 1.0
Scott Hastings 5 0 3.2 .250 .000 .000 .0 .0 .20 .00 .4
Gerald Henderson 8 0 2.4 .200 .000 .000 .4 .5 .25 .00 .2
Vinnie Johnson 20 0 23.2 .462 .286 .791 2.8 2.7 .40 .20 10.3
Bill Laimbeer 20 20 33.4 .457 .349 .862 10.6 1.4 1.15 .90 11.1
Dennis Rodman 19 17 29.5 .568 .000 .514 8.5 .9 .47 .68 6.6
John Salley 20 0 27.4 .475 .000 .755 5.8 1.0 .45 1.65 9.5
Isiah Thomas 20 20 37.9 .463 .471 .794 5.4 8.2 2.15 .35 20.4

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]