2002–03 Detroit Pistons season

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2002–03 Detroit Pistons season
Division Champions
Head coach Rick Carlisle
General manager Joe Dumars
Arena The Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record 50–32 (.610)
Place Division: 1st (Central)
Conference: 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish Lost in East Conference Finals to New Jersey
(0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
< 2001–02 2003–04 >

The 2002–03 Detroit Pistons season was the 62nd season of the franchise, the 55th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 46th in the Detroit area.[1] With the acquisitions of Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups, the Pistons finished the season with a 50–32 record, earning them first place in the Eastern Conference. After defeating the Orlando Magic in the first round, and Philadelphia 76ers in the semifinals, the Pistons were a serious title contender. Instead, they had their season ended with a sweep to the New Jersey Nets in four straight Eastern Conference Final games.

Ben Wallace was voted to play in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game for the first time in his career. He also won Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Following the season, Pistons head coach Rick Carlisle was fired after spending only two seasons with the team. Also following the season, Clifford Robinson was traded to the Golden State Warriors, Jon Barry signed as a free agent with the Denver Nuggets, and Danny Manning retired.

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2002 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 23 Tayshaun Prince SF  United States Kentucky

Roster[edit]

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G 7 United States Atkins, Chucky 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 160 lb (73 kg) South Florida
G 20 United States Barry, Jon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Georgia Tech
G 1 United States Billups, Chauncey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
F 12 United States Curry, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Georgia Southern
G 44 United States Davis, Hubert 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 183 lb (83 kg) North Carolina
G/F 32 United States Hamilton, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Connecticut
F 5 United States Manning, Danny 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Kansas
C 13 Turkey Okur, Mehmet 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Turkey
F 22 United States Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kentucky
C 39 Serbia Rebrača, Željko 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 257 lb (117 kg) Serbia
F 52 United States Reid, Don 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Georgetown
F/C 30 United States Robinson, Cliff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Connecticut
G 6 Argentina Sánchez, Pepe 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Temple
F/C 3 United States Wallace, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Virginia Union
F 34 United States Williamson, Corliss 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Arkansas
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Note[edit]

Bold = All-Star selection

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610 30–11 20–21 19–9
x-Indiana Pacers 48 34 .585 2 32–9 16–25 19–9
x-New Orleans Hornets 47 35 .573 3 29–12 18–23 17–11
x-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 8 25–16 17–24 16–12
Atlanta Hawks 35 47 .427 15 26–15 9–32 14–14
Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 20 27–14 3–38 12–16
Toronto Raptors 24 58 .293 26 15–26 9–32 10–18
Cleveland Cavaliers 17 65 .207 33 14–27 3–38 5–23
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 c-Detroit Pistons 50 32 .610
2 y-New Jersey Nets 49 33 .598 1
3 x-Indiana Pacers 48 34 .585 2
4 x-Philadelphia 76ers 48 34 .585 2
5 x-New Orleans Hornets 47 35 .573 3
6 x-Boston Celtics 44 38 .537 6
7 x-Milwaukee Bucks 42 40 .512 8
8 x-Orlando Magic 42 40 .512 8
9 New York Knicks 37 45 .451 13
9 Washington Wizards 37 45 .451 13
11 Atlanta Hawks 35 47 .427 15
12 Chicago Bulls 30 52 .366 20
13 Miami Heat 25 57 .305 25
14 Toronto Raptors 24 58 .293 26
15 Cleveland Cavaliers 17 65 .207 33


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

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

East First Round[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (8) Orlando Magic Last Playoff Meeting: 1996 Eastern Conference First Round (Orlando won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(ORL-DET)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 April 20 Orlando 99 Detroit 94 1-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 12:30et Recap
2 April 23 Orlando 77 Detroit 89 1-1 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills NBA TV 8:00et Recap
3 April 25 Detroit 80 Orlando 89 2-1 TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando ESPN 8:00et Recap
4 April 27 Orlando 100 Detroit 92 3-1 TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando ESPN 5:30et Recap
5 April 30 Orlando 67 Detroit 98 3-2 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills NBA TV 7:30et Recap
6 May 2 Detroit 103 Orlando 88 3–3 TD Waterhouse Centre, Orlando NBA TV 7:30et Recap
7 May 4 Orlando 93 Detroit 108 3–4 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 12:30et Recap
Detroit wins series 4–3

East Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (4) Philadelphia 76ers Last Playoff Meeting: 1955 NBA Finals (Syracuse Nationals, the predecessor to the 76ers, won 4-3 over the Pistons, at the time located in Fort Wayne, Indiana)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(PHI-DET)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 6 Philadelphia 87 Detroit 98 0–1 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 7:30et Recap
2* May 8 Philadelphia 97 Detroit 104 0–2 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 7:00et Recap
3 May 10 Detroit 83 Philadelphia 93 1–2 First Union Center, Philadelphia ESPN 8:00et Recap
4 May 11 Detroit 82 Philadelphia 95 2–2 First Union Center, Philadelphia ESPN 7:30et Recap
5 May 14 Philadelphia 77 Detroit 78 2–3 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 8:00et Recap
6* May 16 Detroit 93 Philadelphia 89 2–4 First Union Center, Philadelphia ESPN 8:00et Recap
Detroit wins series 4–2

*Required overtime.

East Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Detroit Pistons vs. (2) New Jersey Nets Last Playoff Meeting: 1985 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-0)

Game Date Visitor Score Home Score Record

(NJN-DET)

Venue TV Time Recap
1 May 18 New Jersey 76 Detroit 74 1-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ABC 1:00et Recap
2 May 20 New Jersey 88 Detroit 86 2-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills ESPN 8:00et Recap
3 May 22 Detroit 85 New Jersey 97 3-0 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey ABC 8:00et Recap
4 May 24 Detroit 82 New Jersey 102 4-0 Continental Airlines Arena, New Jersey ESPN 8:00et Recap
New Jersey wins Eastern Conference Championship series 4–0

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% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chucky Atkins 65 7 21.5 .361 .355 .816 1.5 2.7 0.4 0.1 7.1
Jon Barry 80 0 18.4 .450 .407 .860 2.3 2.6 0.8 0.2 6.9
Chauncey Billups 74 74 31.4 .421 .392 .878 3.7 3.9 0.9 0.2 16.2
Michael Curry 78 77 19.9 .402 .296 .800 1.6 1.3 0.6 0.1 3.0
Hubert Davis 43 1 7.6 .392 .333 .833 0.8 0.7 0.1 0.0 1.8
Richard Hamilton 82 82 32.2 .443 .269 .833 3.9 2.5 0.8 0.2 19.7
Danny Manning 13 0 6.8 .406 .375 .833 1.4 0.5 0.7 0.2 2.6
Mehmet Okur 72 9 19.0 .426 .339 .773 4.7 1.0 0.3 0.5 6.9
Tayshaun Prince 42 5 10.4 .449 .426 .647 1.1 0.6 0.2 0.3 3.3
Željko Rebrača 30 12 16.3 .552 ---- .792 3.1 0.3 0.2 0.6 6.6
Don Reid 1 0 10.0 .000 --- .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Clifford Robinson 81 69 34.9 .398 .336 .676 3.9 3.3 1.1 1.1 12.2
Pepe Sánchez 9 0 4.1 .000 --- ---- 0.7 0.9 0.6 0.0 0.0
Ben Wallace 73 73 39.4 .481 .167 .450 15.4 1.6 1.4 3.2 6.9
Corliss Williamson 82 1 25.1 .453 .182 .790 4.4 1.3 0.5 0.3 12.0

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chucky Atkins
Jon Barry
Chauncey Billups
Michael Curry
Richard Hamilton
Danny Manning
Mehmet Okur
Tayshaun Prince
Željko Rebrača
Clifford Robinson
Ben Wallace
Corliss Williamson

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

September 11, 2002 To Washington Wizards
Brian Cardinal
Jerry Stackhouse
Ratko Varda
To Detroit Pistons
Hubert Davis
Richard Hamilton
Bobby Simmons
October 1, 2002 To Denver Nuggets
Rodney White
To Detroit Pistons
Mengke Bateer
Don Reid
2004 first-round pick
October 3, 2002 To San Antonio Spurs
Mengke Bateer
To Detroit Pistons
2003 second-round pick

Free agents[edit]

Additions
Player Date signed Former team
Chauncey Billups July 17 Minnesota Timberwolves
Pepe Sánchez October 10 Panathinaikos
Danny Manning February 5 Dallas Mavericks
Subtractions
Player Date signed New Team
Mikki Moore August 5 Boston Celtics
Bobby Simmons September 24 Washington Wizards

References[edit]

See also[edit]