2018–19 Detroit Pistons season

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2018–19 Detroit Pistons season
Head coachDwane Casey
General managerEd Stefanski (interim)
Owner(s)Tom Gores
ArenaLittle Caesars Arena
Results
Record41–41 (.500)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Bucks 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Detroit
RadioWXYT
< 2017–18 2019–20 >

The 2018–19 Detroit Pistons season was the 78th season of the franchise, the 71st in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the second in Midtown Detroit. This was the first season under new head coach Dwane Casey.

The Pistons qualified for the NBA playoffs during the final game of the regular season with a 115–89 victory over the New York Knicks on April 10. This marked the first time the team qualified for the playoffs since the 2015–16 season and for only the second time in the last 10 seasons. In the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in four games.

Offseason[edit]

On May 7, 2018, the Detroit Pistons fired head coach Stan Van Gundy after the team missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.[1] On June 11, 2018, the Pistons hired Dwane Casey as head coach.[2]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Team
2 38 Khyri Thomas SG  United States Creighton
2 42 Bruce Brown Jr. SG  United States Miami

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 6 Brown, Bruce 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 202 lb (92 kg) 1996–08–15 Miami (FL)
G 81 Calderón, José 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1981–09–28 Spain
C 0 Drummond, Andre 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 279 lb (127 kg) 1993–08–10 Connecticut
G 20 Ellington, Wayne 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1987–11–29 North Carolina
G 9 Galloway, Langston 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–12–09 Saint Joseph's
F 23 Griffin, Blake 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1989–03–16 Oklahoma
G 1 Jackson, Reggie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1990–04–16 Boston College
G 5 Kennard, Luke 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1996–06–24 Duke
F 30 Leuer, Jon 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1989–05–14 Wisconsin
G 24 Lucas, Kalin (TW) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989–05–24 Michigan State
F 7 Maker, Thon 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 1997–02–25 Orangeville Prep (CAN)
F 19 Mykhailiuk, Sviatoslav 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997–06–10 Kansas
C 27 Pachulia, Zaza 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1984–02–10 Georgia
G/F 22 Robinson, Glenn 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1994–01–08 Michigan
G 14 Smith, Ish 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1988–07–05 Wake Forest
G 13 Thomas, Khyri 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1996–05–08 Creighton
G 12 Whitehead, Isaiah (TW) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1995–03–08 Seton Hall
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Tim Grgurich
  • Sidney Lowe
  • Micah Nori
  • Sean Sweeney
  • DJ Bakker (player development)
  • JD Dubois (player development)
  • Bryston Williams (player development)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–03–10

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zMilwaukee Bucks 60 22 .732 0.0 33–8 27–14 14–2 82
xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 29–12 19–22 11–5 82
xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 26–15 15–26 8–8 82
Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 9–32 13–28 3–13 82
Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 13–28 6–35 4–12 82

Conference[edit]

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zMilwaukee Bucks * 60 22 .732 82
2 yToronto Raptors * 58 24 .707 2.0 82
3 xPhiladelphia 76ers 51 31 .622 9.0 82
4 xBoston Celtics 49 33 .598 11.0 82
5 xIndiana Pacers 48 34 .585 12.0 82
6 xBrooklyn Nets 42 40 .512 18.0 82
7 yOrlando Magic * 42 40 .512 18.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 41 41 .500 19.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 39 43 .476 21.0 82
10 Miami Heat 39 43 .476 21.0 82
11 Washington Wizards 32 50 .390 28.0 82
12 Atlanta Hawks 29 53 .354 31.0 82
13 Chicago Bulls 22 60 .268 38.0 82
14 Cleveland Cavaliers 19 63 .232 41.0 82
15 New York Knicks 17 65 .207 43.0 82

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2018 preseason game log
Total: 2–3 (Home: 0–2; Road: 2–1)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2018–19 game log
Total: 41–41 (Home: 26–15; Road: 15–26)
2018–19 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

Game log[edit]

2019 playoff game log
Total: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
2019 playoff schedule

Transactions[edit]

Overview[edit]

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

Trades[edit]

June 21, 2018[3] To Detroit Pistons
Khyri Thomas
To Philadelphia 76ers
Two future 2nd-round draft picks
February 6, 2019[4] To Detroit Pistons
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
Future 2nd-round draft pick
To Los Angeles Lakers
Reggie Bullock
February 7, 2019[5] Three-team trade
To Milwaukee Bucks
Nikola Mirotić (from New Orleans)
To New Orleans Pelicans
Stanley Johnson (from Detroit)
Jason Smith (from Milwaukee)
Four future 2nd-round draft picks
To Detroit Pistons
Thon Maker (from Milwaukee)

Free agency[edit]

Additions[edit]

Date Player Contract terms Former team Ref.
July 7 José Calderón 1-year contract worth $2.39 million Cleveland Cavaliers [6]
Glenn Robinson III 1-year contract worth $4.08 million Indiana Pacers
July 15 Zaza Pachulia 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Golden State Warriors [7]
January 17 Kalin Lucas Two-way contract Stockton Kings [8]
Isaiah Whitehead Two-way contract Russia Lokomotiv Kuban
February 9 Wayne Ellington Miami Heat [9]

Subtractions[edit]

Date Player Contract terms New team Ref.
July 1 Jameer Nelson [10]
July 7 Dwight Buycks Waived China Shenzhen Leopards [11][12]
July 8 Eric Moreland Waived Toronto Raptors [13]
July 9 Anthony Tolliver 1-year contract worth $5.75 million Minnesota Timberwolves [14]
July 13 James Ennis III 2-year contract worth $3.47 million Houston Rockets [15]
August 21 Kay Felder Toronto Raptors [16]
September 25 Scottie Lindsey Waived [17]
October 7 Chris McCullough Waived China Shanxi Brave Dragons [18][19]
October 12 Johnny Hamilton Waived [20]
October 15 Reggie Hearn Waived [21]
January 17 Keenan Evans Waived [8]
Zach Lofton Waived
February 9 Henry Ellenson Waived New York Knicks [9][22]

Awards[edit]

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
Andre Drummond Eastern Conference Player of the Week March 10, 2019 [23]

References[edit]

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  22. ^ "New York Knicks Sign Henry Ellenson to 10-Day Contract". Knicks.com. February 20, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
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