Classic Team: 1989 Pistons

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#3 – Detroit Pistons
1989 NBA Champions

Number 3 Seed: Eastern Conference

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The Pistons in the 1980’s were very good, but they were missing one thing. They weren’t champions. Coming off a devastating defeat in the 1988 NBA Finals to the Lakers, the Pistons were determined to get back. At the trade deadline in 1989, the Pistons decided to make a personnel change – trading Adrian Dantley to Dallas for Mark Aguirre. The move worked to perfection, as Aguirre blended perfectly with Pistons star Isiah Thomas, propelling the Pistons to a then-franchise record 63 wins in the regular season. In the postseason, the Pistons won their first seven games, sweeping the Celtics and the Bucks. After losing game 1 to Michael Jordan’s Bulls, the Pistons won 4 out of the next 5 games to advance to face the MVP – Magic Johnson and the LA Lakers again in the ’89 NBA Finals for a repeat match-up. In the Finals, the Pistons would not be denied, sweeping the Lakers to win the first title in franchise history. Joe Dumars won NBA Finals MVP for the first time in his career.


1989 Playoff Stats

Playoff Record: 15 wins, 2 losses
Points Per Game: 100.9 | Opponents PPG: 92.9 | Difference: +7.7
Offensive Rating: 113.1 | Defensive Rating: 104.5 | Difference: +8.7

Full 1989 Pistons Stats available here


The Real MVPs

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Joe Dumars: 17.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.6 apg, 46% FG (Finals MVP ↑)
Isiah Thomas: 18.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 8.1 apg, 1.6 spg

NBA 2K17 Roster & Ratings

Bold indicates starter

PG – Isiah Thomas (92)
SG – Joe Dumars (90)
PF – Dennis Rodman (83)
SF – Mark Aguirre (82)
C – Bill Laimbeer (82)
SG – Vinnie Johnson (80)
SG – J. Long (76)
PG – M. Williams (76)
PF – Rick Mahorn (76)
PF – John Salley (76)
SF – P. Mannion (72)
C – D. Dawkins (70)
C – J. Edwards (68)


2K17 Tournament Results

First Round (Best-of-7)

(3) 1989 Detroit Pistons  vs  (6) 2013 Miami Heat

Results coming 8/31/17