1991–92 Detroit Pistons season

The 1991–92 NBA season was the Pistons' 44th season in the National Basketball Association, and 35th season in the city of Detroit.[1] During the offseason, the Pistons acquired Orlando Woolridge from the Denver Nuggets. The Pistons got off to a slow start with a 9–13 record, but managed to win 10 of their next 13 games. They won seven consecutive games in March, then won six in a row in April, finishing third in the Central Division with a 48–34 record. Three members of the team, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman were all selected for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game. Despite leading the league with an incredible 18.7 rebounds per game, Rodman fell short of his quest for a third straight Defensive Player of The Year award. Throughout the season, speculation that it was Chuck Daly's last season as coach of the Pistons lingered in the media, intensifying as the season went out and well into the playoffs.[2]

1991–92 Detroit Pistons season
Head coachChuck Daly
General managerJack McCloskey
Owner(s)William Davidson
ArenaThe Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record48–34 (.585)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast First Round
(Lost to Knicks 2–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWKBD-TV
PASS Sports
RadioWJR
< 1990–91 1992–93 >

As the “Bad Boys” era was fading, they were eliminated in five games in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Knicks.[3] The Pistons would not return to the playoffs until 1996. Following the season, Chuck Daly left to coach the New Jersey Nets, and John Salley was traded to the Miami Heat. Meanwhile, the Bulls-Pistons rivalry took another ugly turn as Thomas was left off the Dream Team coached by Daly, reportedly at the request of Michael Jordan.[4]

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
2 40 Doug Overton PG   United States La Salle

RosterEdit

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SF 23   Aguirre, Mark 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 232 lb (105 kg) DePaul
C 00   Bedford, William 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Memphis
SG 32   Blanks, Lance 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Texas
SG 4   Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
PG 12   Henderson, Gerald 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Virginia Commonwealth
C 40   Laimbeer, Bill 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Notre Dame
SF 30   McCann, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 244 lb (111 kg) Morehead State
PF 10   Rodman, Dennis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Southeastern Oklahoma State
PF 22   Salley, John 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Georgia Tech
C 3   Sellers, Brad 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Ohio State
SG 14   Thomas, Charles 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Eastern Michigan
PG 11   Thomas, Isiah 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Indiana
PG 5   Walker, Darrell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Arkansas
SF 6   Woolridge, Orlando 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Notre Dame
Head coach

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

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Chicago Bulls 67 15 .817 36–5 31–10 22–6
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 10 35–6 22–19 21-7
x-Detroit Pistons 48 34 .585 19 25–16 23–18 15–13
x-Indiana Pacers 40 42 .488 27 26–15 14–27 13–15
Atlanta Hawks 38 44 .463 29 23–18 15–26 7-21
Charlotte Hornets 31 51 .378 36 22–19 9–32 10-18
Milwaukee Bucks 31 51 .378 36 25–16 6–35 10-18
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Chicago Bulls 67 15 .817
2 y-Boston Celtics 51 31 .622 16
3 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 10
4 x-New York Knicks 51 31 .622 16
5 x-Detroit Pistons 48 34 .585 19
6 x-New Jersey Nets 40 42 .488 27
7 x-Indiana Pacers 40 42 .488 27
8 x-Miami Heat 38 44 .463 29
9 Atlanta Hawks 38 44 .463 29
10 Philadelphia 76ers 35 47 .427 32
11t Milwaukee Bucks 31 51 .378 36
11t Charlotte Hornets 31 51 .378 36
13 Washington Bullets 25 57 .305 42
14 Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 46
z - clinched conference title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1991-92 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 3–1 2–2 0–5 0–5 2–0 2–0 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 0–2 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2
Boston 1–3 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–2 2–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 5–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1
Charlotte 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–1 0–2 3–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 2–3 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–2
Chicago 5–0 3–1 4–0 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 3–2 2–0 4–0 4–0 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0
Cleveland 5–0 1–3 3–2 2–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 4–0 3–1 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0
Dallas 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–2 0–4 4–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–5 0–4 1–4 0–2
Denver 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–3 0–2 0–4 2–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–4 1–3 1–5 1–1
Detroit 4–1 0–4 4–1 1–4 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Golden State 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–2 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–3 5–0 2–2 3–2 1–3 2–0
Houston 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 3–1 3–2 1–3 1–4 2–0
Indiana 4–1 2–2 2–3 1–3 0–5 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2
L.A. Clippers 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 2–3 2–2 2–0 2–3 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–3 2–3 2–2 2–3 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–3 2–2 0–2 3–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 1–4 4–1 1–3 1–4 1–3 1–1
Miami 2–2 2–3 3–1 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 4–0 2–0 2–2 1–4 3–1 1–4 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 5–0
Milwaukee 1–3 2–2 3–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–4 1–3 3–1 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1 0–4 2–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 0–6 0–4 2–3 0–2
New Jersey 1–3 3–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 4–0 2–0 2–3 3–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–3
New York 2–2 2–3 4–0 0–4 0–4 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 4–1 3–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–0
Orlando 2–2 0–5 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–3 1–4 3–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–3
Philadelphia 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 4–1 1–3 2–0 2–3 1–3 2–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 5–0
Phoenix 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–3 3–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 4–1 3–1 3–2 2–2 2–0
Portland 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 3–2 1–3 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 5–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 2–0
Sacramento 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 0–5 1–3 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–4 0–5 1–3 1–4 1–3 2–0
San Antonio 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 5–0 4–1 1–1 2–2 2–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–4 0–2
Seattle 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 1–1 1–1 4–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–3 1–4 4–1 1–3 3–1 2–0
Utah 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 5–1 1–1 3–1 4–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 3–1 4–1 1–3 2–0
Washington 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–4 0–4 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–5 1–3 2–0 3–2 0–4 3–2 0–5 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(4) New York Knicks vs. (5) Detroit Pistons: Knicks win series 3–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4–1)

Player statisticsEdit

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

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre 75 12 21.1 .431 .211 .687 3.1 1.7 0.68 0.15 11.3
William Bedford 32 8 11.3 .413 .000 .636 2.0 0.4 0.19 0.56 3.6
Lance Blanks 43 0 4.4 .455 .375 .727 0.5 0.4 0.33 0.02 1.5
Joe Dumars 82 82 38.9 .448 .408 .867 2.3 4.6 0.87 0.15 19.9
Gerald Henderson 8 0 7.8 .381 .600 1.000 0.8 0.6 0.38 0.00 3.0
Bill Laimbeer 81 46 27.6 .470 .376 .893 5.6 2.0 0.63 0.67 9.7
Bob McCann 26 0 5.0 .394 .000 .308 1.2 0.2 0.23 0.15 1.2
Dennis Rodman 82 80 40.3 .539 .317 .600 18.7 2.3 0.83 0.85 9.8
John Salley 72 38 24.6 .512 .000 .715 4.1 1.6 0.68 1.53 9.5
Brad Sellers 43 1 5.3 .466 .000 .769 1.0 0.3 0.02 0.23 2.4
Charles Thomas 36 0 4.3 .353 .118 .667 0.6 0.6 0.11 0.03 1.3
Isiah Thomas 78 78 37.4 .446 .291 .772 3.2 7.2 1.51 0.19 18.5
Darrell Walker 74 4 20.8 .423 .000 .619 3.2 2.8 0.85 0.24 5.2
Orlando Woolridge 82 61 25.8 .498 .111 .683 3.2 1.1 0.50 0.40 14.0

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Mark Aguirre
William Bedford
Lance Blanks
Joe Dumars
Bill Laimbeer
Bob McCann
Dennis Rodman
John Salley
Brad Sellers
Isiah Thomas
Darrell Walker
Orlando Woolridge

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1991-92 Detroit Pistons
  2. ^ May 3, 1992 broadcast of The NBA on NBC
  3. ^ "Knicks Unite To Undo Pistons". The New York Times. May 4, 1992.
  4. ^ "Stars in Alignment for Jordan, Thomas". Los Angeles Times. February 9, 2003. Retrieved November 4, 2016.