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The 1995–96 NBA season was the Pistons' 48th season in the National Basketball Association, and 39th season in the city of Detroit.[1] During the offseason, the Pistons hired Doug Collins as head coach while acquiring Otis Thorpe from the Portland Trail Blazers, who won a championship as a member of the Houston Rockets in the 1994 NBA Finals. Under Collins, the Pistons who were now led by second-year star Grant Hill and Allan Houston, played .500 basketball in the first half of the season, as the team signed free agent Michael Curry along the way. However, Joe Dumars' production would slip as he averaged just 11.8 points per game. The Pistons reemerged as a playoff contender finishing fifth in the Central Division with a 46–36 record, and returned to the playoffs after a three-year absence thanks to the stellar play of Hill, who was selected for the 1996 NBA All-Star Game.

1995–96 Detroit Pistons season
Head coachDoug Collins
General managerRick Sund
Owner(s)William Davidson
ArenaThe Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record46–36 (.561)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Central)
Conference: 7th (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast First Round
(Lost to Magic 0–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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However, in the first round of the playoffs, they would be swept by the Orlando Magic in three straight games.[2] Following the season, Houston signed as a free agent with the New York Knicks.

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 18 Theo Ratliff PF/C   United States Wyoming
1 19 Randolph Childress PG   United States Wake Forest
2 30 Lou Roe PF   United States Massachusetts Amherst
2 58 Don Reid PF   United States Georgetown

RosterEdit

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
SG 25   Bardo, Steve 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Illinois
SG 12   Curry, Michael 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Georgia Southern
PG 4   Dumars, Joe 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) McNeese State
SF 33   Hill, Grant 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Duke
SG 20   Houston, Allan 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Tennessee
PG 1   Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jackson State
C 45   Leckner, Eric 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 265 lb (120 kg) Wyoming
SG 2   Macon, Mark 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Temple
PF 6   Mills, Terry 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Michigan
C 42   Ratliff, Theo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Wyoming
PF 52   Reid, Don 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Georgetown
SF 3   Roe, Lou 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Massachusetts
PF 50   Thorpe, Otis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Providence
C 41   West, Mark 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Old Dominion
Head coach

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

Roster

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Chicago Bulls 72 10 .878 0.0 39–2 33–8 24–4 82
x-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 20.0 32–9 20–21 19–9 82
x-Cleveland Cavaliers 51 31 .622 21.0 33–8 18–23 15–9 82
x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 26.0 26–15 20–21 15–13 82
x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 26.0 30–11 16–25 15–13 82
Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 31.0 25–16 16–25 13–15 82
Milwaukee Bucks 25 57 .305 47.0 14–27 11–30 8–20 82
Toronto Raptors 21 61 .256 51.0 15–26 6–35 5–23 82


Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Chicago Bulls * 72 10 .878 82
2 y-Orlando Magic * 60 22 .732 12.0 82
3 x-Indiana Pacers 52 30 .634 20.0 82
4 x-Cleveland Cavaliers 51 31 .622 21.0 82
5 x-New York Knicks 47 35 .573 25.0 82
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 46 36 .561 26.0 82
7 x-Detroit Pistons 46 36 .561 26.0 82
8 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 30.0 82
9 Charlotte Hornets 41 41 .500 31.0 82
10 Washington Bullets 39 43 .476 33.0 82
11 Boston Celtics 33 49 .402 39.0 82
12 New Jersey Nets 30 52 .366 42.0 82
13 Milwaukee Bucks 25 57 .305 47.0 82
14 Toronto Raptors 21 61 .256 51.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 18 64 .220 54.0 82
z – clinched division title
y – clinched division title
x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1995-96 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 TOR UTA VAN WAS
Atlanta 4–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–1 2–2 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–3
Boston 0–4 2–2 0–3 1–3 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–2 0–4 1–3 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Charlotte 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 0–3 3–0 0–4 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1
Chicago 4–0 3–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0
Cleveland 1–3 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–2 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 0–2 2–0 3–1
Dallas 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–3 4–0 0–2
Denver 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 1–1 4–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–0 3–1 3–1 1–1
Detroit 2–2 1–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 4–0 0–4 1–3 4–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 0–2 2–0 1–2
Golden State 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 4–0 1–1
Houston 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Indiana 3–1 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 0–2 2–0 3–0
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 1–3 3–1 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 1–1
Miami 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–1 5–0 1–3 1–3 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2
Milwaukee 2–2 1–3 1–3 0–4 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–3
Minnesota 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 4–0 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–2
New Jersey 0–4 2–2 3–0 0–3 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–4 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 2–0 2–2
New York 1–2 4–0 0–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 3–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–1
Orlando 2–2 3–1 4–0 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–0
Philadelphia 1–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–0 0–2 0–4 0–2 0–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–3
Phoenix 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 0–2 3–1 1–3 1–1 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–0 1–3 4–0 2–0
Portland 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–0 0–2 4–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–2 0–2
Sacramento 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–3 0–4 2–0 0–4 2–2 0–2
San Antonio 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 4–0 1–1
Seattle 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 4–0 4–0 0–2 4–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 1–1
Toronto 0–4 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–4 2–0 0–2 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1
Utah 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 4–0 1–3 1–3 2–0 4–0 1–1
Vancouver 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 0–4 1–3 1–1 0–4 0–2
Washington 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(2) Orlando Magic vs. (7) Detroit Pistons Last Playoff Meeting: This is the first meeting between the Magic and Pistons.

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(ORL-DET)

Venue Recap Television
1 April 26 Orlando 112 Detroit 92 1-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 1 TBS 7:00et
2 April 28 Orlando 92 Detroit 77 2-0 Orlando Arena, Orlando, Florida 2 NBC 12:30et
3 April 30 Detroit 98 Orlando 101 3-0 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan 3 TNT 8:00et
Orlando wins series 3–0

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
Steve Bardo
Michael Curry
Joe Dumars
Grant Hill
Allan Houston
Lindsey Hunter
Eric Leckner
Mark Macon
Terry Mills
Theo Ratliff
Don Reid
Lou Roe
Otis Thorpe
Mark West

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Michael Curry
Joe Dumars
Grant Hill
Allan Houston
Lindsey Hunter
Eric Leckner
Terry Mills
Theo Ratliff
Don Reid
Lou Roe
Otis Thorpe
Mark West

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1995-96 Detroit Pistons
  2. ^ "N.B.A. PLAYOFFS; Magic Gets First Sweep By Finishing Off Pistons". New York Times. May 1, 1996. Retrieved October 13, 2017.

See alsoEdit