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2003–04 Detroit Pistons season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the 63rd season for the Pistons, the 56th in the National Basketball Association, and the 47th in the Detroit area.[1] Despite a solid year last season, the Pistons received the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, which they obtained from the Memphis Grizzlies. They selected Darko Miličić as their top pick, but only used him as a reserve as he played limited minutes off the bench; he would later be regarded as one of the most infamous busts in the history of the NBA draft. After their first trip to the Conference Finals since 1991, the Pistons hired Larry Brown as head coach. Under Brown, the Pistons were once again a tough defensive team as they went on a 13-game winning streak between December and January. However, after a solid 33–16 start, they struggled in February losing six straight games. At midseason, the team acquired All-Star forward Rasheed Wallace from the Atlanta Hawks after playing just one game for them.[2] With the addition of Wallace, the Pistons won 16 of their final 19 games finishing second in the Central Division with a 54–28 record. Ben Wallace was selected for the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. The Pistons went on to win the NBA Championship for the third time in franchise history, with Miličić being the youngest player to win said championship.

2003–04 Detroit Pistons season
NBA champions
Conference champions
Head coachLarry Brown
General managerJoe Dumars
Owner(s)William Davidson
ArenaThe Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record54–28 (.659)
PlaceDivision: 2nd (Central)
Conference: 3rd (Eastern)
Playoff finishNBA Champions
(Defeated Lakers 4–1)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Net Detroit, WKBD
RadioWDFN
< 2002–03 2004–05 >

In the first round of the playoffs, the Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks in five games despite losing Game 2 at home. In the semifinals, they faced the New Jersey Nets who swept them in the Eastern Conference Finals in the previous year. The Pistons would win the first two games at home, but the Nets would put up a fight against the Pistons to take a 3–2 series lead, which included a triple overtime win in Game 5. However, with the Pistons facing elimination, the Pistons were digging an early hole in Game 6, but the Pistons were able to erase a 13–2 deficit and never trailed for the remainder of the game as they would refuse to relinquish the lead to the Nets and win game 6 81–75. In Game 7, the Pistons stingy defense held Jason Kidd to 0 points to blow out the Nets 90–69 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they defeated the top-seeded Indiana Pacers in a defensive six game series to earn their first appearance in the NBA Finals since 1990. In the Finals, the Pistons would pull off one of the greatest upsets in NBA history by defeating the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers four games to one, winning their third overall championship and first since 1990. Chauncey Billups was named Finals MVP.[3]

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Team
1 2 Darko Miličić Forward/Center   Serbia and Montenegro Hemofarm Vrsac (Serbia and Montenegro and Adriatic League)
1 25 Carlos Delfino Guard   Argentina Unión de Santa Fe (Argentina)
2 58 Andreas Glyniadakis Center   Greece AEK Athens (Greece)

RosterEdit

Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
PG 1   Billups, Chauncey 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Colorado
C 41   Campbell, Elden 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 279 lb (127 kg) Clemson
SF 24   Fowlkes, Tremaine 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 212 lb (96 kg) Fresno State
SF 8   Ham, Darvin 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Texas Tech
SG 32   Hamilton, Richard 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Connecticut
PG 10   Hunter, Lindsey 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jackson State
PG 7   James, Mike 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Duquesne
C 31   Miličić, Darko 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 275 lb (125 kg) Serbia and Montenegro
PF 13   Okur, Mehmet 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 290 lb (132 kg) Turkey
SF 22   Prince, Tayshaun 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kentucky
C 3   Wallace, Ben 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Virginia Union
PF 30   Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) North Carolina
SF 34   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

Roster
Last transaction: 2004–02–26

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Indiana Pacers 61 21 .744 34–7 27–14 20–8
x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 7 31–10 23–18 17–11
x-New Orleans Hornets 41 41 .500 20 25–16 16–25 14–14
x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 20 27–14 14–27 15–13
Cleveland Cavaliers 35 47 .427 26 23–18 12–29 14–14
Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 28 18–23 15–26 11–17
Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 33 18–23 10–31 10–18
Chicago Bulls 23 59 .280 38 14–27 9–32 11–17
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Indiana Pacers 61 21 .744
2 y-New Jersey Nets 47 35 .573 14
3 x-Detroit Pistons 54 28 .659 7
4 x-Miami Heat 42 40 .512 19
5 x-New Orleans Hornets 41 41 .500 20
6 x-Milwaukee Bucks 41 41 .500 20
7 x-New York Knicks 39 43 .476 22
8 x-Boston Celtics 36 46 .439 25
9 Cleveland Cavaliers 35 47 .427 26
10 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 28
11 Philadelphia 76ers 33 49 .402 28
12 Atlanta Hawks 28 54 .341 33
13 Washington Wizards 25 57 .305 36
14 Chicago Bulls 23 59 .280 37
15 Orlando Magic 21 61 .256 39


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2003-04 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND LAC LAL MEM MIA MIL MIN NJN NOH NYK ORL PHI PHO POR SAC SAS SEA TOR UTA WAS
Atlanta 3–1 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 0–3 1–3 1–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Boston 1–3 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–1
Chicago 1–3 2–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 4–0 1–1 1–3
Cleveland 3–1 1–3 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–2 1–2 3–1 4–0 2–1 3–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 2–2
Dallas 0–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 3–1 3–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Denver 0–2 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–0 4–0 2–2 1–3 2–2 0–2 3–1 2–0
Detroit 3–1 3–0 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0 3–1 0–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–0
Golden State 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–3 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 1–1
Houston 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–4 0–4 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–0
Indiana 4–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–3 1–1 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 2–0 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 2–1
L.A. Clippers 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 0–2
L.A. Lakers 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0
Memphis 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–0 1–3 2–0
Miami 3–1 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 3–2 3–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–0
Milwaukee 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 3–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–1 3–1
Minnesota 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–2 1–1 4–0 3–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–0 2–2 2–0
New Jersey 3–1 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–3 1–1 2–1 3–1 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–2 1–1 4–0
New Orleans 2–2 4–0 2–2 1–3 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 3–1
New York 3–0 3–1 2–2 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 0–2 4–0
Orlando 3–1 1–3 1–3 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–2 1–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–1 4–0
Philadelphia 2–1 1–3 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–1 1–2 1–1 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 2–2
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1
Portland 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 0–4 0–2 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–0 1–1 3–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 3–1 0–4 2–2 1–1 2–2 1–1
Sacramento 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–0 3–1 1–1
San Antonio 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 4–0 4–0 2–2 4–0 2–0 4–0 2–0
Seattle 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4 1–1 1–3 1–1
Toronto 3–1 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 1–1 0–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 1–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–3
Utah 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–1 1–3 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–2 1–3 0–4 3–1 1–1 1–1
Washington 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–4 0–4 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1

Game logEdit

2003–04 game log
Total: 54–28 (Home: 31–10; Road: 23–18)
2003–04 schedule

PlayoffsEdit

East First RoundEdit

(3) Detroit Pistons vs. (6) Milwaukee Bucks: Pistons win series 4–1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1989 Eastern Conference Semifinals (Detroit won 4-0)

East Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) New Jersey Nets vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4–3

Last Playoff Meeting: 2003 Eastern Conference Finals (New Jersey won 4-0)

East Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Indiana Pacers vs. (3) Detroit Pistons: Pistons win series 4–2

Last Playoff Meeting: 1990 Eastern Conference First Round (Detroit won 3-0)

NBA FinalsEdit

Series summaryEdit

Team/Game 1 2 (OT) 3 4 5 Wins
Los Angeles (West) 75 99 68 80 87 1
Detroit (East) 87 91 88 88 100 4

(OT) denotes a game that required overtime.

The Finals were played using a 2-3-2 site format, where the first two and last two games are held at the team with home court advantage. This was only used in the Finals, all other playoff series are held in a 2-2-1-1-1 format (the team with home court advantage starts).[4]

AspectsEdit

The Lakers had a lineup of stars such as Karl Malone, Gary Payton, Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal – their offensive capability was expected to overpower Detroit's defensive-based gameplan.

Payton and Malone also added to the publicity of the Finals. Perennial All-Stars who had both previously reached the Finals, Payton had led the Seattle SuperSonics there in 1996, while Malone had led the Utah Jazz there in 1997 and 1998.[5] However, Michael Jordan and the Bulls denied their championship rings a total of three times. By the time of Jordan's retirement in 2003, the two veterans were aged and failed to lead their teams deep into the playoffs.[5][6] Thus, this Finals series was seen as the last chance for two of the greatest players in NBA history to finally become NBA champions (Later on, Malone retired while Payton became a champion as a key bench player for the Miami Heat).

Game OneEdit

Sunday, June 6, 2004, 14:30 at the Staples Center.

Considered to be a stunning upset by most of the NBA world, the Detroit Pistons managed to defeat the Lakers with imposing defense.[7] Defensively clamping down on everyone but Bryant and O'Neal, the Pistons managed to hold everyone else to a total of 16 points.

The Pistons trailed the Lakers 41–40 at halftime, but a 10–4 surge capped by Billups's 3-pointer gave the Pistons the lead. O'Neal's foul trouble furthered the scoring gap, with the Pistons leading by 13 points early in the fourth quarter.

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Detroit 22 18 24 23 87
Los Angeles 19 22 17 17 75

Game TwoEdit

Tuesday, June 8, 2004, 15:04 at the Staples Center.

The second game was close throughout the first half, but in the third quarter Detroit would score 30 points, cutting the deficit 68–66. However, at the end of the fourth quarter, Kobe Bryant's 3-point shot at 2.1 seconds to go would tie the game at 89–89. The Lakers and Pistons would then go to overtime, with the Lakers outscoring the Pistons 10–2.

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. OT Total
Detroit 16 20 30 23 2 91
Los Angeles 18 26 24 21 10 99

Game ThreeEdit

Thursday, June 10, 2004, 14:31 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons beat Los Angeles by 20 in their first NBA Finals appearance together at The Palace of Auburn Hills since 1989[8] to take a 2–1 lead in the series. The 68 points scored by the Lakers set a (post-shot clock) franchise record for the fewest points scored in a Finals game. (Even Jay Leno was upset, saying in his Tonight Show monologue: "68 points? 68 is a great score...if you're playing golf!")

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Los Angeles 16 16 19 17 68
Detroit 24 15 24 25 88

Game FourEdit

Sunday, June 13, 2004, 14:49 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Again, the Pistons defeated the Lakers, although this time by eight, to take a 3–1 series advantage.

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Los Angeles 22 17 17 24 80
Detroit 21 20 15 32 88

Game FiveEdit

Tuesday, June 15, 2004, 14:32 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

In Game 5, the Pistons won their first championship since 1990, and Larry Brown finally won a title as an NBA head coach. The Pistons defense had overcome the high-scoring Laker offense, winning the game by 13, winning the series 4-1, and also ending a long Laker dynasty that lasted for many years. The game saw the end of Phil Jackson's first run as the coach (he returned for the 2005-06 season), and saw O'Neal, Payton, and Malone's last games in Laker uniforms (O'Neal and Payton were both acquired by the soon-to-be NBA Champions Miami Heat and Malone retired).

Team 1st Qt. 2nd Qt. 3rd Qt. 4th Qt. Total
Los Angeles 24 21 14 28 87
Detroit 25 30 27 18 100

Playoff Defensive RecordsEdit

As a result of their incredible defensive dominance, the 2004 Pistons set a number of notable shot-clock era (1955–Present) defensive Playoff records

  • Allowed under 90 points in 18 playoff games [9]
  • Allowed under 85 points in 16 playoff games [10]
  • Allowed under 80 points in 11 playoff games [11]
  • Allowed under 75 points in 6 playoff games [12]
  • Allowed under 70 points in 6 playoff games [13]
  • Allowed 65 or less points in 3 playoff games [14]
  • One of 2 teams (1998 Bulls) to allow under 60 points in a playoff game [15]
  • Allowed under 40% FG in 12 playoff games [16]
  • Allowed under 35% FG in 5 playoff games [17] (Tied with 1999 Knicks)
  • Allowed under 30% FG in 2 playoff games [18] (Tied with 1999 Knicks)

Least Points Per Game (PPG) allowed in a shot-clock era Playoff run of any length

  • The 2004 Pistons allowed 80.696 PPG,[19] slightly lower than the 2000 Heat at 80.700 PPG allowed [20]
  • Excluding Overtime periods, the 2004 Pistons allowed 78.6 PPG for the Playoffs in regulation compared to 79.9 PPG allowed for the 2000 Heat

The 2004 Pistons had a Defensive Rating of 92.0 in the Playoffs [21]

  • This is the lowest Defensive Rating any team has had in a Post-1st Round Playoff run in the 3-point era (1980–present)
  • The 2000 Spurs had a 91.4 Defensive Rating,[22] but this was in a 1st Round loss of only 4 games

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% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chauncey Billups 78 78 35.4 .394 .388 .878 3.5 5.7 1.08 0.10 16.9
Elden Campbell 65 27 13.7 .439 .685 3.2 0.7 0.32 0.77 5.6
Tremaine Fowlkes 36 0 7.3 .313 .125 .722 1.5 0.4 0.25 0.08 1.2
Darvin Ham 54 2 9.0 .493 .500 .600 1.7 0.3 0.24 0.15 1.8
Richard Hamilton 78 78 35.5 .455 .265 .868 3.6 4.0 1.32 0.22 17.6
Lindsey Hunter 33 8 20.0 .343 .280 .625 2.0 2.6 1.18 0.18 3.5
Mike James* 26 0 19.7 .405 .364 .844 2.2 3.7 1.00 0.04 6.3
Darko Miličić 34 0 4.7 .262 .000 .583 1.3 0.2 0.21 0.44 1.4
Mehmet Okur 71 33 22.3 .463 .375 .775 5.9 1.0 0.51 0.89 9.6
Tayshaun Prince 82 80 32.9 .467 .363 .766 4.8 2.3 0.77 0.84 10.3
Ben Wallace 81 81 37.7 .421 .125 .490 12.4 1.7 1.77 3.04 9.5
Rasheed Wallace* 22 21 30.6 .431 .319 .704 7.0 1.8 1.09 2.05 13.7
Corliss Williamson 79 0 19.9 .505 .731 3.2 0.7 0.38 0.25 9.5

* Statistics include only games with the Pistons

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Chauncey Billups 23 23 38.3 .385 .346 .890 3.0 5.9 1.35 0.09 16.4
Elden Campbell 14 0 8.9 .286 .556 1.8 0.7 0.43 0.64 2.1
Darvin Ham 22 0 4.9 .500 .000 0.6 0.0 0.14 0.18 0.7
Richard Hamilton 23 23 40.2 .447 .385 .848 4.6 4.2 1.17 0.04 21.5
Lindsey Hunter 23 0 11.9 .292 .233 .917 1.4 0.9 0.78 0.17 2.4
Mike James 22 0 8.9 .396 .429 .563 1.2 1.1 0.23 0.00 2.6
Darko Miličić 8 0 1.8 .000 .250 0.4 0.1 0.13 0.00 0.1
Mehmet Okur 22 0 11.5 .470 .400 .692 2.8 0.4 0.23 0.41 3.7
Tayshaun Prince 23 23 34.6 .410 .265 .745 6.0 2.3 1.09 1.35 9.9
Ben Wallace 23 23 40.2 .454 .000 .427 14.3 1.9 1.91 2.43 10.3
Rasheed Wallace 23 23 34.9 .413 .243 .767 7.8 1.6 0.57 1.96 13.0
Corliss Williamson 22 0 14.9 .364 .000 .809 2.2 0.7 0.27 0.14 5.7

Award winnersEdit

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Via retirement

Waived

TradesEdit

August 21, 2003[23] To Detroit Pistons
Bob Sura
To Golden State Warriors
Cliff Robinson
Pepe Sánchez
August 28, 2003[24] To Detroit Pistons
Lindsey Hunter
To Toronto Raptors
Michael Curry
February 19, 2004[25] Three-team trade
To Atlanta Hawks
Chris Mills (from Boston)
Bob Sura (from Detroit)
Željko Rebrača (from Detroit)
2004 first-round pick (from Milwaukee via Denver and Detroit)
To Boston Celtics
Chucky Atkins (from Detroit)
Lindsey Hunter (from Detroit)
2004 first-round pick (from Detroit)
Cash considerations
To Detroit Pistons
Mike James (from Boston)
Rasheed Wallace (from Atlanta)

Free agencyEdit

AdditionsEdit

Date Player Former team Ref.
July 26 Elden Campbell Seattle SuperSonics [26][27]
September 23 Darvin Ham Atlanta Hawks [28]
October 28 Tremaine Fowlkes Los Angeles Clippers [29]
February 26 Lindsey Hunter Boston Celtics [30]

SubtractionsEdit

Date Player Reason New team Ref.
September 13 Danny Manning Retired N/A [31]
October 22 Justin Hamilton Waived   Ionikos [32][33][34]
Derrick Zimmerman Waived Columbus Riverdragons
October 23 Ronald Dupree Waived Chicago Bulls [35][36]
January 20 Hubert Davis Waived New Jersey Nets [37]

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