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The 2015–16 Detroit Pistons season was the 75th season of the franchise, the 68th in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the 59th in the Detroit suburban area. This season marked the first time the Pistons qualified for the NBA playoffs since the 2008–09 season, and also marked their first winning season since the 2007–08 season. The Pistons would also end their record as the team in the eastern conference with the longest active postseason drought at seven seasons. The Pistons were the first team with a winning percentage above .500 at the Eastern Conference’s 8th seed since the 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers.

2015–16 Detroit Pistons season
Head coachStan Van Gundy
General managerJeff Bower
Owner(s)Tom Gores
ArenaThe Palace of Auburn Hills
Results
Record44–38 (.537)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Central)
Conference: 8th (Eastern)
Playoff finishFirst Round
(Lost to Cavaliers 0–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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In the playoffs, the Pistons were swept by the eventual NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in four games in the First Round.

The Pistons would not make another playoff appearance until 2019.

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College/Team
1 8 Stanley Johnson SF   United States Arizona
2 38 Darrun Hilliard SG   United States Villanova

RosterEdit

2015–16 Detroit Pistons roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 50 Anthony, Joel 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1982–08–09 UNLV
F/C 12 Baynes, Aron 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1986–12–09 Washington State
G 22 Blake, Steve 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 172 lb (78 kg) 1980–02–26 Maryland
G 17 Brown, Lorenzo 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1990–08–26 North Carolina State
F 25 Bullock, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991–03–16 North Carolina
G 5 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–02–18 Georgia
G 8 Dinwiddie, Spencer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1993–04–06 Colorado
C 0 Drummond, Andre 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 279 lb (127 kg) 1993–08–10 Connecticut
F 34 Harris, Tobias 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1992–07–15 Tennessee
G/F 6 Hilliard, Darrun 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–04–13 Villanova
G 1 Jackson, Reggie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 208 lb (94 kg) 1990–04–16 Boston College
F 3 Johnson, Stanley 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1996–05–29 Arizona
G 20 Meeks, Jodie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1987–08–21 Kentucky
F 13 Morris, Marcus 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
F 43 Tolliver, Anthony 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1985–06–01 Creighton
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2016–04–13

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Central Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
cCleveland Cavaliers 57 25 .695 0.0 33–8 24–17 8–8 82
xIndiana Pacers 45 37 .549 12.0 26–15 19–22 8–8 82
xDetroit Pistons 44 38 .537 13.0 26–15 18–23 10–6 82
Chicago Bulls 42 40 .512 15.0 26–15 16–25 10–6 82
Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 24.0 23–18 10–31 4–12 82


ConferenceEdit

Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cCleveland Cavaliers * 57 25 .695 82
2 yToronto Raptors * 56 26 .683 1.0 82
3 yMiami Heat * 48 34 .585 9.0 82
4 xAtlanta Hawks 48 34 .585 9.0 82
5 xBoston Celtics 48 34 .585 9.0 82
6 xCharlotte Hornets 48 34 .585 9.0 82
7 xIndiana Pacers 45 37 .549 12.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 44 38 .537 13.0 82
9 Chicago Bulls 42 40 .512 15.0 82
10 Washington Wizards 41 41 .500 16.0 82
11 Orlando Magic 35 47 .427 22.0 82
12 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 25.0 82
14 Brooklyn Nets 21 61 .256 36.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 10 72 .122 47.0 82

Pre-seasonEdit

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 3–5 (Home: 1–3 Road: 2–2)
2015–16 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

Game LogEdit

2015–16 game log
Total: 44–38 (Home: 26–15; Road: 18–23)
2015–16 season schedule

PlayoffsEdit

Game logEdit

2016 playoff game log
Total: 0–4 (Home: 0–2; Road: 0–2)
2016 playoff schedule

TransactionsEdit

OverviewEdit

Players Added

Via draft

Via trade

Via free agency

Players Lost

Via trade

Via free agency

TradesEdit

June 11, 2015 To Detroit Pistons
Ersan İlyasova
To Milwaukee Bucks
Caron Butler
Shawne Williams
July 2, 2015 To Detroit Pistons
Reggie Bullock
Danny Granger
Marcus Morris
To Phoenix Suns
2020 2nd Round Pick
July 13, 2015 To Detroit Pistons
Steve Blake
To Brooklyn Nets
Quincy Miller
February 16, 2016 To Detroit Pistons
Tobias Harris
To Orlando Magic
Ersan İlyasova
Brandon Jennings

Free agencyEdit

Re-signedEdit

Date Player Contract terms Former team Ref.
July 20 Joel Anthony Signed 2-year contract worth $5 million Detroit Pistons [1]
Reggie Jackson Signed 5-year contract worth $80 million Detroit Pistons [2]

AdditionsEdit

Date Player Contract terms Former team Ref.
July 12 Aron Baynes Signed 3-year contract worth $19.5 million San Antonio Spurs [3]
July 23 Adonis Thomas Signed 2-year contract worth $1.8 million Grand Rapids Drive [4]

SubtractionsEdit

Date Player Reason left New team Ref.
July 9 Greg Monroe Signed 3-year contract worth $50 million Milwaukee Bucks [5]
October 26 Danny Granger Waived n/a [6]

AwardsEdit

Player Award Date awarded Ref.
Andre Drummond Eastern Conference Player of the Week November 1, 2015 [7]
Andre Drummond Eastern Conference Player of the Week November 8, 2015 [8]
Reggie Jackson Eastern Conference Player of the Week December 6, 2015 [9]
Reggie Jackson Eastern Conference Player of the Week December 20, 2015 [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Detroit Pistons Re-Sign Center Joel Anthony". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Detroit Pistons Re-Sign Center Reggie Jackson". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 20, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign Center Aron Baynes". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Detroit Pistons Sign Guard/Forward Adonis Thomas". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 23, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bucks Sign Greg Monroe". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Pistons Waive Veteran Forward Granger". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Andre Drummond Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 2, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  8. ^ "Andre Drummond Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Reggie Jackson Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "Reggie Jackson Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 21, 2015.