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Dave Bing joined the team in 1966, scoring 1,601 points in his rookie year.
Isiah Thomas against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 19, 1985.
Chuck Daly, coach of the 1989 and 1990 NBA champions.
A ticket for Game 1 of the 1988 NBA Finals at The Forum.
Doug Collins, one of five head coaches for the Pistons in an eight-year span.
Larry Brown coached the Pistons to the 2004 NBA title and the Eastern Conference championship the following season.
The Pistons are honored at the White House for the team's victory in the 2004 NBA Finals.
A game ticket from March 2006 between the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards.
Andre Drummond was selected by the Pistons with the ninth overall pick in 2012 NBA draft.
Little Caesars Arena in 2018
The Detroit Pistons playing in The Palace of Auburn Hills, seen here in January 2006.

American professional basketball team based in Detroit.

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National Basketball Association

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Professional basketball league in North America.

Professional basketball league in North America.

Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.
Michael Jordan goes to the basket for a slam dunk in 1987.
Kobe Bryant defending LeBron James in a February 2016 game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers
Bill Russell defending against Wilt Chamberlain in 1966.

In 1950, the NBA consolidated to eleven franchises, a process that continued until 1953–54, when the league reached its smallest size of eight franchises: the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Warriors, Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals, Fort Wayne Pistons, Tri-Cities Blackhawks, and Syracuse Nationals, all of which remain in the league today, although the latter six all did eventually relocate.

Los Angeles Lakers

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American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

Minneapolis team co-owner Benjamin Berger
Hall of Famer George Mikan (#99) led the Lakers franchise to their first five NBA championships. He is described by the NBA's official website as the "first superstar" in league history.
Elgin Baylor (left) and Jerry West (right) led the team to a total of ten NBA Finals appearances in the 1960s and 1970s. Nicknamed "Mr. Clutch", West's silhouette is featured on the NBA's official logo.
Wilt Chamberlain played for Los Angeles for five seasons during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was an integral part of their 1971–72 team that is considered one of the best in NBA history.
The Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1975.
Magic Johnson along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the "Showtime" Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s.
Los Angeles drafted James Worthy first overall in 1982. "Big Game James" recorded his only career triple double in the Lakers game seven victory over the Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.
Championship banners, Lakers retired jerseys, and honored Minneapolis Lakers banner hanging in the rafters of Crypto.com Arena in 2010
The Lakers at the White House following their 2001 NBA championship
The Lakers with President Barack Obama following their 2010 NBA championship
Frank Vogel, who coached the Lakers for three seasons
LeBron James in 2018
Jerry Buss owned the team from 1979 until his death in 2013.
The Lakers current wordmark, used since the 1999–2000 season. The version shown is used on their Sunday home alternate jerseys.
Former head coach Phil Jackson led the team to five championships.
Lakers retired jerseys hanging inside the Crypto.com Arena in 2013

One of those games, a 19–18 loss against the Fort Wayne Pistons, became infamous as the lowest scoring game in NBA history.

Boston Celtics

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American professional basketball team based in Boston.

American professional basketball team based in Boston.

Bob Cousy played 13 years for the team, 6 of them ending in NBA titles
12 time All-Star Larry Bird played in the Celtics from 1979 to 1992. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
Drafted by the Celtics in 1998, Paul Pierce went on to star for the Celtics and later won the NBA Finals MVP Award when the team won the NBA championship in 2008
Head coach Doc Rivers led the Celtics to an NBA title in 2008.
Brad Stevens, former head coach of the Celtics.
Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76ers being defended by Celtics' center Bill Russell in 1966
Former Celtics captain Paul Pierce being defended by LeBron James
Red Auerbach coached the Boston Celtics to 9 NBA titles, with eight straight between 1959 and 1966.
The Celtics' wordmark, used since the 1969–70 season

He almost immediately traded McAdoo, a former NBA scoring champion, to the Detroit Pistons for guard M. L. Carr, a defensive specialist, and two first-round picks in the 1980 NBA draft.

New York Knicks

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American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Lapchick was responsible for leading the Knicks during their early success. However, these ventures never culminated with a win in the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000, leading them to the Finals in 1994 and 1999
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
Isiah Thomas as coach of the Knicks in 2007. He stayed six years on the bench
Larry Brown succeeded Thomas, coaching the Knicks from 2005 to 2006
The Knicks in action at Madison Square Garden in the 2008–09 season.
Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Knicks from 2008 to 2012
Jeremy Lin was a surprise player that came off the bench during the 2011–12 season.
Mike Woodson, head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014
The Knicks observed their worst-ever regular season record under the stewardship of Phil Jackson, who acted as the president of the franchise from 2013 to 2017.

The following season, the team acquired Dave DeBusschere from the Detroit Pistons, and the team went 54–28.

Denver Nuggets

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American professional basketball team based in Denver.

American professional basketball team based in Denver.

Dikembe Mutombo was drafted by the Nuggets in 1991.
Denver drafted Carmelo Anthony 3rd overall in the 2003 draft.
Allen Iverson helped Denver to their first 50-win season since 1988.
Chauncey Billups, acquired in 2008, helped the George Karl/ Carmelo Anthony duo to their first playoff series win.
George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2013, his final season in Denver
Nikola Jokić was named NBA Most Valuable Player in 2021 (first player in franchise history).
Byron Beck, a University of Denver alumni, is shown wearing the "Denver Rockets" uniform
Hall of Famer David Thompson (1975–1982)

(On December 13, 1983, the Nuggets and the visiting Detroit Pistons combined for an NBA record 370 points, with Detroit winning in triple overtime, 186–184.) At the end of the season, English won the NBA scoring title, becoming the only Nugget to win the award despite the heavily favored offensive play of Doug Moe.

Orlando Magic

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American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida.

American professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida.

Shaquille O'Neal in 1994
Dwight Howard was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2004 NBA draft.
Jameer Nelson spent 10 seasons with Orlando from 2004 to 2014.
Head coach Stan Van Gundy
JJ Redick in 2008
Scott Skiles coached the Magic in the 2015–16 season.
Aaron Gordon was selected by the Magic in the 2014 NBA draft.
Nikola Vucevic playing with the Magic
Markelle Fultz playing for the Magic.
Amway Center, the Magic's arena since 2010
Originally called the Orlando Arena, and later TD Waterhouse Centre, the Amway Arena was the home of the Magic from 1989 to 2010.
Wordmark logo (2008–present)
Stuff with the Orlando Magic Dancers

In the playoffs, after the Magic defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks, Orlando met the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Jordan in 2014

Michael Jordan

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American businessman and former professional basketball player.

American businessman and former professional basketball player.

Jordan in 2014
Jordan in 1992
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bulls lost in five games to the more experienced Detroit Pistons, who were led by Isiah Thomas and a group of physical players known as the "Bad Boys".

O'Neal in 2017

Shaquille O'Neal

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American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

American former professional basketball player who is a sports analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.

O'Neal in 2017
O'Neal playing for the Cole High School varsity basketball team in 1988–89
DIESEL DJing at the 2018 All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game
In 8 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers (1996–2004), O'Neal won three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002 and appeared in the 2004 NBA Finals.
O'Neal during Game 5 of the 2000 NBA Finals
O'Neal with Miami in 2007
O'Neal holding the championship ball when the NBA Champion Heat visited the White House
O'Neal with Phoenix teammate Steve Nash
O'Neal finished his career with the Boston Celtics.
O'Neal with the US national team at the 1994 FIBA World Championship
O'Neal's free throw shooting was regarded as one of his major weaknesses.
O'Neal in 1998
O'Neal (left) facing Big Show during the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32
O'Neal at the 2009 NBA All-Star game
O'Neal in 2011
O'Neal and the rest of the Lakers with President George W. Bush in the White House at a ceremony in early 2002 commemorating the team's 2001 NBA Championship

Orlando easily defeated the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks in the first two rounds of the 1996 NBA Playoffs; however, they were no match for Jordan's Bulls, who swept them in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Milwaukee Bucks

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American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

American professional basketball team based in Milwaukee.

Toni Kukoč playing for the Bucks.
Michael Redd playing for the Bucks.
Brandon Jennings
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2006–2015.
Milwaukee Bucks wordmark, 2015–present.

Their first victory came in their sixth game as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 134–118; they won only 26 more games in their first year.

Los Angeles Clippers

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American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.

Bob McAdoo (11) was the NBA MVP in the 1974–75 season after averaging 34.5 points and 14.1 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles Clippers secondary logo
Ken Norman, the Clippers' scoring leader in 1988–89, was a key part of the team's nucleus during the late 1980s and early 1990s
Doc Rivers became head coach during the 2013 off-season.
The Clippers hosting the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA playoffs first-round series
The Clippers' updated wordmark logo, unveiled on June 18, 2015.

Meanwhile, Vaught's career as a Clipper was effectively finished, as he left as a free agent after that season, and signed with the Detroit Pistons; at the time of his departure, he was the franchise's all-time rebounds leader with 4,471 (a number that was later surpassed by Elton Brand, with 4,710).