The Detroit Pistons started out in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1941. Before moving to Detroit, the team won two NBL championships in 1944 and 1945. They later joined the BAA in 1948. The two leagues merged in 1949 to become the NBA that we know today. The Pistons became a part of that merged league. The Pistons moved to Detroit in 1957 and have since won three NBA championships.
Over the decades, the team has gone through seasons of ups and downs. In the 1950s, suggestions were made that the Pistons players conspired with gamblers to shave points and throw games. Specifically, accusations have been tossed around that the team purposefully lost the 1955 NBA Finals to the Syracuse Nationals. After these accusations, the team struggled for the next two decades. Fort Wayne was too small a town to support the team, which is why the team was eventually relocated to Detroit where a proper fan base could keep the franchise running. Detroit had lost their previous professional basketball teams -- the Detroit Eagles, Gems, and Falcons -- due to WWII a decade earlier. Zollner, the owner, kept the team's name as the Pistons since Detroit was the seat of the automotive industry at the time. The Pistons formerly played in Olympia Stadium for their first four seasons and then moved to Cobo Arena. They have since rejoined the Red Wings at the Little Caesars Arena.
CHAMPIONSHIPS 1989, 1990, 2004 CONFERENCE TITLES Western -- 1955, 1956 Eastern-- 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005 DIVISION TITLES 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Cover image of Detroit Pistons player, David Bing, in Public Domain, curated via Wikimedia Commons.