Detroit Pistons Career Point Scoring Leaders
The Detroit Pistons began play in the NBA as the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1948 and moved to Detroit in 1957. The franchise has three championships, most of them recent, and the most recent of those being in 2004. The Pistons have been competitive for a very long time as a whole, and here is a short list of their all-time leading scorers to date:
Isiah Thomas (18,822)—Guard Isiah Thomas played his entire career in Detroit, from 1981 to 1994, and helped the team win two championships under coach Chuck Daly. Thomas leads the Pistons’ franchise with 18,822 total points, and he had eleven seasons with over 1200 points, and he was very consistent with his scoring. Thomas’ best season was 1982-83, when he scored a career best 1854 points (23 points per game). In 1984-85, Thomas had 1123 assists, which led the NBA and is also still the fifth highest total in league history for a single season.
Joe Dumars (16,401)—Guard Joe Dumars also played for the Pistons his entire career, from 1985 to 1999, and ranks second in franchise history with 16,401 total points. Dumars was a consistent scorer like Thomas, and had over 1100 points nine times. His best season was 1992-93, when Dumars racked up a career high 1809 points (23 per game).
Bob Lanier (15,488)—Center Bob Lanier played in Detroit most of his career, from 1970 to 1980, and ranks third in the team’s history with 15,488 total points. He notched over 1500 total points six times, including 2056 points, a career high, in 1971-72 (26 points per game).
Dave Bing (15,235)—Guard Dave Bing played for the Pistons from 1966 to 1975, and he ranks fourth in franchise history with 15,235 total points. Bing topped 2000 points twice, including a career high of 2213 in 1970-71 (27 per game), and he led the NBA in points in 1967-68 with 2142 that season.
Bill Laimbeer (12,665)—Center Bill Laimbeer began his career with Cleveland and then played most of it in Detroit, from 1981 to 1994, helping those great Pistons teams in late ‘80’s win two titles. Laimbeer ranks fifth in Pistons’ history with 12,665 total points and he scored over 1000 points seven times. Laimbeer’s best season was 1984-85, when he scored a career high of 1438 points (18 per game). He also led the NBA in rebounds twice, with 1003 in 1983-84, and 1075 in 1985-86.
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