Detroit Pistons Regular Season Rosters

1977-1978 Detroit Pistons Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Marvin Barnes FC 6-8 210 1 Providence 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
Jim Bostic F 6-7 225 1 New Mexico State 1975 Rnd 8 Pick 13 United States
Wayman Britt PG 6-2 - 1 Michigan 1976 Rnd 4 Pick 9 United States
M.L. Carr GF 6-6 205 3 Guilford 1973 Rnd 5 Pick 7 United States
Leon Douglas C 6-10 230 1 Alabama 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
Al Eberhard F 6-6 225 3 Missouri 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 15 United States
Chris Ford SG 6-5 190 5 Villanova 1972 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
Gus Gerard GF 6-8 200 1 Virginia 1975 Rnd 3 Pick 14 United States
Robert Hawkins G 6-4 190 2 Illinois State 1975 Rnd 3 Pick 15 United States
Bob Lanier C 6-11 250 7 St. Bonaventure 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
Eric Money G 6-0 170 3 Arizona 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 15 United States
Willie Norwood PF 6-7 220 6 Alcorn State 1969 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
Ben Poquette FC 6-9 235 0 Central Michigan 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 14 United States
Howard Porter PF 6-8 220 6 Villanova 1971 Rnd 2 Pick 15 United States
Kevin Porter PG 6-0 170 5 St. Francis (PA) 1972 Rnd 3 Pick 9 United States
Jim Price G 6-3 195 5 Louisville 1972 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
John Shumate FC 6-9 235 3 Notre Dame 1974 Rnd 1 Pick 4 United States
Ralph Simpson GF 6-5 200 1 Michigan State 1972 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Al Skinner SG 6-3 190 1 Massachusetts 1974 Rnd 9 Pick 16 United States

1977-1978 Detroit Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters E. Money C. Ford M. Carr L. Douglas B. Lanier
Rotation     A. Eberhard B. Poquette  
Rotation     J. Bostic    
Lim PT   A. Skinner G. Gerard J. Shumate  
Lim PT   J. Price      

1977-1978 Midwest Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Denver Nuggets48-34-
2Milwaukee Bucks44-384
3Chicago Bulls40-428
4Detroit Pistons38-4410
5Kansas City Kings31-5117
6Indiana Pacers31-5117

1977-1978 Detroit Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Bob Lanier Western All-Star Coaches Selection (1978)
Bob Lanier J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (1978)

1977-1978 Detroit Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Bob Lanier 63 36.7 24.5 11.3 3.4 1.3 1.5 3.6
Eric Money 76 33.6 18.6 2.8 4.7 1.6 0.2 4.2
M.L. Carr 79 32.4 12.4 7.1 2.3 1.9 0.3 2.7
John Shumate 62 35.0 15.5 8.9 2.0 1.2 0.7 3.0
Leon Douglas 79 25.2 10.9 7.4 1.4 0.7 0.6 2.5
Chris Ford 82 31.5 10.5 3.3 4.6 2.0 0.2 2.8
Al Skinner 69 18.5 7.0 2.5 1.6 0.8 0.2 1.9
Jim Price 34 24.7 11.5 3.0 3.0 1.3 0.1 2.2
Gus Gerard 47 17.1 7.9 3.1 0.9 0.7 0.5 1.1
Ralph Simpson 32 23.1 10.6 2.6 2.7 1.0 0.1 2.4
Ben Poquette 52 12.0 4.5 2.8 0.4 0.2 0.4 0.8
Al Eberhard 37 15.6 4.9 2.8 0.7 0.4 0.1 0.6
Marvin Barnes 12 22.4 10.0 7.6 1.6 0.6 0.9 2.4
Willie Norwood 16 16.2 5.5 3.4 0.9 0.8 0.2 1.1
Kevin Porter 8 15.9 4.6 1.9 4.5 0.6 0.0 1.5
Howard Porter 8 13.4 4.5 2.1 0.2 0.4 0.6 0.6
Jim Bostic 4 12.0 6.5 4.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.8
Wayman Britt 7 2.3 1.3 0.6 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.1

1977-1978 Detroit Pistons Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Leon Douglas was selected as the #4 pick in the First Round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Leon Douglas signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 8, 1976.

Al Eberhard was selected as the #15 pick in the First Round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Al Eberhard signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 6, 1974.

Chris Ford was selected as the #4 pick in the Second Round of the 1972 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Chris Ford signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on May 8, 1972. Chris Ford re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on October 21, 1976.

Bob Lanier was selected as the #1 pick in the First Round of the 1970 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Bob Lanier signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on July 1, 1970. Bob Lanier re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on September 19, 1977.

Eric Money was selected as the #15 pick in the Second Round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Eric Money signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on July 8, 1974. Eric Money re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on October 20, 1976.

Ben Poquette was selected as the #14 pick in the Second Round of the 1977 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Ben Poquette signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 7, 1977.

Acquired via Trade

Gus Gerard was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Buffalo Braves on November 25, 1977.

Jim Price was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Denver Nuggets on February 2, 1978.

John Shumate was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Buffalo Braves on November 23, 1977.

Al Skinner was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the New Jersey Nets on November 7, 1977.

Acquired via Free Agency

Jim Bostic signed a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on April 5, 1978.

M.L. Carr signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on June 12, 1976.

1977-1978 Detroit Pistons Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
William Davidson Owner, Principal Owner 1974-1975 N/A
Herb Brown Head Coach, Head Coach 1976-1977 Head Coach (Detroit Pistons, 1975 to 1978)
Bob Kauffman Head Coach, General Manager 1977-1978 N/A
Mike Abdenour Head Athletic Trainer 1975-1976 N/A
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