Detroit Pistons Regular Season Rosters

1982-1983 Detroit Pistons Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
54 Kent Benson C 6-10 235 5 Indiana 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
  Tony Brown GF 6-6 185 0 Arkansas 1982 Rnd 4 Pick 13 United States
15 Vinnie Johnson G 6-2 200 3 Baylor 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
  Jim Johnstone C 6-11 245 0 Wake Forest 1982 Rnd 3 Pick 5 United States
  Edgar Jones FC 6-10 225 0 Nevada 1979 Rnd 2 Pick 9 United States
40 Bill Laimbeer C 6-11 245 2 Notre Dame 1979 Rnd 3 Pick 21 United States
53 Cliff Levingston F 6-8 210 0 Wichita State 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 9 United States
25 John Long GF 6-5 195 4 Detroit-Mercy 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
  Scott May SF 6-7 215 6 Indiana 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
  Tom Owens FC 6-10 215 6 South Carolina 1971 Rnd 4 Pick 7 United States
22 Ricky Pierce SG 6-4 205 0 Rice 1982 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
23 Walker Russell, Sr. GF 6-5 195 0 Western Michigan 1982 Rnd 4 Pick 9 United States
  Jim Smith PF 6-9 225 1 Ohio State 1981 Rnd 3 Pick 8 United States
11 Isiah Thomas PG 6-1 180 1 Indiana 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
24 Ray Tolbert F 6-9 225 1 Indiana 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
7 Kelly Tripucka SF 6-6 220 1 Notre Dame 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States
41 Terry Tyler GF 6-7 215 4 Detroit-Mercy 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 1 United States
  James Wilkes F 6-7 195 2 UCLA 1980 Rnd 3 Pick 4 United States
  Jim Zoet C 7-1 240 0 Lakehead 1976 NBA Draft, Undrafted Canada

1982-1983 Detroit Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters I. Thomas V. Johnson K. Tripucka T. Tyler B. Laimbeer
Rotation   R. Pierce J. Long T. Owens K. Benson
Rotation     J. Wilkes    
Rotation     C. Levingston    
Rotation     W. Russell, Sr.    
Lim PT     R. Tolbert   J. Johnstone

1982-1983 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Milwaukee Bucks51-31-
2Atlanta Hawks43-398
3Detroit Pistons37-4514
4Chicago Bulls28-5423
5Cleveland Cavaliers23-5928
6Indiana Pacers20-6231

1982-1983 Detroit Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Isiah Thomas All-NBA Second Team (1983)
Isiah Thomas Player Of The Week (12/19/82)
Kelly Tripucka Player Of The Week (11/14/82)
Isiah Thomas Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1983)
Bill Laimbeer Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1983)

1982-1983 Detroit Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Isiah Thomas 81 38.2 22.9 4.0 7.8 2.5 0.4 4.0
Kelly Tripucka 58 38.8 26.5 4.6 4.1 1.2 0.3 3.2
Vinnie Johnson 82 30.6 15.8 4.3 3.7 1.1 0.6 1.9
Bill Laimbeer 82 35.0 13.6 12.1 3.2 0.6 1.4 2.1
Terry Tyler 82 31.0 12.1 6.6 1.9 1.3 2.0 1.5
John Long 70 21.2 10.5 2.6 1.5 0.6 0.2 2.1
Edgar Jones 49 21.1 8.3 5.5 1.4 0.6 1.6 2.1
Cliff Levingston 62 14.2 5.6 3.7 0.8 0.4 0.6 1.2
Kent Benson 21 28.5 9.9 7.4 2.3 0.7 0.8 1.7
Tom Owens 49 14.8 4.2 3.8 0.9 0.2 0.3 1.0
Walker Russell, Sr. 68 11.1 2.7 1.1 1.9 0.2 0.0 1.4
Ray Tolbert 28 14.1 5.1 3.2 0.7 0.4 0.8 1.1
Ricky Pierce 39 6.8 2.2 0.9 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.5
Scott May 9 17.2 6.6 2.9 1.3 0.6 0.2 1.4
James Wilkes 9 14.3 3.8 2.1 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.6
Jim Johnstone 16 8.6 1.5 1.9 0.6 0.1 0.4 0.7
Jim Smith 4 4.5 2.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Jim Zoet 7 4.3 0.3 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.4 0.6

1982-1983 Detroit Pistons Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Cliff Levingston was selected as the #9 pick in the First Round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. Cliff Levingston signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 1, 1982.

John Long was selected as the #7 pick in the Second Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. John Long signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 1, 1978. John Long re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on September 1, 1981.

Ricky Pierce was selected as the #18 pick in the First Round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Ricky Pierce signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on October 8, 1982.

Walker Russell, Sr. was selected as the #9 pick in the 4 Round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Walker Russell, Sr. signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 1, 1982.

Isiah Thomas was selected as the #2 pick in the First Round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Isiah Thomas signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on August 1, 1981.

Kelly Tripucka was selected as the #12 pick in the First Round of the 1981 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Kelly Tripucka signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 30, 1981.

Terry Tyler was selected as the #1 pick in the Second Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Terry Tyler signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on August 5, 1978. Terry Tyler signed a multi-year extension with the Detroit Pistons on June 16, 1980.

Acquired via Trade

Kent Benson was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Milwaukee Bucks on February 4, 1980. Kent Benson signed a multi-year extension with the Detroit Pistons on November 25, 1981.

Vinnie Johnson was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Seattle SuperSonics on November 23, 1981.

Bill Laimbeer was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 17, 1982. Bill Laimbeer re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on August 1, 1982.

Tom Owens was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Indiana Pacers on September 2, 1982.

Ray Tolbert was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Seattle SuperSonics on February 12, 1983.

Acquired via Free Agency

Jim Johnstone signed a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on February 19, 1983.

James Wilkes signed a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on January 1, 1983.

1982-1983 Detroit Pistons Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
William Davidson Owner, Principal Owner 1974-1975 N/A
Scotty Robertson Head Coach 1980-1981 Head Coach (Chicago Bulls, 1978 to 1979)
Jack McCloskey General Manager 1979-1980 Head Coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1972 to 1974)
Mike Abdenour Head Athletic Trainer 1975-1976 N/A