Detroit Pistons Regular Season Rosters

1985-1986 Detroit Pistons Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
54 Kent Benson C 6-10 235 8 Indiana 1977 Rnd 1 Pick 1 United States
00 Tony Campbell GF 6-7 215 1 Ohio State 1984 Rnd 1 Pick 20 United States
42 Ron Crevier C 7-0 235 1 Boston College 1983 Rnd 4 Pick 5 Canada
23 Earl Cureton PF 6-9 210 5 Detroit-Mercy 1979 Rnd 3 Pick 14 United States
4 Joe Dumars SG 6-3 190 0 McNeese State 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
35 Mike Gibson PF 6-10 205 1 USC Upstate 1982 Rnd 2 Pick 21 United States
  Jerome Henderson FC 6-11 230 1 New Mexico 1981 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
15 Vinnie Johnson G 6-2 200 6 Baylor 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
40 Bill Laimbeer C 6-11 245 5 Notre Dame 1979 Rnd 3 Pick 21 United States
25 John Long GF 6-5 195 7 Detroit-Mercy 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 7 United States
44 Rick Mahorn C 6-10 240 5 Hampton 1980 Rnd 2 Pick 12 United States
42 Chuck Nevitt C 7-5 217 3 NC State 1982 Rnd 3 Pick 17 United States
23 Walker Russell, Sr. GF 6-5 195 3 Western Michigan 1982 Rnd 4 Pick 9 United States
11 Isiah Thomas PG 6-1 180 4 Indiana 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
7 Kelly Tripucka SF 6-6 220 4 Notre Dame 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 12 United States

1985-1986 Detroit Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters I. Thomas J. Dumars K. Tripucka E. Cureton B. Laimbeer
Rotation V. Johnson J. Long T. Campbell K. Benson R. Mahorn
Lim PT       M. Gibson C. Nevitt

1985-1986 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Milwaukee Bucks57-25-
2Atlanta Hawks50-327
3Detroit Pistons46-3611
4Chicago Bulls30-5227
5Cleveland Cavaliers29-5328
6Indiana Pacers26-5631

1985-1986 Detroit Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Isiah Thomas All-NBA First Team (1986)
Joe Dumars All-Rookie First Team (1986)
Isiah Thomas Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1986)
Isiah Thomas All-Star MVP (1986)

1985-1986 Detroit Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Kelly Tripucka 81 32.4 20.0 4.3 3.3 1.1 0.1 2.2
Isiah Thomas 77 36.2 20.9 3.6 10.8 2.2 0.3 3.8
Bill Laimbeer 82 35.3 16.6 13.1 1.8 0.7 0.8 1.6
Vinnie Johnson 79 25.0 13.9 2.9 3.4 1.0 0.3 1.1
Joe Dumars 82 23.9 9.4 1.5 4.8 0.8 0.1 1.9
Earl Cureton 80 25.2 8.6 6.3 1.7 0.7 0.7 1.9
Tony Campbell 82 15.8 7.9 2.9 0.5 0.8 0.1 1.0
John Long 62 19.0 10.0 1.6 1.3 0.7 0.2 0.9
Kent Benson 72 18.7 6.5 5.2 1.1 0.8 0.7 0.8
Rick Mahorn 80 18.0 4.9 5.2 0.8 0.5 0.8 1.4
Mike Gibson 32 5.0 1.5 1.2 0.2 0.3 0.1 0.2
Chuck Nevitt 25 4.0 1.6 1.0 0.2 0.1 0.7 0.3
Walker Russell, Sr. 1 2.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Ron Crevier 2 1.5 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

1985-1986 Detroit Pistons Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Tony Campbell was selected as the #20 pick in the First Round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Tony Campbell signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on August 14, 1984.

Joe Dumars was selected as the #18 pick in the First Round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Joe Dumars signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on August 21, 1985.

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. John Long re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on November 27, 1984. John Long re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on September 23, 1985.

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. Isiah Thomas signed a multi-year extension with the Detroit Pistons on August 1, 1984.

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. Kelly Tripucka re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on September 5, 1984.

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.

Mike Gibson was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Washington Wizards on June 17, 1985.

Vinnie Johnson was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Seattle SuperSonics on November 23, 1981. Vinnie Johnson re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on September 4, 1984.

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. Bill Laimbeer signed a multi-year extension with the Detroit Pistons on June 13, 1984.

Rick Mahorn was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Washington Wizards on June 17, 1985.

Acquired via Free Agency

Earl Cureton signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on November 12, 1983.

Chuck Nevitt signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on November 29, 1985.

1985-1986 Detroit Pistons Front Office

Staff Member Position Start Season Previous Job
William Davidson Owner, Principal Owner 1974-1975 N/A
Chuck Daly Head Coach 1983-1984 Head Coach (Cleveland Cavaliers, 1981 to 1982)
Dick Harter Assistant Coach 1983-1984 N/A
Jack McCloskey General Manager 1979-1980 Head Coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1972 to 1974)
Mike Abdenour Head Athletic Trainer 1975-1976 N/A