Detroit Pistons Regular Season Rosters

1987-1988 Detroit Pistons Regular Season Roster

Jersey Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
00 William Bedford C 7-0 225 1 Memphis 1986 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
45 Adrian Dantley SF 6-5 208 11 Notre Dame 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 6 United States
50 Darryl Dawkins C 6-11 251 12 Evans High School (Florida) 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
4 Joe Dumars SG 6-3 190 2 McNeese State 1985 Rnd 1 Pick 18 United States
53 James Edwards C 7-0 225 10 Washington 1977 Rnd 3 Pick 2 United States
15 Vinnie Johnson G 6-2 200 8 Baylor 1979 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
40 Bill Laimbeer C 6-11 245 7 Notre Dame 1979 Rnd 3 Pick 21 United States
35 Ralph Lewis G 6-6 200 0 La Salle 1985 Rnd 6 Pick 23 United States
44 Rick Mahorn C 6-10 240 7 Hampton 1980 Rnd 2 Pick 12 United States
54 Ron Moore C 7-0 260 0 West Virginia State 1987 Rnd 2 Pick 2 United States
42 Chuck Nevitt C 7-5 217 5 NC State 1982 Rnd 3 Pick 17 United States
10 Dennis Rodman PF 6-7 210 1 Southeastern Oklahoma State 1986 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
23 Walker Russell, Sr. GF 6-5 195 5 Western Michigan 1982 Rnd 4 Pick 9 United States
22 John Salley C 6-11 230 1 Georgia Tech 1986 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
11 Isiah Thomas PG 6-1 180 6 Indiana 1981 Rnd 1 Pick 2 United States
  Eric White F 6-8 200 0 Pepperdine 1987 Rnd 3 Pick 19 United States

1987-1988 Detroit Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters I. Thomas J. Dumars A. Dantley R. Mahorn B. Laimbeer
Rotation V. Johnson W. Russell, Sr. D. Rodman   J. Salley
Rotation     R. Lewis   J. Edwards
Lim PT         C. Nevitt
Lim PT         W. Bedford
Lim PT         D. Dawkins

1987-1988 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1Detroit Pistons54-28-
2Chicago Bulls50-324
3Atlanta Hawks50-324
4Milwaukee Bucks42-4012
5Cleveland Cavaliers42-4012
6Indiana Pacers38-4416

1987-1988 Detroit Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Isiah Thomas Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1988)

1987-1988 Detroit Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Isiah Thomas 81 36.1 19.5 3.4 8.4 1.7 0.2 3.4
Adrian Dantley 69 31.1 20.0 3.3 2.5 0.6 0.1 2.0
Joe Dumars 82 33.3 14.2 2.4 4.7 1.1 0.2 2.1
Bill Laimbeer 82 35.3 13.5 10.1 2.4 0.8 1.0 1.7
Vinnie Johnson 82 23.6 12.2 2.8 3.3 0.7 0.2 1.9
Dennis Rodman 82 26.2 11.6 8.7 1.3 0.9 0.5 1.9
Rick Mahorn 67 29.3 10.7 8.4 0.9 0.6 0.6 1.8
John Salley 82 24.4 8.5 4.9 1.4 0.6 1.7 1.5
James Edwards 26 12.6 5.4 3.0 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.8
William Bedford 38 7.8 2.7 1.7 0.1 0.2 0.4 0.5
Ralph Lewis 50 6.2 1.7 1.0 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.4
Chuck Nevitt 17 3.7 1.0 1.1 0.0 0.1 0.3 0.1
Ron Moore 9 2.8 1.1 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.3
Darryl Dawkins 2 3.5 2.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 1.5
Walker Russell, Sr. 1 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

1987-1988 Detroit Pistons Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

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.

Dennis Rodman was selected as the #3 pick in the Second Round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. Dennis Rodman signed a contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 22, 1986. Dennis Rodman re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on August 1, 1987.

John Salley was selected as the #11 pick in the First Round of the 1986 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. John Salley signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on September 1, 1986.

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.

Acquired via Trade

William Bedford was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Phoenix Suns on June 21, 1987.

Adrian Dantley was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Utah Jazz on August 21, 1986.

Darryl Dawkins was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Utah Jazz on November 26, 1987.

James Edwards was acquired in a trade by the Detroit Pistons from the Phoenix Suns on February 24, 1988.

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. Vinnie Johnson re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on October 26, 1987.

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. Rick Mahorn re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on October 17, 1987.

Acquired via Free Agency

Ralph Lewis signed a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on October 6, 1987.

Chuck Nevitt signed a multi-year contract with the Detroit Pistons on November 29, 1985. Chuck Nevitt re-signed to a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on June 15, 1987.

Walker Russell, Sr. signed a contract as a free agent with the Detroit Pistons on April 24, 1988.

1987-1988 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 Versace Assistant Coach 1986-1987 N/A
Ron Rothstein Assistant Coach 1986-1987 Assistant Coach (Atlanta Hawks, 1983 to 1986)
Jack McCloskey General Manager 1979-1980 Head Coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1972 to 1974)
Mike Abdenour Head Athletic Trainer 1975-1976 N/A
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