The team was founded in 1940 by owner Fred Zollner of Zollner Corporation. The firm manufactures pistons primarily for car, truck, and locomotive engines. In 1948, the team became the Fort Wayne Pistons, competing in the Basketball Association of America. When the BAA and the NBL merged to form the NBA in 1949, the Pistons was one of its premier teams. In the first five NBA seasons, the Pistons qualified for the playoffs advancing to the division finals twice. In 1955 and 1956, the Pistons reached the NBA finals but disappointed their fans to win; when they lost the championship. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the Pistons was one of the top squads in the league, reaching the NBA Finals from 1988 to 1990 and winning championship titles in 1989 and 1990. Leading the team were Guard Isiah Thomas, along with fellow Bad boys NBA superstars Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, Rick Mahorn and Dennis Rodman.
The Pistons never stopped from amazing the crowd as they earned their third NBA title in 2004. Hall of Famers from the past, Pistons team includes Larry Brown, Joe Dumars, and Isiah Thomas. From their back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005, the basic elements still remain, and a new breed of heroes has been added. The Pistons did well in the 2006"“07 season, winning the Central Division, and the 2007"“08 season has been very promising. With Chauncey Billups and Amir Johnson re-signed, and draft picks Rodney Stuckey and Arron Affalo added to the roster, the Pistons will be a force to be reckoned with. Detroit Pistons Playoff tickets are now within your reach.