Home ArenaCobo Arena
143,081 attendance
3,577 average
Head CoachD. McGuire
General Manager Francis Smith
Owner Fred Zollner
The Pistons get a new arena of their own as they move into the Cobo Arena. However, on the court it was much of the same as the Pistons finished with a losing record of 37-43, but made the playoffs by finishing in 3rd place. In the playoffs the Pistons would shock the Cincinnati Royals in 4 games to reach the Western Division Finals. However, with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line the Pistons would struggle dropping the first 3 games to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Pistons would rally to win 2 straight games. However, with a chance to force a 7th game the Pistons would be beaten by the Lakers 123-117.


1961-62 Playoffs

Lost Division Finals

1961-62 Standings

37-43 (.463) 3th place


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Western W L Pct GB
1 Lakers 54 26 .675 -
2 Royals 43 37 .538 11.0
3 Pistons 37 43 .463 17.0
Hawks 29 51 .363 25.0
Packers 18 62 .225 36.0

1961-62 Draft Picks

1 / 4 Ray Scott
2 / 12 Johnny Egan
3 / 26 Doug Kistler
4 / 35 George Finley
5 / 44 Dan Doyle
6 / 53 Lee Patrone
7 / 62 Burt Price
8 / 71 Walter Ward
9 / 79 Peter Baltic
10 / 86 Wayne Monson
11 / 94 Richard Kraft




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