Home ArenaCobo Arena
283,913 attendance
6,925 average
Head CoachB. Van Breda Kolff
General Manager Edwin Coil
Owner Fred Zollner
The Pistons select St. Bonaventure star Bob Lanier in the first round. Lanier a 6-11 Center was physical presence and was the perfect complement for the outside shooting of Dave Bing. The Pistons would be shipped back out West as the NBA starts divisional play with the Pistons placed in the Midwest Division. The inside-outside combination of Bing and Lanier helps the Pistons post their first winning season since moving to Detroit at 45-37. However, in the tough Midwest Division the Pistons would finish in last place missing the playoffs again.


1970-71 Playoffs

Eliminated from Playoffs

1970-71 Standings

45-37 (.549) 4th place


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Western Midwest W L Pct GB
1 Bucks   66 16 .805 -
3 Bulls 51 31 .622 15.0
Suns 48 34 .585 18.0
Pistons 45 37 .549 21.0

1970-71 Draft Picks

1 / 1 Bob Lanier
2 / 32 Ken Warzynski
3 / 37 Bob StPierre
3 / 47 Jim Hayes
5 / 71 Bill Jankans
6 / 88 Seviro Brown
7 / 105 Marv Copeland
8 / 122 Dan Issel
9 / 139 Alex Wynn
10 / 156 Bruce Chapman
11 / 172 Rick Anhauser
12 / 185 Don Ogletree
13 / 195 Ernest Hardy
14 / 205 Randy Smith
15 / 215 Dennis Clark
16 / 224 Harvey Mariatt




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