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DETROIT PISTONS ROSTER (* PER = Player Efficiency Rating)
POS PLAYER HT YEAR AGE PTS REB AST PER*
G ISIAH THOMAS 6-1 1985 23 21.2 4.5 13.9 22.2
Comment: OK, so nobody's going to confuse him with Red Auerbach as an exec, but he was the consummate point guard
G DAVE BING 6-3 1971 27 27.0 4.4 5.0 22.5
Comment: A forgotten star from the NBA's past, Bing was 1st-team all-NBA in '71 and averaged 22+ six straight seasons
G JOE DUMARS 6-3 1993 29 23.5 1.9 4.0 17.6
Comment: The real MVP of Pistons' back-to-back title teams? Great defender and 2nd-team all-NBA in '93
G CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 6-3 2006 29 18.5 31. 8.6 23.4
Comment: Became All-Star after playing with four previous teams; great in the clutch, tough on D and shot 43 percent from 3-point range
G/F RICHARD HAMILTON 6-7 2006 28 20.1 3.2 3.4 18.2
Comment: Keeps getting better: shot career-high 49 percent in '06 and made first All-Star appearance
F GRANT HILL 6-8 1997 24 21.4 9.0 7.3 25.5
Comment: Before the injuries, we forget he was one of the best all-around players in the NBA, making 1st-team all-NBA in '97
F DAVE DEBUSSCHERE 6-6 1968 27 17.9 13.5 2.3 15.0
Comment: Nickname was the "Big D" -- for his great defense; named 1st-team all-D six straight years
F/C BEN WALLACE 6-9 2004 29 9.5 12.4 1.7 17.4
Comment: So good on D and on the boards, he's twice made 2nd-team all-NBA despite low scoring average
C BOB LANIER 6-11 1975 26 24.0 12.0 4.6 24.4
Comment: Hobbled by knee injuries later in his career, the young Lanier was a force with consistently outstanding PER scores
C BILL LAIMBEER 6-11 1987 29 15.4 11.6 1.8 17.4
Comment: One of the most hated players ever -- except in Detroit, of course; four-time All-Star and one of the NBA's top rebounders in the '80s

SCOUTING REPORT: Against the Bulls, the Pistons face a team that is strong on the boards. Will Chuck Daly go small and try to outrun the Bulls, or go big to counteract Grant/Rodman/Gilmore on the inside? Look for Dumars and Billups to harass Jordan and force the ball into the hands of the forwards. Detroit has a big edge in 3-point shooters, but Chicago has bigger guards, especially if Pippen plays some point.