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The Best Detroit Pistons To Have Their Numbers Retired  

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List Rules Vote up the best Detroit Pistons players to have their legendary number retired for all time.

These Detroit Pistons players have all had their numbers retired. After making a big impact while playing for the team, players such as Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman had their jerseys retired. But not every player in the NBA gets their number retired, it is an honor bestowed upon the best players of a franchise. Which of these athletes are the greatest Detroit Pistons players? This list is only for Detroit Pistons players with retired jerseys. Coaches and managers have had their numbers retired as well but we're here to determine the best Detroit Pistons players that have had their number retired for all time.

Although these are undoubtedly great players, not all of them have been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame despite having their numbers honored. The Detroit Pistons players that have been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame are noted below. Vote up the Detroit Pistons players with retired numbers that you think made the biggest contribution to the team.

Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Pistons To Have Their Numbers Retired
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1 13 VOTES

Number: 11

Years with franchise: 1981–1994

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Isiah Lord Thomas III is a retired American basketball player who played professionally for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association. The 12-time NBA All-Star was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas has also been a professional and collegiate head coach, a basketball executive, and a broadcaster. Thomas played collegiately for the Indiana Hoosiers. He went on to play professionally as point guard for the Pistons from 1981 until 1994 and led the "Bad Boys" to NBA championships in the 1988–89 and 1989–90 seasons. After his playing career, he was an executive with the Toronto Raptors, a ...more on Wikipedia

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Ben Wallace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Pistons To Have Their Numbers Retired
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2 10 VOTES

Number: 3

Years with franchise: 2000–2006, 2009–2012​​​​​​​

Ben Camey Wallace is a retired American professional basketball player. A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the Washington Bullets as an undrafted free agent in 1996. In his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, a record he shares with Dikembe Mutombo. In nine seasons with the Pistons, Wallace made two NBA Finals appearances and won a championship with the Pistons in 2004. ...more on Wikipedia

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Chauncey Billups is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Pistons To Have Their Numbers Retired
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3 12 VOTES

Number: 1

Years with franchise: 2013–2014, 2002–2008

Chauncey Ray Billups is a retired American professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A star at the University of Colorado, he was chosen third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. A five-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection, Billups played for the Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Team USA. He won the NBA Finals MVP in 2004 after helping the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals, and was given the nickname "Mr. Big Shot" for making late-game shots with Detroit. In 2004, Billups was honored by the University ...more on Wikipedia

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Joe Dumars is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Pistons To Have Their Numbers Retired
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4 7 VOTES

Number: 4

Years with franchise: 1985–1999

Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joe Dumars III is a retired American basketball player in the NBA. At 6'3" Dumars could play either shooting guard or point guard on offense and was a highly effective defender. He played for the Detroit Pistons from 1985 until 1999. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dumars and Isiah Thomas combined to form one of the best backcourts in NBA history. Initially a shooting guard, Dumars moved to point guard following Thomas' retirement in 1994, sharing ball-handling duties with Grant Hill. Dumars was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Dumars served as the President of Basketball Operations for the Detroit Pistons from 2000 to 2014. ...more on Wikipedia

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