The Detroit Pistons have long been a franchise of great guard play. It started with Dave Bing in the 1960s and 1970s to Isiah Thomas, Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson, and Joe Dumars in the 1980s and 1990s, to Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups leading the way in the 2000s. The Detroit Pistons’ all-time assist leaders include three Hall of Fame guards and the All-Star point guard who led them to their latest championship run.
5. Grant Hill: 2,720 assists
Ranking fifth on the list of Detroit Pistons’ all-time assist leaders is five-time All-NBA small forward Grant Hill. Starting in Detroit in 1994, Hill was on his way to a Hall of Fame career until a persistent stress fracture cut short his prime. In six seasons with Detroit, Hill proved himself to be an elite player in every aspect of the game. He averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per contest in 435 games with the Pistons.
4. Chauncey Billups: 2,942 assists
Detroit’s most recent championship point guard Chauncey Billups ranks fourth among the Pistons’ all-time assist leaders. Billups went from journeyman to All-Star, All-Defensive, and All-NBA point guard when he landed in Detroit in 2002-03. He led the Pistons to the 2004 NBA Championship as he took home Finals MVP honors. Billups averaged a combined 6.4 assists in 463 games with Detroit including a career-high 8.6 assists per contest in 2005-06.
3. Dave Bing: 4,330 assists
Hall of Fame combo guard Dave Bing is third on the Detroit Pistons’ all-time assist leaders list. Bing averaged at least six assists per game in seven of nine seasons in the Pistons’ back court. The seven-time All-Star and current Detroit mayor dished out a combined 5,397 assists, the 39th highest total in NBA history. He averaged 20.3 points for a total of 18,327 in 901 NBA games with 15,235 points and 675 games coming with Detroit.
2. Joe Dumars: 4,612 assists
Recently inducted Hall of Fame guard Joe Dumars ranks second on the Detroit Pistons’ all-time assist leaders list. Dumars was a tenacious defensive two-guard who was named to six All-Star teams in his 14-year Pistons career. He posted averages of 16.1 points and 4.5 assists per game as he played a franchise record 1,018 games. Dumars had his top assist season in his breakout 1988-89 campaign when he averaged 5.7 assists and won the Finals MVP Award in the Pistons’ first ever championship.
1. Isiah Thomas: 9,061 assists
Legendary point guard Isiah Thomas is the Detroit Pistons’ all-time assist leader. Thomas played his entire 13-year career in Detroit, totaling the sixth highest assist total in NBA history and becoming the Pistons’ all-time leading scorer with 18,822 points. The 13-time All-Star dished out more than ten assists per contest four times including a league-leading 13.9 per game in 1984-85. In his Hall of Fame career, Thomas was a part of two Pistons’ championship teams, winning Finals MVP in 1990.
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