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Detroit Pistons
(37-45, 6th in Central, 25 games back)
DRAFT PICKS: (11, 40)

1998 Draft Order
Round Pick Name School Position
   1 11 Bonzi Wells Ball State 2G
   2 40 Korleone Young Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) SF/PF

Team Strengths
  • Grant Hill
  • Defensive Mentality
  • Athletic
  • Team Statistics
      PPG FG% REBs TOs
    Pistons 94.2 (20th).449 (18th)41.2 (16th)14.6 (8th)
    Opponents 92.6 (9th).445 (13)40.5 (11th)15.4 (12th))
    Weaknesses
  • Three-Point Shooting
  • Consistent Inside Scoring
  • Point Guard Play
  • Changes
  • Gentry Named Full-time Head Coach
  • Needs
  • Jumpshooter, Power Forward/Center
  • Frontcourt Defense
  • Veteran Point Guard
  • Notes:
  • Pistons lost 17 more games in '97-'98 than '96-'97
  • Pistons were 4th-worst in blocked shots this year (4.20) after a league-worst average of 3.45 last season
  • Doug Collins was fired on February 2nd (21-24) and Pistons were 16-23 under Gentry
  • Ranked 26th in 3-point shooting this season (.312), as Hill and Stackhouse were a combined .200 for the Pistons
  • 2-18 when allowing 100+ points
  • The Pistons lost 21 in which they led or were tied in the 4th quarter
  • Their record in games decided by three points or less (4-10) was second-worst in the league (Denver, 1-10)
  • Did not rank in the top-10 in any offensive categories this year except turnovers (8th) and personal fouls (9th)
  • Lindsey Hunter is signed through 2004 and Eric Montross is signed through 2005 (USA Today)
  • Hill led team in scoring, minutes, steals and turnovers
  • This year was the third straight season in which no Piston finished in the league's top-10 in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals or blocks
  • First Round Draft Picks in the 90's
    1990 Lance Blanks, G, Texas (26)
    1991 None
    1992 Don MacLean, F, UCLA (19)
    1993 Lindsey Hunter, G, Jackson State (10)
    1993 Allan Houston, G, Tennessee (11)
    1994 Grant Hill, F, Duke (3)
    1995 Theo Ratliff, F, Wyoming (18)
    1995 Randolph Childress, G, Wake Forest (19)
    1996 Jerome Williams, F, Georgetown (26)
    1997 Scot Pollard C/F, Kansas (19)
    Complete draft list over the years
    Players by Position
    Small Forwards Power Forwards Centers Point Guards Shooting Guards
    Grant Hill
    Jerome Williams
    Malik Sealy
    Charles O'Bannon
    Don Reid
    Scot Pollard
    Grant Long
    Brian Williams
    Eric Montross
    Rick Mahorn
    Lindsey Hunter
    Steve Henson
    Joe Dumars
    Jerry Stackhouse
    Free Agents
    1998 1999 2000
    Jerry Stackhouse
    Steve Henson
    Joe Dumars
    Malik Sealy
    Rick Mahorn
    Grant Long (P-FA) ETO
    Brian Williams (P-2000)
    Jerome Williams
    Charles O'Bannon
    Don Reid
    Scot Pollard
    Grant Hill (P-2000)
     

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