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Founded:                    1941  
Arena:                      Palace at Auburn Hills
Division Championships:     10(1955, 1956,1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
Western Division            2(1955, 1956)
Central Division            8(1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007)
NBA Finals:                 7(1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005)
NBL Titles                  2(1944, 1945)
NBA Titles:                 3(89,90,04)
Playoffs:                   41

Best Season:                2005-06 64-18  .780
Worst Season:               1979-80 16-66  .195

History of early professional basketball in Indiana

Before the Indiana Pacers joined the ABA and eventually the NBA, the state of Indiana was the hot bed of professional basketball. From 1935 until 1953 the state hosted no less than 11 different teams in the major professional basketball leagues. Unfortunately, almost all of them would end and leave the state with no professional basketball teams for nearly two decades.

Indiana is synonymy with the game of basketball. The University of Indiana is one of the most storied programs in all of college basketball winning 5 NCAA titles, but it was Purdue who would bring the state its first NCAA basketball title in 1932.

Through out the early years of basketball a lot of fly by night leagues and teams called Indiana home, in fact Indiana even had its own semi-pro league of teams completely made up of teams in the Indianapolis region. It was not until 1935 when the Midwest Basketball Conference formed did the state of Indiana start seeing regular professional basketball at the highest levels and quality

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Game advertisement from a Royals vs Pistons game in most likely 1945. The game is one of the first examples of the NBL trying to branch out into new markets. The game was played in Toronto, ON. The Midwest Basketball Conference, a precursor to the NBL, did have a team in Windsor, Ontario, which is just across the river from Detroit.

Fort Wayne @ Milwaukee 1956

Dave Bing goes for a layup vs Seattle.

Bob Lanier goes for a hook shot vs Wes Unseld.

Isiah Thomas dumps cold water on Bill Lambeer during the bad boys Pistons days.

Andre Drummond is the Pistons newest star.


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