View Full Version : Pistons Have NBA's Biggest Attendance Decline Over Past 10 Years

12-18-2012, 07:22 PM
7. Detroit Pistons
> 10-yr. attendance decline: -22.3%
> 2001-2002 W-L record: 50-32 (1st in Central Division)
> 2011-2012 W-L record: 25-41 (4th in Central Division)
> League championships last decade: won NBA Finals in 2004

The Detroit Pistons were NBA Champions last in the 2003-2004 season, when they were led by all stars such as Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace, as well as legendary coach Larry Brown. Despite the title and back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals, Brown was not brought back as coach after the 2004-2005 season. With most of the players from those teams now gone, the Pistons’ record has dropped. After making the Eastern Conference Finals for five consecutive seasons ending in 2008, the Pistons have not had a winning record. Last season, the Pistons filled just 65.3% of seats, more than 10 percentage points lower than any other team in the NBA.
The Wizards and Bucks are next on the list with declines of 19.1 percent and 19.0 percent.
Entering Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Pistons ranked last in the 30-team NBA with an average attendance of 12,488.

12-18-2012, 07:42 PM
and the Bulls are first without Rose :)

12-18-2012, 07:56 PM
So does that mean Gram is the only one that attends?

12-18-2012, 08:06 PM
Detroit's population dropped

12-18-2012, 08:06 PM
The fact Atlanta is so low is just sad. 3rd in the east, 25th in attendance smh

12-18-2012, 08:08 PM
My ex-wife is from Detroit, been there 100 times.

Lets see.....

Economy in Detroit has gone down the ****ter over the past 10 years, thanks unions...check

Pistons have become a perennial lottery team, after being in 6 straight ECF's....check

Am I missing anything? People have been out of work, trying to sell their homes for under their mortgage loan value, as they lost their jobs, and the team has begun to suck. There is no way this shouldn't be obvious.

12-18-2012, 08:08 PM
I don't think we can jump to "Pistons fans are fair weather" from this. There are a lot of variables involved. The Detroit economy hasn't been particularly good for a while now. The team success drop off occurred right when the economy crashed. Perfect storm I guess. Detroit's economy decreased by 16% over the span of a few months from early 2009 to 4th quarter 2010. I don't think any city suffered as much (maybe Vegas).

They lead the league in average home attendance for 6 years during the 2000s.

In 2010 (27-55) they fell from first to 8th.
In 2011 (30-52) they fell from 8th to 18th.
In 2012 (25-41) they fell from 18th to 28th.

Pretty stark incremental decreases.

And yes, this year they are last. It's pretty sad...but that team isn't very interesting, and Michigan's economy blows.