A defensive minded, blue collar, group of veterans, led by a Finals MVP point guard, topple the fan favorites in Purple & Gold. Sound familiar? It should for Pistons fans, since Bad Boys 2.0 took the league by storm in 2004. Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace were already a solid nucleus, but Detroit didn’t truly become a title contender until Rasheed Wallace’s arrival at the trade deadline. The offensive became more versatile and defense was even more vicious.
Yet even after storming through the Eastern Conference playoffs, Detroit was still a heavy underdog in their Finals matchup with the Lakers. Five short games later, the world realized that a team is needed to win a championship, not a superstar.