Thomas, Dumars, Laimbeer
The 1980s belonged to three NBA teams: the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and the Detroit Pistons. Between 1987 and 1990, no NBA team was more dominant or feared than the Pistons; and tough guys Bill Laimbeer and Joe Dumars led the way as the team’s enforcers. Between ’83 and ’92, the Pistons never missed the postseason; and made three NBA Finals in 1988, 1989 and 1990. The latter two saw the Pistons win the NBA Finals, knocking off the Lakers and Trail Blazers, respectively. Detroit’s run on top of the Easter Conference came in between Boston’s dominance and the rise of the Chicago Bulls. In fact, the Bulls and Jordan didn’t have success until they got over the Pistons and their bruising play.