Best: Detroit Pistons — Isiah Thomas
We’ll stick with conventional wisdom in Isiah Thomas, though this race is probably closer than you think. Thomas leads the Pistons all time in points, assists, and steals, and he’s a Hall of Famer who made 12 All Star Games.
The Baby Faced Assassin was the point guard of the Bad Boy Pistons and helped them win two championships, and he was named Finals MVP for one of them.
He got a lot of help from teammates like Bill Laimbeer, Joe Dumars, and Dennis Rodman, but Thomas is still the greatest player in Detroit history.
Worst: Detroit Pistons — Darko Milicic
The Pistons made the Conference Finals in 2003 and then had the number two pick in the draft a few weeks later thanks to a savvy trade years before. They wouldn’t get the chance to pick high school phenom LeBron James, but in a draft with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade, it was hard to go wrong. Enter Darko.
Milicic could barely get on the floor his rookie season as the Pistons won the championship, and it didn’t get much better from there. He bounced around the league for a decade before retiring to kickboxing and owns an apple orchard in Serbia today, but he’ll always be remembered as one of the biggest busts in NBA history.