Detroit Pistons: 5 best and 5 worst coaches in team history
4th Worst: Don Chaney
Don Chaney was a good player, and a pioneer in the coaching ranks. He was a Black dead coach in the NBA when the words, “Black,” and, “Head Coach,” still rarely joined together. I’m not about to smoke him here because he deserves better than that. He had incredible success on the court and in life and did so with a serious heart condition. Unfortunately for us, his time with the Detroit Pistons was a blemish on an otherwise damned good resume. His .293 winning percentage is a testament to that. One has to mention that his 48-116 record was compiled with Grant Hill on the roster. Not good enough.
4th Best: Doug Collins
Doug Collins was a very good coach in the NBA. It’s too bad he never won a championship as a head coach because he’s somewhat robbed of the recognition he deserves. He succeeded Don Chaney in Detroit and was able to win 18 more games than his predecessor did the year before. During his three years at the helm, Collins led the Pistons to a 209-121 mark in the regular season and reached the playoffs twice. The success ended there, but he could have easily managed more. Known for being emotional, his tenure was short for a guy with a .579 winning percentage. Count me among those who believe he could have led the Detroit Pistons to greater heights had he stuck around longer.