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The 2004 Pistons were one of the best defensive teams the NBA had ever seen. Though they only finished third place in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons went onto dominate that NBA Playoffs that year and upset the Lakers in even more dominant fashion, beating them 4-1 in the NBA Finals and pretty much ending their dynasty.
Despite not winning the 2016 NBA Championship, the Warriors will go down as one of the best teams in NBA history. After going 73-9, the Dubs had some epic playoff battles and were literally seconds away from repeating as NBA Champions.
However, Richard Hamilton who was a core member of that 2004 Pistons team believes that they would easily beat the 2016 Warriors. Hamilton’s teammate Tayshaun Prince also believes that Pistons would have a strong chance against today’s Warriors.
“It would be no comparison.” Hamilton said on CBS Sports’ NBA Crossover. “We can guard every position. Every guy from our point guard to our five, can guard any position. We were big. We were long.”
“It depends on what the rules are.” Prince said. “Because back when we played, we could play hands-on, physical. As you can see from the Pacers rivalries and all of the rivalries we had back in the day, we were scoring in the high 70s, low 80s. We were physical. So now if you play this style of play, where they’re running and gunning and touch fouls and things like that, all of sudden we would start getting in foul trouble because back when we played, we were very, very aggressive on defense.”