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24/7 Wall St.: 13 Pro Teams Running Out of Fans

7. Detroit Pistons

10-yr. attendance decline: -22.3 percent
2001-2002 W-L record: 50-32 (1st in Central Division)
2011-2012 W-L record: 25-41 (4th in Central Division)
League championships last decade: Won NBA Finals in 2004

The Detroit Pistons were NBA Champions last in the 2003-2004 season, when they were led by all stars such as Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace, as well as legendary coach Larry Brown. Despite the title and back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals, Brown was not brought back as coach after the 2004-2005 season. With most of the players from those teams now gone, the Pistons’ record has dropped. After making the Eastern Conference Finals for five consecutive seasons ending in 2008, the Pistons have not had a winning record. Last season, the Pistons filled just 65.3 percent of seats, more than 10 percentage points lower than any other team in the NBA. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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