|No. 30, 4, 3, 6|
September 10, 1974 |
White Hall, Alabama
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (206 cm)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Central (Hayneville, Alabama)|
|College||Cuyahoga CC (1992–1994)
Virginia Union (1994–1996)
|NBA draft||1996 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1996–2012|
|1996–1999||Washington Bullets / Wizards|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||6,254 (5.7 ppg)|
|Rebounds||10,482 (9.6 rpg)|
|Blocks||2,137 (2.0 bpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ben Camey Wallace (born September 10, 1974) is a retired American professional basketball player who last played for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A native of Alabama, Wallace attended Cuyahoga Community College and Virginia Union University and signed with the Washington Bullets (later Wizards) as an undrafted free agent in 1996. In his NBA career, Wallace played with the Washington Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.
He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award four times, a record he shares with Dikembe Mutombo. In nine seasons with the Pistons (2000–2006; 2009-2011), Wallace made two NBA Finals appearances (2004 and 2005) and won a championship with the Pistons in 2004.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 NBA career
- 4 Player profile
- 5 Life outside of basketball
- 6 Honors and statistical highs
- 7 NBA career statistics
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Wallace was born in White Hall, Alabama, a small town in Lowndes County, and is the tenth of eleven children. He later attended Central High School in Hayneville where he received all-state honors in basketball, baseball, and football (as a linebacker). Former basketball player Charles Oakley is Wallace's mentor, having discovered Wallace at a 1991 basketball camp, and later recommended Wallace to his previous college, Virginia Union.
Wallace first played college basketball on the junior college level at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland for two years. There, staples of Wallace's defensive prowess were shown as he averaged 17.0 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game. He then transferred to Virginia Union, a Division II school, where he studied criminal justice. Wallace averaged 13.4 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game as a member of the Virginia Union Panthers, whom he led to the Division II Final Four and a 28–3 record.1 As a senior, Wallace was named to the First-Team All CIAA and was selected as a First Team All-American (Div. II) by the NABC. Wallace was a letterman in football, baseball, basketball and track. He won All-State honors in all but track.
As an undrafted player, he was signed as a rookie free agent by the Washington Bullets on October 2, 1996. In 1999, Wallace was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Tim Legler, Terry Davis and Jeff McInnis for Ike Austin.
On August 3, 2000, he was traded along with Chucky Atkins to the Detroit Pistons for Grant Hill, in what was at the time considered a one-sided trade; Hill had planned to sign with Orlando as an unrestricted free agent, but the sign and trade deal allowed Hill to receive a slightly more lucrative contract while Detroit received at least some compensation for losing its marquee player. Since the trade, Wallace won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in the 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05, and 2005–06 seasons, and was selected to six All-Defensive teams. In the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons, he led the league in both rebounds and blocked shots, the first to do so since Hakeem Olajuwon. In 2003, he was voted by fans to the first of his four NBA All-Star Game appearances as a center for the Eastern Conference.
Near the end of a November 2004 game against the Indiana Pacers, Wallace responded to a foul by Indiana's Ron Artest by shoving Artest, which eventually led to the Pacers–Pistons brawl, involving both players and spectators. Wallace was suspended for six games, and his brother David Wallace, received a year of probation and community service for punching Indiana players in the stands.2
The game was a rematch of the heated Eastern Conference finals which the Detroit Pistons won on their way to the 2004 NBA Finals where they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 4–1 on the back of Wallace's effective and strong defense against a declining but still dominant Shaquille O'Neal.
The Pistons began a tradition of sounding a deep chime whenever "Big Ben" scored or recorded a block on Detroit's home court, The Palace of Auburn Hills – an allusion to the original Big Ben in London. (The Bulls and Cavaliers continued the gimmick during his respective tenures with Chicago and Cleveland).
On July 3, 2006, Wallace agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Chicago Bulls.3 Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles had a strict "no-headband" policy, but decided to make an exception for Wallace when his teammates voted in favor of allowing him to keep the signature headband.4 During his two-year run in Chicago, Wallace battled with various knee injuries and averaged 5.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.
On February 21, 2008, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a three-team deal that included the Seattle SuperSonics and the Chicago Bulls.5 The deal moved Wallace to the power forward position with Zydrunas Ilgauskas as the starting center. Following the trade, Wallace played in 22 regular season games (all starts). In 26.3 minutes, he averaged 4.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. In 72 total regular season games Wallace averaged 4.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.6 Wallace had a Cavalier regular season high of 12 points on February 24, 2008 against the Memphis Grizzlies, and had regular season Cavalier highs of 15 rebounds against the Charlotte Bobcats and four blocks against the Orlando Magic.7 In the 2008 playoffs, Wallace played in 13 games (all starts) and averaged 3.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.6 He had his playoff high of 12 rebounds in Game 4 win against the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs.7 On November 25, 2008, Wallace grabbed his 9,000th career rebound and blocked his 1,900th career shot.
On June 25, 2009, Wallace was traded to the Phoenix Suns with Sasha Pavlović, a second round draft pick and $500k for Shaquille O'Neal.8 On July 13, 2009, the Suns bought out Wallace's $14 million contract, saving $8 million in the process. Wallace actually received $10 million but Phoenix was in luxury tax so the savings were effectively doubled.
On August 7, 2009, Wallace agreed to re-sign with the Pistons as a free agent to a one-year deal. He formerly wore jersey number 3 with the Pistons, but changed his jersey to No. 6 upon his return, allowing Rodney Stuckey to keep that number. On July 11, 2010, Wallace agreed to a two-year deal with the Pistons.9
On August 4, 2010, Wallace was re-signed by the Pistons.10 On November 30, 2010, in a 90–79 road loss to the Orlando Magic, Wallace surpassed the 10,000 rebound mark for his career, becoming the 34th player in NBA history to achieve that mark.
On December 22, 2010, in a 115–93 road win over the Toronto Raptors, Wallace played his 1,000th game becoming the 95th player in NBA history to achieve this record. On February 14, 2012, Wallace played his 1,055th game, passing the record held by Avery Johnson for most games by an undrafted player.11
Wallace was listed at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), though he has admitted that he is closer to 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m).citation needed Even though his size was more suited for the power forward position, he primarily played as a center.12 He became known for his prolific rebounding and shot blocking,12 and was voted the NBA Defensive Player of the Year four times. He is one of only five players to collect more blocks than personal fouls (minimum 150 games) and the only player among those to also have more steals than turnovers.13 However, Wallace was never a potent scorer, averaging 5.7 points per game in his career. The majority of his points came from offensive put-backs, baskets in transition, or other high-percentage field goals.citation needed Wallace also holds the record for worst free throw shooting percentage in NBA history, at under 42 percent (minimum 1,000 free-throw attempts).14 This often led to teams fouling him in the fourth quarter, much like the Hack-a-Shaq defense.15
Wallace is married to Chanda and is the father of two sons, Ben Jr. and Bryce, and one daughter, Bailey.16
Wallace appeared on the cover of ESPN NBA 2K5. An inflatable basketball training aid of Wallace's likeness, called the Inflatable Defender, was manufactured by PlayAir Systems. His sneaker, the Big Ben, was released November 5, 2007 under Stephon Marbury's Starbury label and sold for $14.98 at Steve & Barry's stores.17
Wallace noted to Arda Ocal of The Score Television Network that he is a fan of professional wrestling, citing some of his favourite wrestlers as André the Giant, Big John Studd, Hulk Hogan and John Cena.20
- NBA champion: 2004
- 4× NBA All-Star: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
- 4× NBA Defensive Player of the Year: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
- 6× All-NBA Defensive Team:
- First Team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
- Second Team: 2007
- 5× All-NBA:
- Second Team: 2003, 2004, 2006
- Third Team: 2002, 2005
- 2× NBA regular-season leader, rebounds per game: 2002 (13.0), 2003 (15.4)
- NBA regular-season leader, blocks per game: 2002 (3.5)
- 2× NBA regular-season leader, total rebounds: 2001 (1052), 2003 (1026)
- NBA regular-season leader, total defensive rebounds: 2001 (749)
- 2× NBA regular-season leader, total offensive rebounds: 2003 (293), 2006 (301)
- NBA regular-season leader, total blocks: 2002 (278)
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- List of National Basketball Association career rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career blocks leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff steals leaders
- List of National Basketball Association career playoff blocks leaders
- List of National Basketball Association season rebounding leaders
- List of National Basketball Association players with 10 or more blocks in a game
- "Ben Wallace Bio". Bballone.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Palace brawl lives in infamy 1 year later". Associated Press. November 26, 2005.
- "Ben Wallace makes it official, signs with Bulls". Sports.espn.go.com. July 13, 2006. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Skiles makes an exception to headband rule for Big Ben". Sports.espn.go.com. October 2, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Cavs land James some help". NBA Experts Blog (Yahoo! Sports). Archived from the original on February 25, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
- "Ben Wallace Statistics". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Ben Wallace 2007–2008 Game Logs". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Suns Complete Trade With Cavs, Send Shaq to Cleveland". NBA.com. June 25, 2009. Archived from the original on June 28, 2009. Retrieved June 25, 2009.
- "Wallace to sign two-year deal with Pistons". Associated Press. July 11, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- "Pistons Re-Sign Center Ben Wallace". NBA.com. August 4, 2010. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
- "Pistons' Ben Wallace sets NBA record for games played by undrafted player". detroitnews.com. February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Detroit's Ben Wallace wins NBA's top defensive award". Sports.espn.go.com. May 8, 2006. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Players with more Blocks than Personal Fouls". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved December 23, 2012.
- "Ben Wallace NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "Blogger: Aanmelden". Mistakesports.blogspot.com. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
- "NBA.com: Ben Wallace Bio Page". NBA.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013.
- Gregory, Sean (November 2, 2007). "Sneaker Cents". Time. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
- "Ben Wallace faces two charges". espn.com. espn.com. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
- "Ben Wallace sentenced to probation". ESPN.com. December 13, 2011. Retrieved August 8, 2013.
- "Ben Wallace talks to Arda Ocal about Pro Wrestling". YouTube.com. Retrieved August 9, 2013.dead link
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