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05-07-2006, 04:21 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit center Ben Wallace won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award for the fourth time in five years, a person within the Pistons organization told The Associated Press on Sunday.

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The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the award has not been announced, said Wallace will be presented with the award Tuesday night before Game 2 of the second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wallace joins Dikembe Mutombo as the only four-time Defensive Player of the Year in league history. The muscular 6-foot-9, 240-pounder also won the award last year in 2003 and 2002.

Detroit won an NBA-high and franchise-record 64 games during the regular season, helped by the work Wallace did while being honored as an All-Star for the fourth straight year.

Wallace ranked fourth in the NBA in rebounding (11.3), ninth in blocks (2.2) and 10th in steals (1.78) -- the only player among the top 10 in all three categories -- and led one of the NBA's top teams at the defensive end of the court.

He became the fifth player in league history to have 100 blocks and 100 steals in six straight seasons, a list that includes Hakeem Olajuwon, Julius Erving, Sam Lacey and David Robinson.

Wallace scored 7.3 points a game this season, and has not averaged double digits in any of his 10 years in the league.

Despite his lack of scoring, he is a key reason the Pistons have become one of the NBA's best teams in recent years. And Wallace -- with his trademark Afro or cornrows -- is clearly a sports celebrity in Detroit. His popularity is rivaled only by that of Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman, who might retire this offseason.

Detroit acquired Wallace from Orlando along with Chucky Atkins in a sign-and-trade deal for Grant Hill before the 2000-01 season. The building block for the Pistons' turnaround helped them advance in the playoffs in 2002 -- for the first time since 1991 -- to the conference finals in 2003, win a title in 2004 and get to the finals last year.


No real surprise. The only other contenders that could have beaten him to the award were suspended/injured. The only two being AK47 and Ron Artest.

05-07-2006, 04:48 PM
He deserves it this year more than all the others.

As the Pistons transitioned into an offensive team, he's the guy that's holding the fort down every night while everyone else showboats.

His numbers are down a bit, but without the gameplan structured around him, he's been nothing short of amazing this year.

05-07-2006, 04:57 PM
The Piston starting five should be DPOY!

05-07-2006, 06:21 PM
I think Ben Wallace is the most versatile defensive player in the league. So many times he switches out to guards and stops them, and of course he can guard the big men like Shaq and Yao. Heck, today he guarded LeBron.

Last year, I didn't think Ben deserved it, and got it on reputation. But I agree with KStat, he definitely does this year.

05-08-2006, 01:12 AM
Congrats for Ben.

05-08-2006, 06:36 AM
Booo...i wanted Gerald Wallace to win...Booo

05-08-2006, 12:19 PM
Sheed always throws hits two bits in....


"They gave that to him again?" Rasheed Wallace said, loud enough so that Ben Wallace could hear as he exited the locker room. "Ah, dog, that's felonious. It's felonious. Fe-lone-e-us. He was not even in my top three. Honestly, they only gave it to him because we the Pistons."


05-08-2006, 01:22 PM
I think Sheed might just be a better defender than Ben.

05-08-2006, 01:36 PM
On the ball, theryre very close.

Off the ball, no comparison whatsoever.

On the switch, no comparison there either.

When I see Sheed out at the 3-point line staying with LeBron James and Steve Nash like Ben does, I'll admit it's a legit discussion.

05-08-2006, 02:52 PM
Just from watching both guard Jermaine, I think Rasheed is a much better man defender.

05-09-2006, 02:41 AM
**** detroit.. and Ba***rd Ben

05-09-2006, 03:23 AM
Someone's a pottymouth......

05-09-2006, 04:53 AM
**** detroit.. and Ba***rd Ben

Ah what the heck, might as well get in on it.

"You mad doggy?"

05-09-2006, 05:15 PM
Someone's a pottymouth......
Rasheed Wallace?