I was just reading the post about Jeff Foster's defense getting dissed, and thought that Foster is kind of a poor man's Wallace - a defender/rebounder who is not prolific offensively.
So anyway I took a look at their respective stats per 48 minutes (for 2003-2004) to see how far apart the really are.
Offensively they are a wash. Both average 12.2 points per game (over 48 minutes). Foster shoots 54% while Wallace shoots 42%. Foster shoots 67% from the line and Wallace shoots 49%.
Defensive prowess is harder to guage statistically. Foster averages 1.74 steals to Ben's 2.25, and blocks are Ben's big advantage 3.9 to 0.7.
Rebounding suprised me a little. Wallace averages 15.8 per/48 and Foster averages 14.9. Not really a big difference. Furthermore, Jeff has the edge in offensive boards 6.1 - 5.1.
Obviously the intangibles are important, you can't really overstate BW's intimidating status. He seems larger than life and can really alter entire game plans. Foster hustles well and sets a pretty nice pick, but doesn't have the same presence.
Most Pacer fans would trade Foster for Wallace in a heartbeat (me included), but it doesn't seem like the difference between the two is as great as the media makes it out to be.