The Detroit Pistons are having a pretty rough year, but at least they were able to Ben Wallace’s 1000th game. Wallace joined Avery Johnson and Moses Malone as the only undrafted players to reach the 1,000-game mark. That milestone came a few weeks after another much more significant achievement, Wallace’s 10,000th rebound.
Wikipedia says that Ben Camey Wallace was born in White Hall, Alabama and the tenth of eleven children. He came to the Pistons with Chucky Atkins in what proved to be an amazing trade of Grant Hill, and his awards include being named NBA Defensive Player of the Year four times, a feat only matched by Dkembe Mutumbo. He has also been voted to 6 All-NBA Defensive teams and led the league in both rebounds and blocked shots in 01-02 and 02-03, the first to do that since Hakeem Olajuwon.
You might also want to check out Ben Wallace at NBA.com and PistonPowered’s argument that Ben Wallace remains the greatest thing about the Detroit Pistons.
You can see Big Ben’s Top 10 plays (as selected by some guy on YouTube) but to really get a sense of the Beast of the East, you need to watch Ben Wallace – The Evolution of a Beast, a great tribute to Number 3.