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6. Ben Wallace
Although his career Points per Game average is less than six, and he never finishes a season averaging a double figure in points, it was Ben Wallace’s punishing defense that makes him a Hall of Fame candidate. Wallace is a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and despite being a little undersized at Center, was an amazing rebounder and shot blocker. Big Ben is in the top twenty all time in Defensive Win Shares, but unlike the other nineteen, Wallace was a bit of an offensive liability. He was the worst Free Throw shooter in NBA history and the bulk of his buckets were in the paint. Still, Ben Wallace did win an NBA Title (with the Pistons) and his defense was so respected that he made three Second and two All NBA Third teams. This one should be interesting!

Should Ben Wallace be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 77.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.2%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 2.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: White Hall, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Sunday, 01 January 2017
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets/Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls
  • College: Virginia Union
  • Drafted: Undrafted in 1996
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA Defensive Player of the Year (4) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05 & 2005-06)
    NBA All Star Teams (4) (2002, 2003, 2005 & 2006)
    Second Team All NBA Selection (3) (2002-03, 2003-04 & 2005-06)
    Third Team All NBA Selection (2) (2001-02 & 2004-05)
    NBA First Team All-Defensive Team Selection (5) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06)
    NBA Second Team All-Defensive Team Selection (1) (2006-07)
    Most Offensive Rebounds: (2) (2002-03 & 2005-06)
    Most Defensive Rebounds (1) (2000-01)
    Most Rebounds (2) (2000-01 & 2002-03)
    Most Blocks (1) (2001-02)
    Most Rebounds per Game (2) (2001-02 & 2002-03)
    Most Blocks per Game (1) (2001-02)
    Championship Rings: (1) (Detroit Pistons, 2003-04)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (1) (1994-95)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (8) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 & 2009-10)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (6) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (7) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals (2) (2003-04 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks (7) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (7) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Blocks per Game (7) (2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)    
    Top Ten Finsihes: Win Shares (1) (2001-02)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (5) (2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06 & 2006-07)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 15. Blocks: 2,137
    18. Offensive Rebounds: 3,444
    23. Blocks per Game: 2.0
    27. Defensive Rebounds: 7,038
    37. Rebounds: 10,482

Should Ben Wallace be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 77.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 15.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.2%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 2.8%

Comments   

0 #1 Jonny 2017-04-02 10:00
I'm not sure how he wasn't even a finalist in 2017. It completely baffles me. This guy was as dominant on defense in his prime as any other HOFer. I'd argue that he was more dominant at the defensive end than many HOFers were on the offensive end.

It says something when teams gameplanned around him on their offensive end. They'd try to pull him out to guard the perimeter. The problem was that he was good enough to guard 1 through 5 so that wasn't really an issue. The only other guys as talented were Rodman and Mutombo that I've been around to see and they are both HOFers.

His dominance on D and unselfish play on O led those Pistons to the championship and numerous conference finals. His individual accolades should speak for themselves too - 4 DPOY!!!

Hopefully they get it right some day.
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