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Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups to be honoured by the Detroit Pistons

Our long and arduous work in progress of ranking the top fifty players for every North American sports team is underway, but after that is completed we will then take a look how each franchise honors their own in terms of respective franchise halls of fame, ring of honors, retired numbers and statues.

As such it is noteworthy to us that the Detroit Pistons will be announcing that the club will be honoring the jerseys of Ben Wallace and Chauncey Bilups through the 2015-16 Season.

Specifically, Wallace will be honored on January 16 in a game against the Golden State Warriors  and Billups will be honored in a game against the Denver Nuggets in February 10.

Both Billups and Wallace were members of the Pistons 2004 NBA Championship Team and will have their number retired by the team,

Ben Wallace arrived in Detroit in 2000 and would make all of his four All Star Games while playing for the Pistons.  He would spend more than half of his career in Motown and the tall man would average a double digit Rebound figure in Detroit and would also put up stats that would gave him four NBA Defensive Player of the Year Results. 

Big Ben would also post five season as an All-NBA Player (three as Second Team and two as Third Team) and was clearly a defensive standout in Detroit. 

Billups would also become a four time All Star and a two time Second Team Defensive Player and three time post season All-NBA player as a Piston.  He would be named the MVP of the NBA Finals in 2004.

We here at would like to congratulate Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace and the Detroit Pistons at this time.

The Detroit Pistons Retire Ben Wallace's Number 3

Our long and arduous work in progress of ranking the top fifty players for every North American sports team is underway, but after that is completed we will then take a look how each franchise honors their own in terms of respective franchise halls of fame, ring of honors, retired numbers and statues.

As such, it is important to us to make notice that the Detroit Pistons retired the number 3 of Ben Wallace last night in a ceremony during halftime of their home game against the Golden State Warriors.

Wallace was a four time NBA Defensive Player of the Year who was a member of the 2004 NBA Championship Team.  As a Piston, “Big Ben” was a four time All Star averaging 6.6 Points and 11.1 Rebounds per Game with a 16.5 PER.

The retirement of Wallace’s number marks the eighth time that the Detroit Pistons have retired a number.  Wallace is eligible for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017

We here at would like to congratulate Ben Wallace for receiving this prestigious honor. 

4. 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! - 80.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.3%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 2.4%

7. Mark Aguirre

Mark Aguirre was a star at the University of DePaul where he led the Demons to a final four and was a 2 time All-American.  Drafted number one overall by the Dallas Mavericks, Aguirre quickly became the face of the Mavs.  Aguirre proved to be a great scorer and the Mavericks became title contenders throughout the next several years though they could not get past the mighty Lakers. Traded midway through the 88-89 season to the Pistons for Adrian Dantley, Aguirre was reunited with childhood friend Isaiah Thomas and together they led the Pistons to two titles.  Aguirre averaged exactly 20 points a game over his 14 year career and will be remembered for his great ability to post up and score from the small forward position.

24. Bill Laimbeer

Bill Laimbeer is arguably the least popular player in the history of the NBA.  Part of the infamous Bad Boys teams that won back to back titles for Detroit in the late 80s, Laimbeer reputation as a physical and some called dirty player have superseded his on court accomplishments. Still, Laimbeer was one of the best centers of his generation making 4 All-Star teams and becoming only the 19th player to accumulate 10,000 points and rebounds in a career.  A superb long range shooter for a big man, Laimbeer was as important to the success of the Pistons as any other member.  His ability to bang down low on defense and grab rebounds (he actually led the league in rebounding in 85-86), allowed the Piston machine to roll and his teammates to do the bulk of the scoring. 

37. Rasheed Wallace

While Rasheed Wallace was known mostly for getting technical fouls, he was so much more than just that. Rasheed cut his teeth with the North Carolina Tar Heels and the former first rounder would make waves with the Portland Trail Blazers, emerging as the team’s leader and whether you liked him or hated him, his passion for the sport of basketball was undeniable. The four time All Star may not have been considered the best at his position at any point of his career but he was a vital member of the shocking Detroit Pistons team that won the title in 2004. That is something that men with better regular seasons cannot boast.

115. Antonio McDyess

A powerful force in the paint, Antonio McDyess had a very good career going until 2001 when a severe knee injury rendered him only part of the player he used to be. Prior to that, he was really coming into his own with capable blocking and boarding skills and was rewarded with his first All Star appearance and a spot on the American Dream Team. He would rehab himself back into the rotation by totally reinventing his skill set and moving away from the paint to put up jumpers. It kept him in the league, but he was never the same force that he was again.

#16. Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons

Unless his elite period shifts (which it could), Griffin will fall short on Win Shares and VORP but is very close.  Two things bode well for his Hall of Fame candidacy.  The first is that he had a comeback year, being named Third Team All-NBA after a four-year absence from an All-NBA accolade.  The second is that he is a former Player of the Year at Oklahoma, and this counts in the overall picture.

#27. Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons

Oh boy.  Derrick Rose is in grave danger of becoming the first former NBA MVP not to make the Hall of Fame.   If you look at his overall numbers, Rose probably shouldn't be inducted.  Rose had a fantastic comeback last year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he needs to keep that going.  His chance for the Hall relies on that MVP and sentiment.

#37. Andre Drummond: Detroit Pistons

In a career that has been spent entirely with the Detroit Pistons, Andre Drummond has quietly gone to two All-Star Games and has won three Rebounding Titles.  Drummond's Elite Period Win Shares and VORP should rise as he has played seven years, and his upcoming year should be better than his rookie one.
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