Monday , May , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Ben Wallace named NBA’s top defensive player

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace will reportedly take home his fourth NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in five seasons on Monday.

According to a report in the Detroit Free Press, Wallace’s selection will be made official at a press conference scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Wallace averaged 11.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and a career-best 1.78 steals per game this season as the Pistons amassed the league’s best regular-season record.

The four-time All-Star finished the regular season fourth in rebounding, 10th in steals and ninth in blocked shots.

Wallace was a monster on the defensive end in Game 1 of the Pistons’ Eastern Conference semifinal matchup against Cleveland. The center finished with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in Detroit’s 113-86 win.