Ben Wallace named league’s best defender, again
New York, NY (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was named
the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year for the third time in his career on
In 74 games this season, Wallace averaged 12.2 rebounds, including 3.9
offensive, 2.38 blocks, 1.43 steals and 9.7 points per game, while guiding the
Pistons to a 54-28 record. He received 45 first-place votes and 339 points
from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United
States and Canada.
The nine-year veteran was also honored for his defensive efforts in 2002 and
2003 and joins Dikembe Mutombo as the only players in NBA history to win the
award three times.
San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen finished second in the voting, while Denver’s Marcus
Camby was third.
Originally undrafted after playing at Virginia Union, Wallace has had a
stellar professional career. In addition to being a three-time Defensive
Player of the Year winner, Wallace is a two-time All-Star and captured an NBA
championship with Detroit last year.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Wallace has posted career averages of 10.6 rebounds,
2.30 blocks and 6.5 points per game.
In the current playoffs, Detroit holds a 3-1 lead over Philadelphia in the
best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, which continues Tuesday
at The Palace.