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

Big Ben named NBA’s top defensive player

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace won the NBA
Defensive Player of the Year Award for the fourth time in five seasons on
Monday.

Wallace received 420 points, including 58 first-place votes, from a panel of
sportswriters and broadcasters. San Antonio’s Bruce Bowen finished second with
308 points, earning 38 first-place votes, and Utah’s Andrei Kirilenko finished
third with 121 points.

The 6-foot-9 Wallace is the only player in NBA history to win the Defensive
Player of the Year Award four times in a five-year span and joined Dikembe
Mutombo as the only players to win the award four times.

Wallace averaged 11.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and a career-best 1.8 steals per
game this season as the Pistons amassed a franchise-best 64 wins and 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 also became just the fifth player in league history to record 100
blocks and 100 steals in six consecutive seasons.

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

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