Pat Caputo: Time Should Be Kind To Big Ben’s Legacy

Ben Wallace has stated this will be his final season. He is playing about 14 minutes a game. He is averaging just more than a point per game. He isn’t among the NBA’s leading rebounders. Long ago, he stopped being the best off-the-ball defender in the league and a true force guarding the rim. Considering the current state of the Pistons and NBA overall following the lockout (other than Linsanity), it ultimate winding down of a career.

But Wallace’s recent milestone – playing the most NBA games ever for an undrafted player – brought back reminders of just what a unique player Wallace was during his prime.

He was the best defensive player in the NBA for a number of years. A great rebounder. Sometime he’d struggle in the post with the NBA bigger centers (Chris Webber, for example, gave him fits), but his “help” defense was second to none.

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