John Hollinger gives Ben Wallace his defensive due

ESPN’s John Hollinger ranks Ben Wallace as the NBA’s second-best defensive center this season:

Detroit was only 27th in defensive efficiency, but don’t blame Big Ben. He was positively awesome in the first half of the season, bringing back memories of his dominating days of yore with the Pistons, and the team’s defense immediately went in the tank once he was hurt. Wallace’s ridiculous on-court versus off-court numbers are helped by his weak counterparts in the Pistons’ frontcourt, but observation backs up the numbers in this case: Big Ben was freakishly good.

Agreed. I’m glad to see Big Ben getting the recognition he deserves.

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