Ben Wallace, Hall of Famer?

As part of ESPN’s 5-on-5 yesterday, we were asked whether Ben Wallace is a Hall of Famer. Surprisingly, the answers were mostly positive:

Danny Chau, Hardwood Paroxysm: Fact, though it’s close. In Detroit’s contending years, the team was built around Wallace, which seems ridiculous considering he’s averaged fewer than 6 points per game in his career. He doesn’t have the gaudy stats to back up his brilliance, but the influence he had on the league defensively will surely be remembered and celebrated.

Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: I’ve given up predicting what John Hollinger calls the "College Coaches Hall of Fame" will do. But should Wallace be? Absolutely. He’s one of the greatest defenders of all time, and he was a good offensive player, too. (Offense is more than shooting.) Now that Dennis Rodman is in the Hall, Wallace might be the most underrated player ever.

Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: Fiction. Ben Wallace had a good run for half a decade, but there should be stricter criteria to get into the Hall of Fame than just five good seasons. A couple of those DPOY awards were bogus. Some will compare him to Dennis Rodman, but I don’t see how a few good seasons and distinctive hair is enough.

John Krolik, Cavs: The Blog: Yes. Best player on a championship team and best defender and rebounder of his era. That should be enough to get you to Springfield.

Chris Palmer, ESPN The Magazine: Fact. Defensive Player of the Year four times. End of story.

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