View Full Version : Ben Wallace is awesome
Just watching the Celts-Pistons game and want to add my personal contribution to the chorus of Ben Wallace adulation. It's so much fun to watch his defensive game.
Big Ben's got 5 blocks in the first half already, plus 7 boards.
05-05-2002, 04:03 PM
Ben Wallace will be one of the best big men in the NBA for years. He is incredible.
The incredible thing is how he is not really a "big" guy. He plays so much bigger.
05-05-2002, 04:18 PM
Best true rebounder in the league IMO.
Nice game by the old man Robinson. 30 pts, with 6 treys.
05-05-2002, 07:09 PM
I am always skeptical of Eastern Conference centers who put up big numbers. The East is so weak, especially at the center position, that its hard to guage how good a player really is. Its kind of like Yao Ming getting 30 boards a game in the Chinese league.
What we can do, is look at Whow allace's fared against Western Conference teams. Here's his last 10 games against Western Conference playoff teams:
Apr 12 vs Spurs: Rebounds - 8, Blocks - 2, Points - 7
Apr 03 vs Kings: Rebounds - 11, Blocks - 2, Points - 12
Mar 22 at Lakers:Rebounds - 11, Blocks - 0, Points - 2
Mar 19 at Jazz: Rebounds - 15, Blocks - 2, Points - 2
Mar 15 vs Jazz: Rebounds - 13, Blocks - 6, Points - 9
Jan 23 vs Wolves:Rebounds - 14, Blocks - 1, Points - 6
Jan 08 vs Lakers:Rebounds - 12, Blocks - 3, Points - 8
Jan 07 at Wolves:Rebounds - 5, Blocks - 3, Points - 0
Jan 02 at Spurs: Rebounds - 12, Blocks - 2, Points - 12
Dec 22 at Sonics:Rebounds - 9, Blocks - 2, Points - 8
Thats an average of 11 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 6.6 points
Decent stats, but it certainly doesn't scream "best big man in the NBA"
05-05-2002, 07:24 PM
<< Thats an average of 11 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, 6.6 points
Decent stats, but it certainly doesn't scream "best big man in the NBA" >>
But it does scream "best little big man in the NBA" :-)
05-05-2002, 07:45 PM
I didn't know that shortness was such a virtue. Hell, maybe if he was 6'5", he'd be regarded as the best player of all time!
05-05-2002, 09:26 PM
<< I didn't know that shortness was such a virtue. Hell, maybe if he was 6'5", he'd be regarded as the best player of all time! >>
Actually, I was being facetious, but check out the threads for Iverson as a top 5 player for this argument. If AI was 6'8" and jacked up that many shots at that percentage, the only issue would be why he can't get his game up to Stackhouse's level.
I agree that when looking at players actual productivity and usefulness, height is irrelevant. OTOH, when you look at a player individually, seeing what AI or Wallace can do at their height (or conversely what a 7-footer like Dirk can do with guard skills) is very impressive.
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