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Friday, March 27, 2009

Is he a Hall of Famer?

Cavs forward/center Ben Wallace is close to returning to the team. I got into a discussion with a colleague before the game about whether Wallace is a Hall of Famer when he retires.

He won four Defensive Player of the Year awards, in addition to winning a championship in 2004 in Detroit.

For a five-year stretch, he was the most dominating defensive player in the league. He impacted games with his defense, rebounding and shot blocking.

It's not out of the question he should win another ring this season.

But should he be enshrined in Springfield, Mass.? In my opinion, no.

His career scoring average is 6.5 points per game. He's a 41.8 percent career foul shooter. But his career rebounding average is 10.5.

Can a player be a Hall of Famer with a 6.5 scoring average? I don't think so. But it's open to debate. Obviously, he was a defensive force. But as good as he was defensively, he was just as bad offensively.


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