25. Ben Wallace
Career Accolades/Stats: 4-time Defensive Player of the Year, 4-time All-Star, 5-time All-NBA, 6-time All-Defensive Team, 2004 NBA Champion
Half of the game is spent on the defensive side of the ball, and there weren’t many better on that end than Ben Wallace. Wallace went undrafted in 1996 out of Virginia Union, and bounced from Washington to Orlando before being shipped off to Detroit in the deal that sent Grant Hill to the Magic.
Wallace would go on to start 551 games for the Pistons over the next seven seasons, capturing four Defensive Player of the Year awards and playing a key role in slowing down Shaquille O’Neal in Detroit’s historic upset over the Lakers in the 2004 NBA Finals. Wallace was a machine on the defensive end despite being listed at just 6-foot-9 (though he could be even shorter than that). He regularly was atop the league leaders in rebounds, blocks, and steals, and was the league’s top defender for the better part of a decade.
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