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Ben Wallace scores a career-high with… 23 points?

In Uncategorized on January 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Though it was in a terrible loss, Ben Wallace scored a career-high 23 points. He just barely got there, too, after taking and making a 3PT shot at the buzzer.

It’s hard to believe that Ben Wallace has never scored more than 23 points. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year has scored 20 or more points just 4 times in nearly 1,000 games.

Dennis Rodman, another prolific rebounder not known for his shooting, averaged 7.3 PPG on his career; compared to Big Ben’s 6.1 PPG. Yet Rodman managed to score 20+ points a total of 16 times in 911 career games.

The comparison of Wallace to Rodman falls apart pretty quickly. Wallace is a hugely valuable defensive asset, whereas Rodman was not as noted for his work on defense.   Rodman averaged significantly more OREB, likely accounting, to some degree, for his increased scoring. And, perhaps most notably, Wallace shoots 41.5% from the free throw line; the worst in NBA history, and 16.9% worse than Rodman’s 58.4 FT%.   Still, all these things considered, I feel my initial surprise was understandable. Few are capable of becoming well-known in today’s league despite scoring 20+ points just 4 times.

…And that leads me to the most amazing thing about all of this: Wallace has had 42 games with 20+ TRB.

He’s a different kind of special. No wonder he’s famous.

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