I always say that Ben Wallace is one of the best stories I have ever covered.
If you took his story to Hollywood and tried to sell it, they'd probably tell you it was too farfetched, that it wasn't believable.
Imagine this: An undrafted, somewhat undersized power forward who has limited offensive skills goes on to win an NBA title, four Defensive Player of the Year awards, make four All-Star teams and set an NBA record for most games played by an undrafted player.
No one could have possibly foreseen it back in August of 2000 when Wallace came to Detroit along with guard Chucky Atkins in a sign-and-trade deal for Grant Hill, who went to Orlando.
In his first season with the Pistons, 2000-01, the team went 32-50 under coach George Irvine but Wallace was already showing signs of the player he would become.
Wallace became the first Piston in history to lead the team in rebounds, steals and blocks. He also led the league with 1,052 rebounds, the first Piston since Dennis Rodman in 1...