The Detroit Pistons hope to usher in the next great era of NBA basketball in the Motor City by bringing back a franchise legend.
The team announced on Friday that Ben Wallace, a key member of its iconic 2004 title team and one of two players in league history to be named Defensive Player of the Year four times, has been hired as Detroit’s team engagement advisor. Wallace will assist both coach Dwane Casey and general manager Troy Weaver with Detroit’s basketball operations staff as well as the development of young players with the Pistons and G-League’s Motor City Cruise.
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Wallace, enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month, played 10 of his 16 seasons in the NBA with Detroit before retiring in 2012. A four-time All-Star during his first stint with the team in the mid-2000s, he’s the Pistons’ all-time leader in blocks, second in steals and fourth in rebounds.
Undrafted out of HBCU Virginia Union in 1996, Wallace is tasked with cultivating a rebuild in Detroit based around No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham and other promising young players like Isaiah Stewart and Saddiq Bey. The Pistons tipoff the regular season on October 20th against the Chicago Bulls.