Detroit Pistons small forward Stanley Johnson has changed his number in honor of Pistons legend Ben Wallace. Johnson’s original number was 3, but the Pistons retired it during this past season on January 16th, 2016 against the Golden State Warriors. He changed it to 7, saying, “Out of respect for the great career of Ben Wallace I’m switching number to number 7 next year proud to say I’m the last one to wear it…”
Out of respect for the great career of Ben Wallace I'm switching number to number 7 next year proud to say I'm the last one to wear it…
— 7even (@iAmSJ) June 29, 2016
Stanley Johnson was drafted 8th overall in the 2015 draft by the Detroit Pistons. In his rookie campaign, he averaged 8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 23.1 minutes per game. The Pistons finished with a record of 44-38, good enough for 8th in the Eastern Conference. They faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, but were swept in 4 games.
Ben Wallace was undrafted in 1996. He played for the Washington Wizards/Bullets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers, before ending his career in Detroit. He averaged 5.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1.3 steals in his 16 year career. He was 4 time defensive player of the year in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006, led the league in blocks in 2002 with 3.5 blocks, led the league in rebounding in 2002 and 2003 with 15.4 and 12.4 rebounds per game respectively, and was a vital part of the NBA championship winning Detroit Pistons team in 2003-2004 season.
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