Pistons to retire jerseys for Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups

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The Detroit Pistons declared Monday that the franchise will honor and retire jerseys for Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups.

Wallace will be honored during a halftime ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 16, when the Pistons host the Golden Point out Warriors at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Billups will be honored in the course of a halftime ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 10, when Detroit performs the Denver Nuggets at The Palace.

“Our franchise has an remarkable historical past and it is crucial that we acknowledge the gamers who not only reached excellent items, but also assisted define what it indicates to be a Piston,” Pistons proprietor Tom Gores explained in a assertion. “Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace are legends in Detroit and we are excited to honor their good results.

“Although we celebrate their individual achievements, it was their selflessness that aided make them so particular. They showed up each and every day willing to operate and sacrifice for the great of the staff. They place winning earlier mentioned all else and in the process motivated a technology of Pistons fans.”

Wallace, acquired by Detroit from the Orlando Magic in 2000, invested 9 seasons with the Pistons, gathering NBA Defensive Player of the 12 months honors four moments and was named a NBA All-Star 4 times.

Throughout Wallace’s 1st stint with Detroit (2000-06), the Pistons manufactured the playoffs in 5 of the 7 many years, profitable Jap Convention Championships in 2004 and 2005 and the NBA Championship in 2004. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in typical-season and playoff blocks (1,486 and 215, respectively) and ranks first amid Pistons’ all-time playoff leaders in rebounds (one,237). In 655 online games with the Pistons, Wallace averaged 6.6 factors, 11.one rebounds, two.three blocks, one.4 steals and 1.five helps in 32.six minutes for every game.

“We celebrated a lot of fantastic accomplishments throughout my years in Detroit and to be regarded for my contributions in this way, I am honored,” Wallace stated. “I look forward to sharing this expertise with all the followers who supported me all through my years as a Piston.”

Wallace, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound middle, went undrafted in the 1996 NBA Draft and expended time with Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland. Wallace recorded ten,482 rebounds in the course of his job. All round, in 1,088 occupation NBA games, Wallace averaged 5.7 details, nine.6 rebounds, 2. blocks, 1.three steals and one.three helps in 29.5 minutes for each sport.

Obtained as a free of charge agent in 2002, Billups’ 8-yr profession in Detroit was highlighted by back-to-back Eastern Convention Championships and two NBA Finals appearances in 2004 and 2005. He was named NBA Finals Most Beneficial Player in the course of the Pistons’ NBA championship year in 2003-04 when he averaged 21. details, three.two rebounds and five.two assists in five games in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers. Billups was named an NBA All-Star three occasions with Detroit. In 482 game titles with the Pistons, Billups averaged sixteen.5 points, 6.two assists and three.2 rebounds in 31.6 minutes for every game.

“It really is an honor to be acknowledged by the Detroit Pistons group in this fashion,” Billups explained. “This is a franchise with great heritage and custom. To be identified among the all-time great gamers in team background is special and I appear ahead to celebrating the achievements, reminiscences and excellent times we shared with each other.”

Billups, a six-three, 210-pound guard, was drafted with the third general select by the Boston Celtics in the 1997 draft. In the course of his 17 seasons in the NBA, he put in time with Boston, Toronto, Denver, Minnesota, Detroit, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers, and collected five All-Star appearances. He was also awarded the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 2008, the NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2009 and the NBA Teammate of the Year Award in 2009. Total, Billups played in one,043 job NBA video games and averaged 15.2 factors, five.four assists, two.9 rebounds, 1. steals in 31.six minutes per match.

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