Ben Wallace, Chauncey Billups to Have Numbers Retired by Detroit Pistons

October 30th, 2015 by Mike Norris Leave a reply »

Two former NBA champions with the Detroit Pistons will have their numbers retired by the club, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace will receive separate game-night ceremonies sometime during the 2015-16 season, per Ellis.

Billups, a guard who played for Detroit from 2002 to 2009, and then again briefly during the 2013-14 season before retiring, averaged 16.9 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game during the Pistons' championship season.

Wallace also had two stints with the Pistons (2000 to 2006 and 2009 to 2012), was a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and led the league in rebounds during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons. 

Even though Detroit has not officially announced its plans, the ceremonies are no secret, as the Free Press tweeted out its support of the two players:

Derek James of summed up what made Wallace an effective defensive player:

It’s not as if Wallace was just a swatting machine the Pistons kept in the lane. No, Wallace changed the way te ...

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