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Ben Wallace, your 2005-06 Defensive Player of the Year

Ben Wallace grabs a reboundIt's not yet official, but much in the same way everyone knew Steve Nash would be named the league MVP a week before it happened, Ben Wallace's name has been leaked as the winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award. From the AP:

Detroit center Ben Wallace won the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award for the fourth time in five years, a person within the Pistons organization told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the award has not been announced, said Wallace will be presented with the award Tuesday night before Game 2 of the second-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wallace joins Dikembe Mutombo as the only four-time Defensive Player of the Year in league history. The muscular 6-foot-9, 240-pounder also won the award last year in 2003 and 2002.

Wallace wins NBA's top defensive award [AP]