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Pistons Links: Ben Wallace’s resume stacks up nicely for Hall of Fame

Big Ben’s candidacy and more in today’s links.

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Forbes on Ben Wallace and the Basketball Hall of Fame

As you all have heard, last week Ben Wallace was nominated to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. Forbes had some good notes on Ben’s resume for the Hall:

Wallace's selection as a four-time Defensive Player of the Year is an NBA record and those seasons came in a five-year span (2002-2006). His five All-NBA selections mirrors what Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond did during his career for Sacramento, Golden State, Washington and the Lakers. Richmond is considered among the weaker Hall of Fame selections – he never led the league in scoring and averaged only 21 ppg for his career.

But Richmond had two individual awards and those often stand out on a player's resume when the hall if considering their selection. Richmond was the league's Rookie of the Year in 1989 and also an All-Star Game MVP (1995). But when it came to winning and impacting playoff games, Wallace was superior to Richmond and McGrady. He was a better buy, also, topping out with the Pistons at $7.5 million in 2005-06.

Wallace's quartet of DPOY awards are matched by only one other player in NBA history: Dikembe Mutombo. Disclaimer: This award was not around when Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain were ruling the paint in the 1960s. It only started in 1982-83.

Mutombo was elected to the hall in 2015, so that could work in Wallace's favor. At 7-2, Mutombo had seven inches on Wallace. Yet Wallace had as many rebounding titles as Mutombo and helped lead the Pistons to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals.

The perfect Christmas gift for every NBA team as the season unofficially begins

Some of these are pretty corny or unimaginative — or whatever you’d like to call them. Check the link for the full descriptions of each team gift.

Detroit Pistons: A nice, relaxing vacation for Stan Van Gundy

Milwaukee Bucks: A stint in the Hyperbolic Time Chamber for Thon Maker

New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis getting to play center full-time

Chicago Bulls: A 3-point shot for Dwyane Wade

Ten things Zach Lowe likes and dislikes

From ESPN’s Senior NBA Writer a few days before Christmas:

6. Detroit's offense, after the script ends

The Pistons have been mired in turmoil since Reggie Jackson's return, and their offense is down to 21st in points per possession. There is something a little overly scripted about Detroit's possessions. They start every trip with some sort of set play -- a Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-roll, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope flying from the corner to take dribble handoff, or some action for one of their tweener forwards.

If the defense handles that, things just kind of stall. Jackson exacerbated that effect against Chicago this week, when he pouted in the corner, hands on hips, in a passive-aggressive tantrum after teammates called out his shot selection. But the tendency persists even when Jackson is engaged.

Lowe continues on with more words about the Pistons, so check out the link.

5 Reasons SVG Is Now A COMPLETE Failure

DBB FanPost time it is! Note that the “Failure” is not “complete” or even “Complete” — it’s COMPLETE. Look out Stan Van Gundy! People are onto you!

Tragedy Made Steve Kerr See the World Beyond the Court

We are always game for adding a random but worthwhile link. As such, this New York Times piece on Steve Kerr published before Christmas is terrific. I learned a ton about Kerr and hope you will too. As Sir Merwinly will definitely read it, what could possibly stop the rest of you?

Providing commentary on the state of today’s politics and culture is not a prerequisite for Kerr’s job. There are sports fans, maybe the majority of them, who wish athletes and coaches would keep their nonsports opinions to themselves — stand for the anthem, be thankful for your good fortune, express only humility, and provide little but smiles and autographs.

Kerr understands that. Sports are a diversion for most who follow them, “only meaningful to us and our fans,” he said. In a sports world that takes itself too seriously, that perspective is part of the appeal of Kerr and the Warriors. They won the 2015 N.B.A. championship, were runners-up last season and remain a top team this season. They seem to be having more fun than anyone else.

But Kerr also knows that sports are an active ingredient of American culture. He knows, as well as anyone, that players are complicated, molded by background, race, religion and circumstance.

And Kerr is, too: a man whose grandparents left the United States to work in the Middle East, whose father was raised there, whose mother adopted it, whose family has a different and broader perspective than most. The Kerrs are a family touched by terrorism in the most personal way. Malcolm Kerr was not a random victim. He was a target.

That gives Steve Kerr a voice. His job gives him a platform. You will excuse him if he has a few things to say.


Tough TV options Monday night for many of you Detroit sports fan out there — Cavaliers at Pistons or Lions at Cowboys, what’s it going to be?