The Detroit Pistons announced that Ben Wallace will the join the organization as a basketball operations and team engagement advisor.
In this role, Wallace will assist Pistons general manager Troy Weaver and the basketball operations staff, head coach Dwayne Casey and the coaching staff, and serve as a mentor and development asset for players on the Pistons roster and the Motor City Cruise. He will also engage in select organization business initiatives and community efforts.
“Ben is a Hall of Famer and a Pistons legend who has continued to come back home and support our team and our organization,” says Tom Gores, owner of the Pistons. “He embodies everything we are building here and will be a real asset to Dwane, Troy and the rest of our staff. Ben helped set the standard for what it means to be a Piston and will be a tremendous influence for our young players.”
Wallace was recently selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his play over 16 seasons with Washington, Orlando, Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland. Of his 16 seasons, nine were spent in Detroit, where he collected four NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors and four NBA All-Star selections, along with two Eastern Conference Championships and an NBA Championship.
Wallace recorded 10,482 rebounds in his career, becoming one of only 40 players in history, and the only undrafted player, to record 10,000 rebounds. He is also one of only 11 to record 10,000 rebounds and 2,000 blocks, the shortest player in league history to do so.