One game shy of setting the record for games played by an undrafted player, Ben Wallace says that he is hanging it up at the end of the season.
Ben Wallace said Monday that this will be his last NBA season.
The 37-year-old Wallace, who is a four-time defensive player of the year, was quoted saying,
"No consideration to coming back. This is definitely my last year."
Wallace is set to break Avery Johnson's record for the most games played by an undrafted player since the ABA-NBA merger. Tuesday will be Wallace’s 1,055th game.
For Wallace, this is the 16th season of a career that began in Washington in 1996. He played for the Wizards through the 98-99 season and then played one year in Orlando before joining the Pistons and becoming one of the NBA’s most recognizable – and unlikely – stars.
He is a four-time NBA All-Star (2003 through 2006) and four-time NBA defensive player of the year (2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006). He has thrice been named All-NBA Second Team (2003, 2004 and 2006).
Wallace averaged a career-best 15.4 rebounds during the 2002-03 season.
After the 2006 season he went to Chicago for two seasons, Cleveland for two seasons and then wound up back in Detroit in 2009-10.
This season he is averaging 1.0 point and 3.4 boards per game.