Ben Wallace Named as Eastern Conference All-Star Starter

NBA Leading Rebounder To Make First All-Star Appearance On February 9

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AUBURN HILLS, MI – Pistons center Ben Wallace has been named as a starter on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team, it was announced by the NBA. Wallace, who led the fan balloting at center with 1,123,090 votes, will make his first career All-Star appearance at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta, GA.

“It’s a great honor to be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a starter,” said Wallace. “It’s great to earn respect from your teammates and coaches, but to also get that same respect from other players around the league and then the fans – that is special.”

Wallace, the 2001-02 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, is the NBA’s leading rebounder at 14.9 rebounds per game and ranks 2nd in blocks (2.77 bpg). He has grabbed 20-plus rebounds in consecutive games twice this season (11/27-11/29 & 12/30-1/4) and has recorded 20-plus rebounds in a game seven times. Wallace has led the club in rebounds in all 39 games he has played this season and has grabbed eight-plus rebounds in 87 consecutive games.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound center becomes the first Pistons’ player since Grant Hill to start an all-star game and the first Pistons’ center to play in an all-star game since Bill Laimbeer in 1987. Wallace is the first undrafted player to start and all-star game since Moses Malone in 1979.

This marks the 40th time that at least one Pistons’ player has made the All-Star team. The Pistons have had a player represented on the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 18 of the past 20 midseason classics.


2003 Eastern Conference
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2003 Eastern Conference
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