Only two men have won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award four times: Dikembe Mutombo, the fourth overall pick in 1991, and undrafted Ben Wallace.
Discovered at a basketball camp by Charles Oakley, Wallace followed in his mentor’s footsteps attending Virginia Union University after two years at a community college. A Division II All-American, Wallace was nevertheless overlooked at the draft, perhaps considered too short to be a center at only 6-foot-9. Wallace briefly played in Italy before signing with the Bullets.
He was nearly cut and played only 197 minutes all season as a rookie, but when injuries gave Wallace a chance to prove himself in his second year he did that and then some. Big Ben proved to be a force on the glass as well as a defensive menace.
Wallace's career really took off after he was sent by Orlando to Detroit as part of the Grant Hill deal. Wallace would go on to be the rock of the Pistons defense, helping to transform the team into the top dog in the Eastern Conference, making consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and winning a title in 2004. Wallace is no longer the force he once was, but he is still reaching milestones, Tuesday night Big Ben will set a record for most games played by an undrafted player since the NBA/ABA merger with his 1,055th game.