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Ben Wallace, Chris Webber miss cut for Basketball Hall of Fame

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame won’t have a Detroit flavor in its 2019 class, which was announced on Saturday afternoon.

Former Pistons Ben Wallace and Chris Webber were finalists for the honor, but did not make the final cut. The names of the enshrinees, announced at the Final Four in Minneapolis, included Sidney Moncrief, Bobby Jones, Vlade Divac and Paul Westphal.

Ben Wallace was an All-Star on the Pistons’ 2004 NBA championship team and is known for his defensive prowess.

Selected with those four were NBA players Carl Braun, Chuck Cooper and Jack Sikma; NBA coach Bill Fitch; NBA contributor Al Attles; WNBA player Teresa Weatherspoon; and the 1957-59 teams from Tennessee A&I and the Wayland Baptist University program.

The class will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Cooper was the first black player drafted in the NBA and Attles was a longtime player, coach and executive with the Golden State Warriors.

Wallace was a four-time All-Star and played on the Pistons’ 2004 NBA championship team, and was best known for his defensive prowess. A four-time defensive player of the year, Wallace also was a two-time rebounding champ and led the league in blocks in 2001-02.

What many say is hurting his candidacy for the Hall of Fame his the offensive numbers: 5.7 points in his career and never scoring in double figures for a season, a stat that doesn't take his versatility into account. 

Wallace and the “Goin’ to Work” 2004 title team will be honored at halftime of the Pistons’ game on Sunday at Little Caesars Arena.

Webber, who starred for two seasons with the Fab Five at Michigan in 1991-93, helped the Wolverines reach back-to-back NCAA Tournament title games and had a standout NBA career with the Sacramento Kings. He currently is an analyst with TNT and NBA-TV.

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