Posted on: October 31, 2009 9:10 am
Yes, you heard me right and now that he's back with the Pistons he's proving it. He wasn't be used correctly on the Bulls and Cavaliers who tried too much to play him out of position (PF) and never let him roam like he could. He's old now, so I won't argue he's better than Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett but he's still in that upper group of post defenders. He can still go one-on-one with any post player and slow them/shut them down. He can still get up (though not as well as he use to) and block shots or get rebounds. He is also still quick enough and has quick enough hands and feet to press players after the throw in and still can step out on players and get some steals. If you need any proof, go watch the last two games for the Pistons and you will see plenty of proof.
He's not just putting up individual stats or slowing down just one player, but he's effecting the entire defense again and getting back to being that anchor on defense. The first game against the Grizzlies, the Pistons held them to 74 points on 36.1% FG shooting and Big Ben had 9 rebounds and a block. The game last night against the Thunder, the Pistons held them to 91 points on 43.4% FG shooting and Big Ben had 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 steals. Yes, they did lose last night but there was no more that Big Ben could have done to help them win (they only played him 30 min. for one, and even though they played good defense it was their offense that couldn't get it done).
I know you still have a bad taste in your mouth from what he looked like on the Cavs and Bulls, but you can't expect a player like Ben to be able to play out of position and not in his own style. The excuse sure works for Steve Nash and a few other players, so why does it get ignored for Big Ben? And for anyone who has tried to say it was the Pistons defense that made Big Ben, please explain how their defense is making him look good now? Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villaneuva, and Richard Hamilton are making him look good on defense? Please, Tayshaun Prince is the only other one who can play great defense on the team right now.
I know you will say "it's only the Grizzlies and Thunder," even though I heard a lot of people talking about the Thunder being a "surprise team" this year and their offense is really good but their defense is the weak part. However, Tuesday, November 3rd 2009 (mark it down) the Pistons will get to play Dwight Howard and the Magic. Once you see Big Ben take on Howard and still play great, I'll be waiting to hear what excuses you can come up with then.
Ben Wallace is still one of the best post defenders in the league.
Posted on: October 29, 2009 9:47 am
Edited on: October 29, 2009 9:49 am
For the most part, I loved what I seen in this game. Love seeing Big Ben Wallace back on the Pistons , and I love his defense even more! He had Zach Randolph frustrated all night long and had him shut down. I think I only seen Randolph score once or twice on Big Ben, with the rest of his points coming on FTs or on Kwame Brown /Charlie V. At 35 he can still play very good defense and rebound well; his hops aren't what they once were but he's no chump. He's still the best defensive prescence they have in the paint and is the best they've had in there since he left before. This is one of the better games on defense I've seen this Pistons play in a long time (maybe all the way back to when he left before), and it's no coincidence that they do it with him back. Anyone that has ever doubted or hated Big Ben just was shown what he's still capable of even though he's no where near his prime. For a long time now haters have said it was Big Ben who was made by the Pistons, but I think all us Pistons fans know and anyone that watches him play knows it's the other way around. He might be having them hold teams up 90 ppg all year long like in his prime days, but he can make sure they are still a formidable defense. He with Kwame Brown and Jason Maxiell can lock down the paint on defense. Now of course we need to see them against a real threat down low first before this is proven, but I think we'll get to see what they're really made of against the Magic on the 3rd (next Tuesday).
I've been a Ben Gordon hater and have been upset with how Richard Hamilton has turned out since Chauncey Billups left, but for the most part I was impressed with how they played last night. Rip still had still isn't playing like he should be (still trying to dribble too much instead of just getting open for a shot and knocking them down), but he was good for the most part. I was very impressed with Gordon right off the bat with Gordon (that 4 point play was amazing) and he really looks like he could fit in nicely. He didn't ball hog like I expected him too, and if he continues to fit in and play team ball like he did last night, I'm glad we got him and will admit I was wrong for hating on him this off season.
Rodney Stuckey had some flashes of the great play we know he is capable of, but not enough of them to prove to me that he's going to "come out of his shell" already and be more aggressive. Bynum looked very good still (other than trying to shoot jumpers when he should be driving) and if Stuckey don't step it up this season I wouldn't be against starting Bynum. Prince was looking good on offense, but I want him to get back to playing lock down perimeter defense too; there is no way a guy like Rudy Gay should get that much made shots on him. Charlie V was really the only Piston who I was disappointed with (although he did start playing well toward the end), and I expected more from him. Like Logic said, we need more scoring from the front court and he's a guy I expected to step up and do that. However this game he didn't do that, but luckily it was only the Grizzlies and not an actual tough team we were playing. I guess you can chalk it up to him being a little banged up still and not getting much time in the preseason, so maybe once he plays a few games he'll start getting more into the offense and scoring more. I hope so because we do need his scroring; Rip and Gordon can't score all our points.
Overall, the team did well and looks like they could improve quite a bit after the disappointed last year. I still need to see more and against better teams before I say they will be a competitive playoff team, but right now they're off to a good start. There was a lot of doubt from the general public, Pistons fans themselves, and even myself. However, a lot of those doubts and pessimistic thoughts are gone for me (with some still remaining to be seen). I know this is just the Memphis "my college team is better than I am" Grizzlies, but it's still a positive sign to see the defense holding a team under 80 points and Rip and Gordon playing well together. We'll see soon enough if they can have success against a good team when they play the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, November 3rd! I'm ready to see some more...........
Posted on: August 16, 2008 10:20 pm
It's almost 100% certain now that Ben Gordon won't be on the Bulls next season, but it's not 100% certain that he will stay in the NBA either. He has spoke about doing a sign and trade with other teams as well as the possibility of going to Europe. With his Chad Johnson type ego, I doubt he goes to Europe because he wouldn't be in the spotlight enough there. Still, I think it would be a big benefit to him and his game if he did go to Europe. You might think I'm crazy because the competition is much worse there than it is here, but hear me out for you call me stupid. Once I'm done, than feel free to call me whatever you feel like.
For those that know about the international teams, you know that they focus more on the fundamentals and teamwork aspects of basketball. They want their players to know the basics and be able to play good team ball before they can do high light dunks and pull of sick dime passes. Now for everyone that knows Ben Gordon, they would know he is a great shooter.........when he is on fire. When he is cold however, he is frozen. He is the definition of a streaky shooter and not a very good team player in my opinion. These are the two biggest reason why the Bulls won't give him his money. He thinks he is the best player on the Bulls and thinks he should be paid more than anyone, but he doesn't have the consistency like Luol Deng does. Sure, if he was consistent he could be the Bulls best player, but he's just not that guy right now.
I think if he went to Europe that he would be out of the spotlight and might able to have less of an ego. When that happens, he will start listening to his coaches (if he can understand their language). Then he will start learning the fundamentals and start learning how to be a team player. He would work on his shot and become more consistent of a player. Who knows, maybe someone could teach him so defense over there too. He would be a much player if he could learn all of that stuff. Then he could come back to the US and join an NBA team again. He would now be a much better player and could even be an elite player if he really worked on it over there. Then he would finally get his money and become a high payed player.
So Ben, if you're reading this: GO TO EUROPE! Trust me, you'll come back a much better player and will get your money. I doubt you listen to me though because your ego is bigger than any contract you'll get so good luck joining a new NBA team and continuing to be one of the most inconsistent and overrated players in the NBA. Good for you, you can score 30+ one night and 3 the next. Way to go!
Posted on: March 24, 2008 10:58 am
Well we only have a couple more weeks to go, so I say it's time to start up awards talks again. Here are the awards and the players/coaches up for contention:
MVP- Kobe Bryant
DPOY- Marcus Camby
ROY- Kevin Durant
6th Man- Manu Ginobili
MIP- Hedo Turkoglu
COY- Byron Scott
Also, I'll throw in the All NBA Teams (first teams only):
All NBA First Team
PG Chris Paul
All Defensive First Team
PG Chris Paul
All Rookie First Team
PG Mike Conley
There's my predictions, so who do you got?
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