Rasheed Abdul Wallace (born September 17, 1974 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association. He currently plays power forward for the Detroit Pistons.
Originally selected out of the University of North Carolina by the Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) in the 1995 NBA Draft, Wallace was named to the All-Rookie second team following his first season. Following the same season he and Harvey Grant were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Rod Strickland and Kevin Duckworth. He had a career high 42 points against the Denver Nuggets in 2001 and was a key member of the Blazers team that made it to the Western Conference Finals that same year. Wallace had a career best 19.4 points per game in 2002 for the Blazers.
In 2004 Rasheed Wallace helped power the Detroit Pistons to the NBA title and obtained his first championship ring, or “ship” as Rasheed would say. In Detroit, Wallace has become known for selfless team play and integrated with Ben Wallace to form the core of the Pistons’ smothering defensive game. At 6’11” and 230 pounds (104 kg), Wallace plays power forward or center defending on the opposition and is capable of making almost any play offensively, from a slam dunk to a long 3-point jump shot. He is an adequate free throw shooter, an excellent passing big man, and a good rebounder at both ends of the court.Permalink