Ben Wallace won again for the Pistons.
The impending Basketball Hall of Fame, representing the Pistons in the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery, became an instant meme item when it was announced that Detroit had won the Draft’s overall first-choice right and , presumably, Oklahoma State Hopeful Cade Cunningham:
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General Manager Troy Weaver said this when asked why Wallace was chosen to represent Detroit in the lottery:
“He embodies everything we want to represent in this organization,” Weaver said of Wallace (via the Detroit Free Press). “It is a symbol that our players must look to. It represents the city in a first class way.”
Of course, Detroit had an equal chance (14%) of getting the top pick with the Magic and Rockets as one of the bottom three teams in the league. Oddly enough, most of Twitter joked that the four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and six-time defensive player was the reason the Pistons got the No.1 pick. is quite docile and actually quite funny.
The full lottery results are as follows:
And now the reactions on Twitter:
We have to remove Ben Wallace’s number again.
– Tony Dombrowski (@tonydombrowski) June 23, 2021
Ben Wallace will make sure that happens.
– Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) June 23, 2021
As always, Ben Wallace was the right answer for the Pistons.
– Dave Hogg (@stareagle) June 23, 2021
Ben Wallace is so UNDERRATED.
2x rebound leader
2021 Draft Lottery Winner
– Henry (@BucketsByTatum) June 23, 2021
Ben wallace goatee
– Colton Pouncy (@colton_pouncy) June 23, 2021
Happy for Ben Wallace and the Detroit Pistons, they needed that choice
– Troydan (@Troydan) June 23, 2021
Because I just activated the NBA Lottery and they showed Ben Wallace …… Hope you know how threatening this dude was in defense in the early 2000s pic.twitter.com/Znt8GaRlXs
– The Sabermetric Skeptic (@SABRSkeptic) June 23, 2021
Ben Wallace was smiling all the time, bruh knew he was getting Cade at number 1.
– Pray for Haiti by Ahmed🇸🇴 / Mach Hommy AOTY (@big_business_) June 23, 2021
Ben Wallace goes to Hall of Fame tonight
– Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) June 23, 2021