Rasheed Wallace BIO - Rasheed Wallace is a former professional basketball player who played on several different National Basketball Association (NBA) teams. He retired in 2010 after 15 years in the NBA and again in 2013 after a brief comeback. Rasheed is one of the greatest basketball players of all times and is known for playing the positions of forward and center. He also made his mark on basketball by being the NBA player with the most technical fouls. He had a total of 304 of these fouls with 41 technical fouls during 80 games. This great basketball player scored 15,860 points over his career and had 7,321 rebounds and 1,445 blocks. He definitely made his mark on the court.
He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who was born on September 17, 1974. Rasheed’s basketball career began when he was in high school. He played for his high school team at Gratz High School, and in 1992-93 he was named as the High School Player of the Year by USA Today. Even back then, many basketball fans recognized his talent and knew that he would go far in his career. Rasheed scored an average of 16 points per game in high school and had an average of 7 blocks during each game. This is truly amazing since he was often benched while other players were on the court. Rasheed showed his all-around sports talent by running track and high jumping at his high school in addition to playing basketball.
Rasheed began his basketball career by playing college basketball for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill before he began his NBA career. His fans increased as he began playing for the University of North Carolina in 1993, and he played for this college team until 1995. During Rasheed’s sophomore year at the University of North Carolina, he was named a second-team All-American. He and another future NBA player, Jerry Stackhouse, led the North Carolina team to the NCAA Final Four in 1995. That same year, he left the university to enter the 1995 NBA Draft when his second year was finished. It was then that he was picked by the NBA team, the Washington Bullets.
In the professional realm, he began making important contributions to the team. After his first season with the team, Wallace was named All-Rookie, which was a great honor for him. He played in 51 games as a starter for an injured player that year, and he was picked to be on the All-Star Weekend team. During his rookie season, he scored 655 points, which is an amazing record. Although he did well for the Washington Bullets, the team that is now called the Washington Wizards traded him to the Portland Trail Blazers after one season. In Portland, he became an important member of the team, averaging 19.4 points per game in 2002. He also an important member of the Portland team went that all the way to the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000. Rasheed was named an NBA All-Star in 2000 and 2001.
Rasheed had a long-term contract with the Portland Trail Blazers and experienced some difficulties during those years. During a game against Orlando, he fractured his thumb and was not able to play again until the following season. Also, Wallace continued to get many technical fouls during this time, even breaking his own record for the maximum for the number of technical fouls called on him. He was also suspended by the NBA for seven games after threatening a referee after a home game in 2003. On the positive side, Rasheed set up the Rasheed Wallace Foundation and began to get more involved in the community.
Rasheed was then traded to the Atlanta Hawks, but he only played one game and was then traded to the Detroit Pistons. Again, he was a vital member of this team that won the NBA championship in 2004. He was again named an All-Star in 2006 and 2008. The next year, Rasheed was a free agent and signed with the Boston Celtics.