The trade for Hill was considered one-sided, but in the 2000–01 season, Wallace had his most productive season yet, averaging 6. 4 points a game while placing second in rebounds with 13. 2 a game and tenth in blocks per game with 2. 3, but the Pistons could not make the playoffs. The 2001–02 season would be even better for Wallace, as he averaged his most points per game for a season yet at 7. 6 points, while leading the league in rebounding with 13 a game and shot blocking with 3. 5. His strong defensive play earned him the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, while also being named to the All-Defensive First Team and the All-NBA Third Team. The Pistons won 50 games and the Central Division, and would defeat the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Paul Pierce-led Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals. Wallace opened the playoffs with a 19-point, 20 rebound effort against Toronto, and he managed to grab 20 or more rebounds two more times in 10 total playoff games, his first experience in the post season.