The Detroit Pistons are retiring the jersey of Dennis Rodman this Friday (April 1) when the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls. Wikipedia’s entry for Dennis Rodman notes that that Rodman was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team seven times and was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice. He led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships (1989 & 1990 with the Pistons and 96-98 with the Bulls). His biography at NBA.com states that he is “arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history.”
Rodman was recently named as a finalist for induction to the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, but likely due to the fact that he wasn’t a big scorer and (probably more to the point) lived one of the most troubled off-the-court lives ever are definitely standing in his way. The Bleacher Repors asks if he belongs in the Hall. They decide he does, noting that:
Since 1973, Dennis Rodman owns five of the top eight single-season rebounding averages. Five out of eight!
The other three on that short list came from Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone, all of whom are Hall of Famers.
A secondary reason that supports Rodman’s body of work has to do with the fact that he won five NBA Championships.
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