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Dennis Rodman

  • Height: 6'8"
  • Weight: 228lbs
  • Date of birth: May 13, 1961
  • Birthplace: Trenton, NJ
  • High School: South Oak Cliff, Dallas, TX (played basketball only briefly)
  • College: Southeastern Oklahoma State
  • Position: Power forward
Known as “the Worm," Dennis Rodman was one of the NBA's greatest power forwards, as well as a sideshow in Nikes, amusing and alienating fans and the media with outrageous proclamations and tabloid-generating antics (such as dying his hair blonde and getting married in a bridal gown to actor Carmen Electra).

Despite being at a height disadvantage to centers and other forwards, he was one of the league's all-time greatest rebounders and most tenacious defenders, and played on five championship clubs. Rodman's basketball career had an inauspicious prelude: He quit his high school team halfway through his first season due to frustration at being stuck on the bench.

However, at Southeastern Oklahoma State, Rodman was a three-time NAIA All-American. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft, and although his rookie season was uneventful, by his second year, Rodman made his presence felt. Two years later, Rodman was defensive player of the year while leading the Pistons to their first NBA championship. After he helped the Pistons win another title the subsequent year, Detroit traded him to the San Antonio Spurs for Sean Elliot. Two years later, turned off by Rodman's erratic behavior, the Spurs traded him to the Chicago Bulls where, alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, he became part of one of the NBA's greatest dynasties. In 1996-97, his first year with the team, the Bulls compiled a regular season NBA record of 72-10 before cruising to a championship. Two more consecutive titles followed, but the Bulls released Rodman after the 1998 season.

For the next two years, he became an NBA nomad, and left the league for good in 2000, ending his basketball career in Finland. He went on to become a kind of self-parody, engaging in pro wrestling, B movies and sensationalistic, albeit marginal, pop culture endeavors.

Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
  • Five-time NBA champion (Detroit, 1989-1990; Chicago, 1996-98)
  • NBA All-Star Team (1990, 1992)
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award (1990, 1991)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1989-93, 1995, 1996)
  • Led NBA in Rebounds Per Game (1992-98)
  • Led NBA in Rebound Rate for a record seven straight years (1991-98)
  • Holds all-time NBA Top Rebound Rate: 23.4
  • Led NBA in rebounds (1992-94, 1998)
  • Led NBA in offensive rebounds (1991-94, 1996, 1997)
  • Led NBA in defensive rebounds (1992, 1994, 1998)
  • Led NBA in field goal percentage (1989)

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