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Old 04-05-2007, 10:27 AM   #1
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Default Dennis Rodman future Basketball HAll of Famer?

Sorry, Charles, but Rodman is by far the best rebounding non-center in basketball history. He led the league in rebounding seven times (more than great rebounding forwards Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Jerry Lucas and Charles Barkley combined). But not only was he winning rebounding titles, he was blowing the competition to smithereens.

In 1992, he had 18.7 rebounds per game to runner-up Kevin Willis' 15.5.

In 1993, he had 18.3 to Shaquille O'Neal's 13.9.

In 1994, he bested O'Neal again, 17.3 to 13.2.

In 1995, he outdistanced Dikembe Mutombo 16.8 to 12.3.

In 1996, he beat David Robinson 14.9 to 12.2.

In 1997, he really left Mutombo in the dust, 16.1 to 11.6.

And, in 1998, it was 15 for Rodman and 13.6 for Jayson Williams.

Even Wilt Chamberlain wasn't hammering the competition by such fat margins. With a wiry 6-7, 228-pound frame, Rodman was out-boarding behemoths.

Rodman often dove into the stands to get offensive rebounds, just to give his team one more shot. He owns the playoff record for 11 offensive boards in a single game, which he collected twice as a Chicago Bull in the 1996 Finals against Seattle.

Michael Jordan, who averaged 27 points but hit just 41 percent of his shots in the series, won the Finals MVP; Rodman, who averaged 15 rebounds per game, was just as deserving of the honor.

Rodman won seven NBA All-Defensive first team awards and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991.

Rest assured, he is also the only player who said he wanted to play a complete game in the nude. He was spirited, never dull. How about his lining up on the free-throw lane with his arms folded?

How his antics will mesh with the Hall's "total contribution" criterion for selection is hard to tell. But it says here that a player who has piled up these distinctions ought not to be shut out for wearing a wedding dress or changing his hair color each day of the week.

Rodman has been retired for the necessary five years to be eligible. But the trustees of the Hall of Fame can determine that if a candidate has "damaged the integrity of the game of basketball" he may be "deemed unworthy of enshrinement and removed from consideration."

Stay tuned.





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Old 04-05-2007, 10:29 AM   #2
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Of course he is. It's a no brainer.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:33 AM   #3
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Well, if the was a Hall of Flamer he'd definately be a lock.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:46 AM   #4
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Definitely, I was actually considering putting him in for best team of all time, the guy could hit the boards like no one else...
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:49 AM   #5
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yes, but he's gonna be on the long long long waiting list.
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Old 04-05-2007, 11:52 AM   #6
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i don't think he should make it ahead of gilmore or dantley, but i think the 5 rings will weigh pretty heavy with the voters, so he may leapfrog both of them.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:00 PM   #7
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He didn't have a great all round game but one of the best roleplayers, and contributors to championship success of all time. Defense and rebounding are just as important as scoring...plus he threw one of the best end to end outlet passes I've every seen. I would have loved to see a prime Rodman on the Suns.
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If K.C. Jones is a Hall of Famer, so is Dennis Rodman.
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You really didn't go in depth about his defense. He really could guard just about everybody, and if I remember correctly, even manned up on Shaq a few times. He hustled like nobody else and gave 100%. I still laugh when I remember him swishing a 3 then airballing a FT.

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Having 5 rings puts him over the top. Without the rings I'd say no despite his numbers. But he was putting them up for championship-caliber teams year in and year out.
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Take away him from the championship teams he played on and ask yourself the following questions: Would they have still won? The answer would be NO
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Take away him from the championship teams he played on and ask yourself the following questions: Would they have still won? The answer would be NO


He is the best rebounder in modern times, the guy is a Super Human and probably one of the most colorful personality in the NBA History.
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Yes Hof Definitly
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CLASS OF 2008 Here comes the Worm Dennis " Menace" Rodman

7 time NBA Rebounding Champion
5 time NBA CHAMPION
2 time NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1990, 1991.
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best rebounder ive ever seen.

one of the best defenders ive ever seen.

5 rings.........put this (wo)man in the hall of fame.
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