On the court, Rodman served as one of the most dominant defensive figures in modern NBA history. Rodman is also perhaps the greatest example of an athlete embracing their individuality. Even as he nears age 60, Rodman is still wearing piercings and bright clothing because he feels like it.
Rodman is among the most iconic characters ever to take the hardwood. Is the eccentric Rodman in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame?
Dennis Rodman won five championships in his NBA career
Perhaps the most staggering statistic on Dennis Rodman’s resume, at least to younger fans, might be that he only averaged double-digit points once in his career.
But if you watched Rodman play, you knew his value came on defense. Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds in 911 career games and 573 starts across 14 NBA seasons. From the fall of 1991 through the end of the 1997-98 season, Rodman averaged an eye-popping 16.7 rebounds per night.
Rodman always stepped up his game in the playoffs, contributing 9.9 rebounds a night in 169 playoff games. He won two NBA championships with Isiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons in the late 1980s.
Rodman won the NBA Finals in each of his three with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
Rodman is perhaps best known for his eccentric behavior
Dennis Rodman’s legacy comes down to three things: rebounding, rings, and individualism.
Whether it was wearing a dress or wanting to wear No. 69, Rodman did whatever came to mind. Rodman wasn’t the first athlete with piercings or tattoos, but he certainly attracted all eyes with how he embraced turning his body into a canvas.
Rodman spent time with the LGBTQ community, partied with people of all different backgrounds, and still made it to the arena in time for games. Without Rodman’s defensive presence, it is entirely possible that the Chicago Bulls would not have won three straight championships in the mid-1990s.
Rodman has continued living life how he feels in retirement. The five-time champion formed a bond with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean dictator, and he’s always remained a charming character worthy of stories and coverage.
Is Dennis Rodman in the Hall of Fame?
Dennis Rodman played with many Hall of Famers in his career, from Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas to the iconic duo of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
Rodman joined his ex-teammates in the Hall of Fame during the summer of 2011. Rodman, along with ex-Warriors star Chris Mullin, ABA/NBA legend Artis Gilmore, and longtime Boston Celtics star Tom “Satch” Sanders represented the notable NBA figures among the 10 electees.
Robert Parish, who played on the 1996-97 Bulls, is also in The Hall. One should eventually expect Steve Kerr, the sharp-shooting guard who has won three titles as the Golden State Warriors’ head coach, to earn induction one day.