The Worm: Good Times, Bad Times, You Know Hes Had His Share
Old 11-14-2009, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Worm: Good Times, Bad Times, You Know Hes Had His Share

I really, really loved Rodman. What a player!

Dennis Rodman has resurfaced again, this time playing in some sort of European streetball tour with other retired NBA players who need whatever money they can get, including Dee Brown, Tim Hardaway, and Oliver Miller. Rodman is looking … tired; is that a nice way of saying older? Either way, it got me thinking about how dominant of a rebounder he was back in the 90’s.

As a wispy 6-7, 210 pound power forward, this slippery son of a gun led the league in rebounding 7 straight years from 1991-92 through 1997-98. No one else has ever lead the league more than 5 consecutive seasons, and Rodman’s feat is even more impressive when you realize how dominant he was in this category during his stretch.

His averages ran as follows: 18.7, 18.3, 17.3, 16.8, 14.9, 16.1, 15.0. Last year’s league leader, Dwight Howard, is a powerful force of nature, with muscles bulging out of everywhere, who can dunk on a 12-foot rim. His 13.8 couldn’t touch any number from Rodman’s run. In fact, it barely tops Rodman’s career average of 13.1, which includes 4 complete seasons playing less than 30 minutes per game.

The Worm was routinely crushing the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson and Dikembe Mutombo in their primes. And he was giving up 5 or more inches and 40-100 pounds to each of these Hall-of-Fame centers. These 5 household names combined to top 13 rpg only 5 times during Rodman’s 7-year reign, and their collective best was Shaq’s 13.9 as a rookie in 1992-93. Rodman was that singularly good at the mental skills that go into rebounding: perfect positioning, Mensa-level ball tipping and carom reading, and a fiery passion to risk his body in order to grab every ricocheted shot.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)

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Old 11-14-2009, 03:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ya Dennis got after it. Even though I hated Zeke I love those Bad Boys. Bill and the Worm down low ..... don't even bother going down there son.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Acie View Post
I really, really loved Rodman. What a player!

Considering the level of competition Rodman faced and his size I don't think its a stretch to suggest that he was the best rebounder of all-time. He had it down to a science. He used to watch game film of opposing teams to find out where each player typically missed so that when that player shot he was in the most probably area that the rebound was going to pop out. Now that's a very specific level of detail. Bill Russell and Wilt were amazing players but they were men amongst children back then. If they faced the competition Rodman face then no way they post those numbers.

I get the Led Zep reference by the way.

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Old 11-14-2009, 04:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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How sick would it be if the raps had a player like that. I think Evans can sort of be like that but no where near Rodman. It would be amazing
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