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Dennis Rodman
Rodman in 2001
Personal information
Born May 13, 1961 (1961-05-13) (age 60)
Trenton, New Jersey
Nationality American
High school South Oak Cliff (Dallas, Texas)
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
College
  • North Central Texas (1983)
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State (1983–1986)
NBA Draft 1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1986–2006
Career history
1986–1993 Detroit Pistons
1993–1995 San Antonio Spurs
1995–1998 Chicago Bulls
1999 Los Angeles Lakers
2000 Dallas Mavericks
2003–2004 Long Beach Jam
2004 Fuerza Regia
2004–2005 Orange County Crush
2005 Torpan Pojat
2005–2006 Tijuana Dragons
2006 Brighton Bears
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA champion (1989, 1990, 1996–1998)
  • 2× NBA All-Star (1990, 1992)
  • 2× All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995)
  • 2× NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1991)
  • 7× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1989–1993, 1995, 1996)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1994)
  • 7× NBA rebounding champion (1992–1998)
  • No. 10 retired by Detroit Pistons
  • ABA champion (2004)
  • 3× NAIA All-American (1984–1986)
Career NBA statistics
Points 6,683 (7.3 ppg)
Rebounds 11,954 (13.1 rpg)
Assists 1,600 (1.8 apg)

Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) played basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1986 to 2000. He won two championships with the Detroit Pistons and three more with the Chicago Bulls. Even though he was only 6'7" tall, many people think he was the best rebounder in NBA history. He led the NBA in rebounding for a record seven straight seasons. Only Wilt Chamberlain led the NBA in rebounding for more total seasons in a career. Rodman has the highest rebound rate since the statistic began in 1970-71. Although Rodman began his career as a bench player, he holds the highest rebounds per game average since offensive and defensive rebounds began in 1973-74. When he became a full-time starter, Rodman often got more rebounds than the other team's starting players got combined. He could predict where missed shots would go and knew how to tip the ball to himself for a rebound. Rodman watched film of player's shots to become a better rebounder. Rodman is also known as one of the greatest defensive players of all time, and not just for his defensive rebounds, but his hustle defense. During his time with the Detroit Pistons, Rodman was considered by many to be the best defensive basketball player in the world (Hakeem Olajuwon was the other main contender for the title), as highlighted by his back-to-back NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards in 1990 and 1991.

Rodman was famous for dyeing his hair different colors and having many tattoos and body piercings, which he began to have after being traded by the Detroit Pistons. He has been in a few movies and television programs.

His nicknames are Worm (later called The Worm), Dennis the Menace, D-Rod, Rodzilla (which he named himself towards the end of the Bulls championship dynasty), Demolition Man, and El Loco (given to him by Spanish-language announcers, which translates as "The Madman").

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