|Full name||Dennis Keith Rodman|
|Born||May 13, 1961 |
Trenton, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lbs (100 kg)|
|Jersey no.||10, 91, 73, 70|
|High school|| South Oak Cliff |
|College|| North Central Texas (1983) |
Southeastern Oklahoma State (1983–1986)
|NBA Draft||1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 27th|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Playing career||1986–2006 (20 years)|
|1993–1995||San Antonio Spurs|
|1999||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2003–2004||Long Beach Jam|
|2004–2005||Orange County Crush|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted in 2011)|
Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is a retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player who played at both forward positions. He played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.
He was nicknamed "the Worm" and is famous for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities.
In 1986, Rodman was drafted 27th overall by the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons were known as the "Bad Boys" at the time. But his rookie year wasn't his best, averaging 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. It was other teammates such as Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars that helped his team be a title contender. The 1987-88 season was his first and only season averaging double figures in points with 11.6 points per game. The Pistons won titles in 1989 and 1990.
San Antonio Spurs
On October 1st 1993, the Detroit Pistons traded Rodman to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Sean Elliott. This means that Rodman would form the Wall of Steel with David Robinson. But he struggled with scoring, averaging only 4.1 points in 1993-94. But his rebounding game was great, with an average of 17.3 rebounds per game. The Spurs were unable to win titles with Rodman, though.
On October 3, 1995, the San Antonio Spurs traded Rodman to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Will Perdue. This means that Rodman would get to play alongside Michael Jordan. The Bulls made history by going 72-10 in the regular season in 1996. They also won three consecutive titles from 1996-1998. The big three, Rodman, Jordan, and Pippen all had career years together.
Los Angeles Lakers
On February 24, 1999, Rodman signed a 1 year contract with the mighty Los Angeles Lakers. But on one of his last year's in the NBA, he averaged only 2.1 points per game and 11.2 rebounds per game. With the Lakers, he only played in 23 games and was released.
Rodman was signed by the Dallas Mavericks on February 3, 2000. But not only was he on his last legs, but he struggled with injury problems, only playing in 12 games and was ejected from 2 of them. Steve Nash said that Rodman didn't want to be a Maverick. Rodman retired from basketball after a disappointing year with the Mavericks.
After his NBA career, Rodman took a long break from basketball and concentrated on his film career and on wrestling.
After a longer hiatus, Rodman returned to play basketball for the Long Beach Jam of the newly formed American Basketball Association during the 2003–04 season, with hopes of being called up to the NBA midseason. While he did not get that wish that season, he did help the Jam win the ABA championship in their inaugural season. He also played in Mexico, with Fuerza Regia in 2004. In the following 2004–05 season, he signed with the ABA's Orange County Crush and the following season with the league's Tijuana Dragons. In November 2005, he played one match for Torpan Pojat of the Finland's basketball league, Korisliiga.
The return to the NBA never materialized, but on January 26, 2006, it was announced that Rodman had signed a one-game "experiment" deal for the UK basketball team Brighton Bears of the British Basketball League to play Guildford Heat on January 28 and went on to play three games for the Bears. In spring 2006, he played two exhibition games in the Philippines along with NBA ex-stars Darryl Dawkins, Kevin Willis, Calvin Murphy, Otis Birdsong and Alex English. On April 27, they defeated a team of former Philippine Basketball Association stars in Mandaue City, Cebu and Rodman scored five points and grabbed 18 rebounds. On May 1, 2006, Rodman's team played their second game and lost to the Philippine national basketball team 110–102 at the Araneta Coliseum, where he scored three points and recorded 16 rebounds.
On April 4, 2011, it was announced that Rodman would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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