My initial reaction when I heard Dennis Rodman had been inducted into the basketball hall of fame was that his 5 championship rings gave him a lot of credibility. He was an integral part of the Bad Boys in the late 80's and the 2nd Chicago Bulls three peat in the mid 90's. His defensive and rebounding prowess made him a unique talent, however I still questioned whether he was worthy of the hall of fame or not. If you look at the numbers it's not even close.
For an entire career Dennis Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 13 rebounds per game. He never averaged more than 3 assists and didn't block any shots. If you don't factor in the intangibles there's no way to make a compelling argument. Dennis Rodman had the ability to guard 4 different positions on the court and his tenacious defense, intensity, and energy helped his teams win at a high level. David Robinson and Michael Jordan both won league MVP awards while Dennis was a team mate and his ability to shut down the opposing team's best player shouldn't go unnoticed. Does that make him a hall of famer though?
I've always been able to look past Dennis Rodman's colorful personality and assess him solely on his basketball skills. Never mind the tattoos, piercings, hair color, wedding dresses, and kisses with RuPaul. He was a hell of a basketball player that won defensive player of the year 2 twice, first team all defense 7 times and the rebounding title 7 times. He routinely shut down the leagues most prolific scorers and frustrated big men to no end. I will look back on the career of Dennis Rodman with fond memories and acknowledgement of his impact on the game. When I look at his entire body of work however (as hard as I try) I don't see a hall of fame basketball player. Your thoughts.