Remembering Dennis Rodman with the Dallas Mavericks

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Dennis Rodman (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Prior to playing for Mavs

Dennis Rodman took a unique path to the NBA. He is from Dallas but did not play organized basketball in high school. Rodman landed at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He had a successful career there, and the Pistons took him in the second round of the 1986 draft. Rodman was 25 during his rookie season.

The Worm worked his way from a rotation player to the starter to an All-Star with Pistons. He won two championships in Detroit and led the league in rebounding twice over his first seven NBA seasons. Rodman had incredible energy and was always working on the glass. He became a fan favorite in Detroit. Rodman also won two Defensive Player of the Year awards in 1990 and 1991.

The Pistons traded Rodman to San Antonio in 1993. He led the NBA in rebounding both years he played for the Spurs.

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Rodman was traded to the Bulls in 1995. There he teamed up with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to win three consecutive championships. The Worm led the league in rebounding all three seasons he spent in Chicago. He was released by the Bulls after the 1998 season.

Rodman played 23 games for the Lakers the following year. He was 37 years old at the time. The Lakers waived him in April of 1999.

He did not latch on with a team at the start of the 1999-2000 season. It was not until Feb. when the Dallas Mavericks gave him a chance.

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