ImNotMcDiSwear wrote:Mr Puddles wrote:Saberestar wrote:Rodman was an special player, I was a fan.
But he did not play too many years because he was a rookie when he was 25 years old. He started playing really late, that is why he could play well until he was 36/37.
That season that you mentioned with him rebounding over 14 per game was a diaaster and he was cut or sanctioned by the Mavs. He did not play too many games. His career was over at that point.
Ayton can have a longer and even better career. I like that he looks pretty durable and he did not add too many weight in his first couple of seasons in the league.
I posted this Stat on the general forum some time ago, but I still believe it's one of the most craziest achievements I've ever seen:
Dennis Rodman had the most total rebounds in the 1992-1993 season despite missing 25% of the season (he only played 60 games). Of the number 2,3 & 4 in total rebounds (Shaq, Dikembe, Hakeem), Shaq played 81 games, whereas Dikembe and Hakeem played the full 82 games.
And oh yeah, Rodman was 31 years old at the time and came off the bench 5 games that season as well.
Rodman absolutely owned the boards in an era of some of the most dominating big men of all time.
Rodman studied rebounding the way every other player studies shooting mechanics, ball handling, playmaking, defense. He learned how players - especially his teammates - tended to miss shots, so he can move to where the ball would bounce while it was still on its way to the basket. He also had next-level energy: as Phil Jackson said, he was the best athlete he ever coached, because he played as hard in the last minute of the game as he did in the first.
The man hunted rebounds the way Iverson hunted buckets. Would love to see another player in this league with that kind of unreasonable passion for the glass.
I would say that Reggie Evans was a bit like that.
He was an amazing rebounder, but did not have the success that Rodman had during his career.
It is gonna be interesting to see how many rebounds per game will average Ayton in his prime. Seriously, he probably will get over 15 at some point, he is that good at rebounding.