Dennis Rodman, the greatest rebounder in NBA history and one of the league's best defenders for a decade, will enter the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall, which recognizes players, coaches and executives for their contributions to collegiate, professional and international basketball, announced its 2011 class on Monday at the Final Four in Houston. Rodman, who spent 14 seasons in the NBA (most with the Detroit Pistons), led the class.
Rodman won five NBA championships, two with the Pistons and three with the Chicago Bulls after Michael Jordan's first retirement and comeback. Rodman was an incredible rebounder -- the best ever -- and a post defender of great repute. Rodman won seven rebounding titles -- notable during the era of Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson -- and currently has the No. 1 total rebounding percentage of all-time.
Since his retirement in 2000 following tough stints with the Lakers and Mavericks, Rodman has become more well-known for his bizarre personality and antics. To be fair, he was well-known for those aspects of his character during his Bulls' career, too; absent basketball, Rodman The Wild Child took over full bore.