Dennis Rodman will be a focal point of tonight’s episode of ‘The Last Dance’. How did he perform against the Sacramento Kings during his career?
The much anticipated documentary ‘The Last Dance’ will air the third and fourth episodes of the ten part series on Sunday night, and it is believed that Dennis Rodman will be one of the focal points of this week’s showing. There will be plenty of intrigue in to the story of Rodman, and it got us thinking: how well did he perform against the Sacramento Kings during his career?
During the middle portion of his career when he led the league in rebounding seven years in a row, Rodman had some monster games against the Kings. As a member of the Pistons in 1991-’92, Rodman pulled down a combined 54 rebounds in the two meetings against the Kings. The next season, he grabbed a combined 46.
While he obviously did not continue on this trajectory against Sacramento throughout the entirety of his career, he was still a rebounding machine any time he played against the Kings. Rodman eclipsed 20 rebounds regularly while playing against the Sacramento.
Rodman’s averages against the Kings are higher than his overall career averages. In 28 games against Sacramento, Rodman averaged 7.3 points and 14.9 rebounds. His career averages are 7.3 and 13.1.
As far as how Rodman performed against other teams, the Kings are about in the middle of the pack. He averaged a whopping 16.8 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons in his career, compared to his lowest mark, 10.6 against Chicago. (Of teams he never played for, he averaged 16 boards against Golden State, and 11 against Atlanta and New Jersey)
In his final game against Sacramento as a member of the Mavericks in 2000, Rodman pulled down eight rebounds and made his only two free throw attempts to give him a pair of points on the night.
Dennis Rodman was a rebounding machine, a different kind of player who we had never seen before and certainly have not seen since. There are players that get compared to him like Draymond Green, but there were so many unique traits to Rodman’s game that there is no one who will likely ever duplicate it.
Episodes 3 and 4 of ‘The Last Dance’ will air Sunday night at 9pm ET.