The National Basketball Association released their list of nominees for the Hall of Fame class of 2011 on Tuesday with Dennis Rodman being among the candidates. Other prominent players listed include: Reggie Miller, Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson, and Mark Jackson.
While at least one of these names (Miller) is a shoo-in, it’s not so clear with the remainder of the players listed. Rodman, however is the most highly-rated player on the list according to basketball-reference because of his standout defensive play during his 14 year career.
Looking at his numbers, we see that Rodman led the NBA in rebounding for seven seasons, while also making the NBA All-Defensive first team seven times as well. He never scored much or shot particularly well late in his career, but you cannot dispute his play on the other side of the floor.
But is the value of such a one-sided defensive player evident enough to secure Rodman’s status as one of the greatest players of all-time? There are some factors for him and against him that will influence the committee’s decision: