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Metta Sandiford-Artest calls Dennis Rodman the best wing defender ever

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When talking about some of the best defenders in NBA history, you have to mention the name of Metta Sandiford-Artest. Formerly known as Ron Artest and Metta World Peace, the small forward was not only famous for his name changes. During his eventful 20-year career, Metta had plenty of great and bad moments, but one thing you could never take away from him was that he was an elite defender.

Best perimeter defender ever?

Artest had the opportunity to play against MJ, Kobe, and LeBron trough his career, as even the greats respect Metta's ability on the defensive side of the floor. Despite getting a bad reputation for often getting into altercations with opponents, especially after the "Malice at the Palace," Artest still became a valuable place in the league and a champion.

Many, including Metta, would consider him one of the best, if not the best, perimeter defender in NBA history. But in a recent interview with one of the best defenders of today's game Draymond Green, Artest shared how only one guy was the better perimeter defender:

"So when I was during my prime, I definitely thought I was the best. I won a Defensive Player of the Year, and I probably would've won more if I wasn't suspended. But as I looked back at it and I was doing my research, especially after you came up with your comments. I actually looked at a lot of different wing defenders. And I think Dennis Rodman is probably the best wing defender that we've seen. You've gotta go watch his tape, and I was looking at it. And I'm only familiar with him from the power forward position, but the way he guarded Jordan and Pippen, I was just like 'Oh wow! This guy might be a better wing defender than me!' I never thought there were better wing defenders than me, you know!"

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When most people think of Dennis Rodman, they associate him with the Chicago Bulls, playing the power forward position next to MJ & Pippen. Metta is also one of those, as Rodman won three rings, playing the role of a glue guy, snatching all the boards, and defending the paint in a Bulls uniform.

But coming up in league with the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boys," Rodman was one of the most versatile defenders in the NBA. Playing from the small forward position, Rodman could guard players from 1-5. At 6'7'' with quick feet and long arms, Dennis wasn't the guy you wanted to see on the other side of the court.

After all, he won 2x DPOY-s and received 7 All-Defensive selections. You can remember Rodman guarding Jordan and Pippen when the Pistons handled the Bulls year in and year out for consecutive years. Rodman was the X-factor, as that was all the evidence Metta needed to put Rodman on a pedestal amongst the best perimeter defenders in NBA history.

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