Skip to main content

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


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!"

Metta Sandiford-Artest, ">The Volume

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

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.

Brandon Jennings

Brandon Jennings goes off on the state of the NBA - “It’s only a couple of guys in the NBA that love the game”

Jennings' opinions are certainly divisive, but it's clear that without change the NBA would get stale, and that's why it's necessary to continue exploring ways to evolve the game

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan’s secret tattoo and the meaning behind it revealed

It's barely visible and not something MJ liked to talk about.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

Zach Snyder on directing Michael Jordan in "Playground" — “He’s a natural.”

One went on to make Space Jam, the other 300, Justice League, Army of the Dead, Man of Steel, Watchmen, and Dawn of the Dead. Two great movie careers, starting in 1990.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James and team president Pat Riley

The moment Pat Riley should've known LeBron James would one day leave Miami

Upon his arrival to Miami, LeBron made a request that should've let Riley know a new era was coming.

Dennis Rodman

How Dennis Rodman's gay bar double-date led to the Chicago Bulls winning the 1996 NBA Championship

Remember Jack Haley? It turns out he was crucial for the Bulls winning in 1996 because he was “the only person who speaks fluent Rodman,” and knew how to convince Dennis not to quit the team before Game 6 of the Finals.

Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer and guard Isiah Thomas

“I don't need to take that s**t!” — when Isiah Thomas broke his hand after punching Bill Laimbeer

Isiah Thomas punched Bill Laimbeer so hard he broke his hand during one of Detroit Pistons' practices.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan

“I don’t know if I could’ve survived in this Twitter (era)” — Michael Jordan on social media and cancel culture

There's no hand-checking and hard fouls in 2022. But there's Twitter, political correctness and almost no privacy whatsoever.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Remember when KCP played with an ankle monitor?

In terms of serving time, continuing to play games while in prison is not that bad.