Throwback to 1992, when Detroit's Dennis Rodman won his first NBA rebounding title with 1,530 rebounds for an 18.7 rpg average.
You know the name. It's him. That crazy guy with the wild hair that dressed up like a girl.
Those were the highest rebounding marks in the league since the Lakers' Wilt Chamberlain pulled down 1,572 boards for a 19.2 rpg average during the 1971-72 season. Rodman's total of 1,530 rebounds represented 42.1 percent of the Pistons' total of 3,63 1 boards, which is the top individual percentage in NBA history.
The Worm won seven-straight rebounding titles from 1991 to 1997. He's the only player to average 16 rebounds per game since 1979, and he did it five times. He was a better rebounder than Shaq or Dwight Howard in their primes.
During his seven-year reign as the rebound king, he would in his worst year average 14.9 rebounds per game. His best year during that span would gross him -an unheard of in the modern era of basketball- 18.7 rebounds per game.
The '90s were known as "The Era Of The Big Men". He didn't win these titles against nobodies. He beat out Hall of Fame players like Karl Malone, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, and Charles Barkley.
What's even more amazing is that Rodman put up those historic rebounding numbers despite being just 6'7". How crazy is this?
To put that into perspective, 6'10” Andre Drummond recently won the NBA 17-18 Rebounding Title with an average of 16.0 rebounds per game.
He has been marginalized as a basketball player because of his off-the-court behavior. This is a reminder of just how good he was.