Pistons to retire Dennis Rodman's jersey
By Sports Network
|Former player Dennis Rodman arrives for the 2010 Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies in Springfield, Massachusetts August 13, 2010. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder)
The Detroit Pistons announced Friday that the club will retire Dennis Rodman's No. 10 jersey during a halftime ceremony on April 1, 2011 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Selected 27th overall by the Pistons in the 1986 NBA Draft, Rodman played the first seven seasons of his career in Detroit. He was a key member of the Pistons 'Bad Boys' teams that led the franchise to back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990.
Rodman was an elite defender and rebounder, as he led Detroit in rebounding four consecutive seasons (1989-1993) and was the league's top rebounder from 1991-93 when he averaged 18.7 and 18.3 rebounds per game, respectively. He was named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991.
In 549 games as a Piston, Rodman averaged 8.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 54 percent from the field. He was also a two-time All- Star while playing for Detroit (1990, 1992).
The 6-7, 210-pound forward, nicknamed "The Worm" during his playing days, still holds team records for most rebounds in a game (34), most offensive rebounds in a game (18), most defensive rebounds in a game (22) and most games with 25-plus rebounds (15).
"I'm pleased that we are honoring Dennis for his accomplishments as a player and his contributions to the success of the organization," said Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations for the Pistons. "His jersey retirement is well deserved."
Rodman spent the rest of his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.
He is known for helping the Bulls win three consecutive championships from 1996-1998.
In 911 career games, Rodman averaged 7.3 points, 13.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists.