Originally Posted by Derivative
Dennis Rodman was so overrated to have been called one of the "Big 3" of the 2nd three-peat bulls, this is what Rodman averaged in 1996, 1997, and 1998 playoffs:
7.5ppg, 13.7rpg, 2.1apg, 48.5%FG
4.2ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4apg, 37.0%FG
4.9ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.0apg, 37.1%FG
And here is what Pau Gasol averaged in the 2008, 2009, and 2010 playoffs:
16.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 4apg, 53%FG
18.3rpg, 10.8rpg, 2.5apg, 58%FG
19.6ppg, 11.1rpg, 3.5apg, 53.9%FG
The second three-peat Bulls has the WEAKEST frontcourt in the history of NBA out of all championship teams, and it's amazing how they could of threepeated against opponents such as Shaquille O'Neal, Shawn Kemp, Karl Malone
Rodman played some good D against Shaq.
But yeah, it's pretty shocking how teams that were more talented than the Bulls with a better frontline lose to them. Look at the whole 1996 playoffs. They had to go through Mourning, Ewing, and Shaq.
When people asked Magic and Bird about the Bulls that year, they said that their frontline is their weakness, but the Bulls went through dealt with the top centers and good frontlines every single round. It was amazing.
Even more amazing is that I don't know where they get their offense because they offense get really ugly at times since they couldn't make anything. They definitely took the principle of defense wins games. But they are very lucky to have Rodman. Rodman with the hustle plays and rebounds really helped them win games.