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, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning
LIke others have mentioned, what he brought can't be measured with stats.
Having said thatů.
While his opposition played well against him, he used to take them out of their game from time to time (not always). He made them work hard. But he wasn't a defensive stopper.
It will sound very harsh for some reading, but one can even argue that he was a glorified role player (see Haslem). His size didn't aid in his defensive impact, but his toughness did intimidate some players from driving to the lane. But it still isn't as a 7 footer that's standing there even if they don't necessarily block shots.
Some have alluded to this, and I usually say that it is MJ's greatest yet most overlooked achievementů.
He won 6 rings without a dominant big man. That's a huge deal which should get praised more.