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Dennis Rodman’s Career-High Rebounds Against Every NBA Team

Dennis Rodman’s Career-High Rebounds Against Every NBA Team

One of the greatest rebounders ever was Dennis Rodman. He was the ultimate role player. Some players let their egos get the best of them. They want to score in big bunches despite knowing that is not their skill set. Rodman played with some legit scorers in Isiah Thomas, David Robinson, and Michael Jordan. Each of them needed a true role player, which is right where Rodman came into play.

Rodman finished his career as a champion because of the skillset he brought to a team. That is why he is a Hall of Famer. For the younger generation, they could use a tutorial on a player like Rodman, who brought physicality, toughness, and, most importantly, rebounding to every team he played for. For some, scoring is an art. For Rodman, that was the true artistic value he brought to a team.

This is Rodman’s career-high in rebounding against every team.

Atlanta Hawks - 29 Rebounds

Date: January 27, 1997

Stats: 6 Points, 29 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

Rodman was matched up with a great rebounder of the 90s in Dikembe Mutombo but managed to secure 18 more than him. Rodman had 20 defensive rebounds while adding five assists to lead all players for the Bulls. Chicago used 47 points from Michael Jordan to help the Bulls come out with the win. With that said, Rodman was a monster in the paint against a legit rebounding specialist.

Boston Celtics - 25 Rebounds

Date: March 20, 1992

Stats: 10 Points, 25 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Celtics won the overtime battle 104-99 despite a double-double from Rodman. Thomas scored 27 points to lead a starting lineup that all scored in double figures. Rodman had nine offensive and 15 defensive rebounds, while he made 5 of 7 shots from the field.

Cleveland Cavaliers - 26 Rebounds

Date: February 6, 1992

Stats: 8 Points, 26 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

The Pistons cruised to an easy win over the Cavaliers. The team was led by Thomas with 38 points and Dumars with 27. Rodman added 26 rebounds, where he grabbed 18 defensive boards. He grabbed 26 of the team’s 48 rebounds and doubled leading rebounder Brad Daughterty’s total of 11 with Cleveland. 

Brooklyn Nets - 25 Rebounds

Date: February 20, 1992

Stats: 8 Points, 25 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

The Pistons came up short of winning the name, but Rodman did his part. The Pistons were without Isiah Thomas, so they were limited offensively. Rodman was forced to shoot more than regular, where he was 4 of 12 from the field, including 0 of 4 from three-point territory. Rodman had nine offensive rebounds and 14 defensive rebounds in the nine-point loss.

Charlotte Hornets - 32 Rebounds

Date: January 28, 1992

Stats: 16 Points, 32 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Blocks

Rodman was the third-leading scorer on the team and doubled his points with rebounds. That included 12 offensive and 20 defensive rebounds. He had 32 of the team’s 55 rebounds in the Pistons’ 100-95 overtime win. The Hornets had 34 rebounds as a team, which makes Rodman’s accomplishment even more impressive.

Chicago Bulls - 24 Rebounds

Date: April 22, 1993

Stats: 10 Points, 24 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 0 Steals, 1 Block

The Pistons came up short in overtime as Dumars led the team in minutes with 51 while adding 26 points. Thomas had 28 points, while Rodman had 10 offensive and 14 defensive rebounds. In the end, Jordan, Pippen, and B.J. Armstrong combined for 81 points.

Dallas Mavericks - 32 Rebounds

Date: January 22, 1994

Stats: 8 Points, 32 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 1 Steal, 1 Block

The Spurs blew out the Mavericks 103-83 as the leading scorer for Dallas had 13 points. As for the Spurs, the team relied on five double-digit scorers, while Rodman had 23 defensive rebounds. Rodman had 32 of the team’s 52 boards and nearly outrebounded the entire Mavericks squad, who had 37 combined.

Denver Nuggets - 23 Rebounds

Date: November 16, 1993

Stats: 4 Points, 23 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Spurs held the Nuggets to 74 points with strong defense. That included 18 defensive rebounds from Rodman in part of his 23 boards. Rodman took just one shot for the game as the team relied on 17 points from both David Robinson and Dale Ellis. Sometimes, you just need to score enough points and do a little bit of everything else.

Detroit Pistons - 22 Rebounds

Date: December 25, 1996

Stats: 11 Points, 22 Rebounds, 7 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Bulls came out on top over Rodman’s former team, with Pippen leading the way with 27 points and Jordan adding 23 of his own. Rodman and Jordan both topped 46 minutes as Rodman secured a double-double with 11 points and 22 rebounds. Rodman had nine offensive and 13 defensive rebounds. He also had seven assists while making 50% of his shots.

Golden State Warriors - 26 Rebounds

Date: January 9, 1993

Stats: 12 Points, 26 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Pistons nearly beat the Warriors, but Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin combined for 62 points. Rodman had a double-double of 12 points and 26 rebounds, but the Pistons could not overcome an off-shooting night from Thomas. Meanwhile, Dumars scored 32 points, while Terry Mills added 26 points on a rare night Rodman did not play 40 minutes.

Houston Rockets - 30 Rebounds

Date: February 21, 1995

Stats: 6 Points, 30 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

Rodman made two of five shots, but it’s not always all about the scoring. Rodman had 30 rebounds, which put him at 50% even with the team’s 60 rebounds collectively. The Spurs relied on five double-digit scorers and let Rodman collect 11 offensive and 19 defensive rebounds as the Spurs came out with the narrow 98-97 win.

Indiana Pacers - 34 Rebounds

Date: March 4, 1992

Stats: 10 Points, 34 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Pistons limited Reggie Miller to six points as the team pulled out a 110-107 overtime win. Rodman had one of the best rebounding performances of the 90s. He secured 18 offensive rebounds, with 16 coming on the defensive end. Of the team’s 55 rebounds, Rodman secured 34 boards. The Pacers had 38 rebounds as a team through four periods and overtime.

Los Angeles Clippers - 25 Rebounds

Date: December 27, 1997

Stats: 9 Points, 25 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

Jordan scored 47 points to lead the Bulls to a win as the team was playing without Pippen. Rodman helped pick up the slack defensively as he secured 20 defensive rebounds. He was also the key playmaker as he led the team with five assists. The second-leading rebounder on the team had four, which came from three different players.

Los Angeles Lakers - 23 Rebounds

Date: February 2, 1996

Stats: 10 Points, 23 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks

Pippen broke out offensively with 30 points to lead the Bulls, while Rodman supplied the double-double. Rodman was a stud defensively with 17 defensive rebounds. As a team, the Bulls had 43 rebounds, so the rest of the cast dispersed 20 rebounds while Rodman carried the load. The Lakers had 29 rebounds as a team, which means Rodman nearly outrebounded them himself.

Memphis Grizzlies - 22 Rebounds

Date: January 27, 1998

Stats: 2 Points, 22 Rebounds, 6 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

It was a slow offensive day for Rodman, but that didn’t matter when you had Pippen and Jordan combine for 49 points. Rodman did his job by collecting eight offensive rebounds to go with 14 defensive. He also added a team-high six assists that were tied by Pippen. The Bulls nearly defeated the Vancouver Grizzlies by 20 points. There was not a single player on the Grizzlies that had double-digit rebounds.

Miami Heat - 26 Rebounds

Date: February 19, 1994

Stats: 13 Points, 26 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks

The Spurs got the win with an even scoring effort from many of its players. Five players had double figures, with J.R. Reid leading the way with 22 points. Rodman secured 10 and 16 offensive and defensive rebounds. He also made four of his five shots, as well as four of his six free throws, to get the double-double.

Minnesota Timberwolves - 29 Rebounds

Date: November 9, 1993

Stats: 13 Points, 29 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

The Spurs won the game easily thanks to a strong rebounding performance from Rodman and Robinson. The two legends combined for 40 of the team’s 54 rebounds. Robinson also recorded a triple-double of 43 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 blocks. As for Rodman, he had 11 offensive rebounds and 18 defensive while making all five of his shots and all three of his free throws in 47 minutes.

Milwaukee Bucks - 26 Rebounds

Date: January 10, 1997

Stats: 16 Points, 26 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 2 Steals, 0 Blocks

Rodman was efficient from the field by shooting 72.7%, where he made 8 of 11 shots. Rodman went double-double on the offensive and defensive rebounding with 10 and 16 respectively. Rodman was also the only player to play over 40 minutes, but it was Jordan that led the team in scoring with 33 points.

New Orleans Pelicans - None

At the time, the Pelicans were not a part of the NBA when Rodman played. Rodman played through the 1999-2000 season. The Pelicans did not join the NBA as part of an expansion team until 2002.

New York Knicks - 20 Rebounds

Date: March 8, 1998

Stats: 6 Points, 20 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Bulls used a strong second-half performance to defeat the Knicks 102-89. Jordan scored 45 points, while Scottie Pippen added 25 points. Patrick Ewing did not play this game with the Knicks, but Rodman still managed to pick up 20 rebounds against a strong defensive foe in Charles Oakley, who had 14 rebounds of his own.

Oklahoma City Thunder - 27 Rebounds

Date: February 7, 1995

Stats: 13 Points, 27 Rebounds, 3 Assists, 0 Steals, 0 Blocks

Rodman made seven free throws to help him get over double-digit points. Along with Robinson’s 31 points, the Spurs were able to fend off the SuperSonics 106-103. Rodman picked up 11 offensive rebounds, including 16 defensive rebounds in a strong rebounding night. He single-handedly picked up half of the team’s 52 total rebounds.

Orlando Magic - 27 Rebounds

Date: February 18, 1992

Stats: 18 Points, 27 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

The Pistons blew out the Magic with a strong performance from the Pistons cast. Five players reached double figures, including a rare strong offensive performance from Rodman. That included shooting 80% from the field, where he also made two of three treys. He grabbed nine offensive rebounds and 18 defensive, where the Pistons won 117-95.

Philadelphia 76ers - 26 Rebounds

Date: February 16, 1992

Stats: 8 Points, 26 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 1 Steal, 2 Blocks

The Pistons managed to escape with a 90-83 win on the road. Rodman nearly picked up a double-double and made half of his shots from the field. Rodman was the only player that had more than five rebounds on his team. The second-highest amount of the team’s 43 rebounds was Orlando Woodridge with five. Rebounding great Charles Barkley went toe-to-toe with Rodman, picking up 17 rebounds of his own.

Phoenix Suns - 25 Rebounds

Date: November 10, 1993

Stats: 0 Points, 25 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

Maybe, if Rodman scored a handful of points, the Spurs might have pulled out the win. Rodman played all 48 minutes but did not score any points. He took one shot from the field, a miss, but picked up 25 of the team’s 44 rebounds. It was a slow rebounding night for Robinson, who snagged only six, but he did score 32 points.

Portland Trail Blazers - 25 Rebounds

Date: December 13, 1991

Stats: 20 Points, 25 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 3 Steals, 2 Blocks

The Pistons beat the Trail Blazers 113-103 with the help of three players scoring 20 points. One of those players was the usual non-heavy scorer in Rodman. Rodman recorded a 20-20 night with his strong defensive rebounding leading the way. He picked up 20 defending rebounds and made 8 of 11 shots from the field, including all four of his free throws.

Sacramento Kings - 31 Rebounds

Date: March 14, 1992

Stats: 7 Points, 31 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 3 Steals, 1 Block

With the hot hand of Dumars scoring 28 points, Rodman had one simple job. Rodman grabbed nine offensive rebounds and 22 defensive rebounds. He also made three of his five shots. Rodman was the true rebounding specialist as he secured 60% of the team’s total rebounding as the team finished with 52 total rebounds

San Antonio Spurs - 26 Rebounds

Date: January 11, 1993

Stats: 4 Points, 26 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 3 Steals, 0 Blocks

The Spurs defeated the Pistons by 18 points. While Rodman’s 26 rebounds were impressive, the Spurs still outrebounded the Pistons as a team by one. That included David Robinson and Antoine Carr combining for 25 to nearly match Rodman. The difference-maker was that the Spurs shot 51.7% from the field, while the Pistons managed 38%.

Toronto Raptors - 19 Rebounds

Date: February 19, 1998

Stats: 2 Points, 19 Rebounds, 2 Assists, 1 Steal, 0 Blocks

Playing off the bench, Rodman managed to play 30 minutes and collect 19 rebounds. Of his total, 14 were defensive. The Bulls cruised to an easy 123-86 victory where two other members of the Bulls had at least seven rebounds each. Three players on the team scored 20 points in the blowout as well.

Utah Jazz - 23 Rebounds

Date: March 3, 1993

Stats: 10 Points, 23 Rebounds, 0 Assists, 0 Steals, 1 Block

Rodman picked up the double-double, but the Pistons came up short 106-98 against the Jazz. Four players scored in double figures, including Thomas scoring 40 points. Rodman was split on his rebounding stats, collecting 11 offensive rebounds to 12 defensive. It was not enough to overcome 38 points and 11 rebounds from Karl Malone.

Washington Wizards - 24 Rebounds

Date: April 6, 1993

Stats: 7 Points, 24 Rebounds, 1 Assist, 1 Steal, 1 Block

Nobody shot the ball well in this game. Had Dumars not scored 38 points, the Pistons would have come up short. Instead, the Pistons escaped with an 81-79 victory where Rodman picked up 17 defensive rebounds. His 24 rebounds were nearly half of the team’s 51 rebounds. 


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