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NBA's Power Forwards MATCHUP: Dennis Rodman vs Draymond Green

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Power Forwards MATCHUP: Dennis Rodman vs Draymond Green

Dennis "The Worm" Rodman

Rodman made himself eligible for the 1986 NBA draft. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the 3rd pick in the second round (27th overall), joining the rugged team of coach Chuck Daly that was called "Bad Boys" for their hard-nosed approach to basketball. The squad featured Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars at the guard positions, Adrian Dantley and Sidney Green at forward, and center Bill Laimbeer. Bench players who played more than 15 minutes per game were sixth man Vinnie Johnson and the backup forwards Rick Mahorn and John Salley. Rodman fit well into this ensemble, providing 6.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and some tough defense in 15.0 minutes of playing time per game...Rodman played at the small forward position in his early years before becoming a power forward. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships. His biography at NBA.com states that he is "arguably the best rebounding forward in NBA history". On April 1, 2011, the Pistons retired Rodman's No. 10 jersey, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later that year...THE WORM was considered the most devastating player defensively and overall best rebounder to play the game! He was certainly the ultimate one-way player, although given the chance he could hurt you offensively in the lane and around the basket. He controlled games with his tremendous ability to get under the skin of anyone in his way. Although tough in his own right, Green would find out that there is two more levels to becoming an irritant on the basketball court when he encounters Rodman.

 

ROD-GREEN

 

Draymond Green:

Green plays primarily at the power forward position and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team.  He won his first NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015 and was named an NBA All-Star the following season. Green, who often plays significant minutes for the Warriors as an undersized center, has been cited as one of the leaders in an emerging trend in the NBA of versatile frontcourt players capable of playing and defending multiple positions, making plays for teammates and spacing the floor. Draymond has most definitely become a mirror image of Rodman to an extent with the bonus of a potent offensive game. Green would have a sincere edge on the offensive end with his ability to shoot the ball and the fact he can play point forward. As the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, the Warriors eliminated the No. 8 Houston Rockets, 4–1, and advanced to the second round against Portland. In Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, Green recorded his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 118–106 win. In Game 3 of the series, Green scored a playoff career-high 37 points in a 120–108 loss, a loss that cut the Warriors' advantage in the series to 2–1.  The Warriors won the series 4–1, advancing to the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In Game 3, Green kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin. The foul was later upgraded from a Flagrant Foul 1 to a Flagrant 2 and he was fined $25,000.[51] The Warriors went on to win the series in seven games after overcoming a 3–1 deficit. In Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Green had 28 points with five three-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists to lead the Warriors to a 110–77 win and a 2–0 advantage in the series.  Golden State went ahead 3–1 in Game 4, during which Green and LeBron James of Cleveland had to be separated. The two had gotten tangled in the closing minutes of the Warriors' 108–97 win. Green fell to the ground, and James stepped over him. Feeling disrespected, Green swung his arm and appeared to make contact with James' groin.  After the game, Green was assessed a Flagrant 1 for contact that was ruled "unnecessary" and "retaliatory", and James was given a technical foul for taunting. Having accumulated his fourth flagrant foul point in the playoffs, Green was suspended for Game 5. Sound familiar yet??? The Warriors went on to lose the series in seven games despite a 32-point, 15-rebound effort from Green in Game 7. I still don’t believe Green is more dominant than Rodman in the grand scheme of things because Dennis will get under your skin and upset each and every person in the building.

~ So Who do you pick !?!

 

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