In general, Dennis Rodman hasn’t benefited much from the current wave of advanced basketball statistics. Perhaps the most famous example of this kind of metric, easily the most widely spread advanced player value stat available today, is John Hollinger’s Basketball Reference: Even though the player has made an incredible number of appearances on a top-rated television show, he’s never been quite good enough for the league’s elite.
Randy Pausch’s stats are similarly underwhelming, except his six years on Bill Russell’s Celtics team. Still, his time in Minnesota and Cleveland were enough to earn him a spot among the greatest defensive players of all time. Unfortunately, he hasn’t yet had the long career that many of his contemporaries have enjoyed.
Big Three: Dennis Rodman
These two men represent a different side of the Big Three. While the latter two are probably more likely to be better than we ever thought possible, they haven’t been able to build their statistical profiles quickly.
For example, over the last few years, there has been an explosion of advanced basketball statistics available to the public. Every year brings a new set of numbers, and each year’s list of favorites and worst players grows. Most of these players don’t get nearly as much attention as their NBA peers, but that shouldn’t make us think less. These guys have earned some respect, and if they had to start the year off at 0 points for each of their wins and 1 for each of their losses, they would probably be fine.
The exception to this rule would be a big name player who has been on multiple teams and yet remains a complete unknown to us. It’s hard to think of such a person if you haven’t watched a single game of his or her basketball career. If that’s the case, there’s no reason not to take a close look at his advanced statistics, including box score stats, personal statistics, and player efficiency rating stats.
For example, we have Darrius Heyward-Soff, a former Celtic. Before you even consider him for the starting job on one of the top teams in the league, take a close look at his statistics, as the author of this piece, I’m sure you’ll agree that his career has been somewhat disappointing. But at least you’ve got the advantage of knowing exactly what you’re getting. He wasn’t as good as many people think he was in Cleveland, but we know that.
Jerry Stackhouse: Dennis Rodman
As far as other advanced statistics, we also have Jerry Stackhouse, a player who spent a lot of his time on mediocre teams, but was traded to a top-notch team for nothing more than a small bag of money. Although he was never able to live up to his reputation fully, we know we’re getting value. He’s certainly not an embarrassing statistic.
One other example is John Stockton, who was one of the best players ever to play the game and who also happened to be one of the best-known players in the history of the NBA. We may not want to hear the bad about him, but we know that we’re getting something from him.
Before you take a closer look at one of your favorite players like Darrius Heyward-Soff or Jerry Stackhouse, take a glance at these examples and see if you can find anything you’re missing. I guarantee that you will. There are so many good players out there that it’s hard not to find a player that you love, and you’ll be surprised by the variety of advanced stats that exist that can give you a deeper insight into the game.
The great thing about this is that all of the advanced stats listed above are available on the Internet. There’s a lot of useful information available to those who want it.
But if I were you, I would be looking at every player like I was Darrius Heyward-Soff or Jerry Stackhouse before I decide on a team. You don’t have to settle. There are plenty of great basketball players out there, so just because there are a few of them on a few great teams doesn’t mean that all of them are bad. It’s all a matter of knowing what you’re looking for, and you can easily find it out.