There, I said it. Now it’s out there. I don’t normally find myself on the fringe of spouting hyperbole, but I have spent weeks closely watching Adrian (AD) Nelson play this season trying to find a professional basketball player with which he somewhat compares to favorably. While Dennis Rodman was often best known for his flair and flamboyance off the court, he was inducted into the NBA Basketball Hall of Fame for his rebounding prowess. Rodman – often nicknamed “The Worm” and “Demolition Man” – was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1986 and is widely considered to be the best pound-for-pound rebounder in NBA history.
That being said, how can I possibly compare a second-year basketball player coming off major knee surgery to one of the greatest rebounders of all-time? True, on the surface it looks like a colossal stretch, a farcical effort at best. But, take a little time with me to dig beyond the surface, and I’ll unearth for you some numbers that will prove to that this comparison is not nearly as far-fetched as it appears.
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