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jake dubya asked in SportsBasketball · 10 years ago

Who is the better overall defender Dwight Howard or Dennis Rodman?

Who is the best overall defender i.e (rebounding, blocked shots, and overall defensive pressure)... My teacher in school says that Dennis Rodman is the best overall defender the NBA has ever seen, but I think Superman Dwight Howard is WAY better. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers ;)

11 Answers

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Dennis Rodman is the better defender

    He can defend any position and not only was great at blocking shots but stealing the ball too, he was the best at hustle plays to, diving for lose balls, giving his team 2nd chances and sprinting back on defense no matter how far he is from his opponent.

    Dwight Howard is only a shot blocker that can guard only big men, a guard or forward can take him off the dribble, he's only effect against a guard or forward if they are driving and he's already at the rim. You see how Dwight defense is against Wade and Rose, he couldn't keep up so he threw his body at them knocking them down hard on the floor.

    Dennis Rodman is going to be better at defending its his whole game.

  • 10 years ago

    Well, in the rebounding aspect, Dennis Rodman has a big advantage. He grabbed at least 13 rebounds a game in a season 8 times in the NBA. Even though he's 4 inches shorter than Dwight.

    Besides rebounding, Dwight wins every other comparison. He blocks roughly 3 times the amount of shots as Rodman did, and while Dennis was a good defender, I think Howard is better. He even steals more often.

    So yeah, Dwight Howard is WAY better

  • 10 years ago

    I think Dennis Rodman is the greatest defender of all-time.Howard is great, and he will probably go down as the best help defender. He contests every shot in the paint. Even if he is 15 feet away from the basket, he has the speed and athleticism to quickly get back and block a layup better than anyone I have ever seen. But he isn't the best defender one-on-one, and he isn't as versatile as Rodman was.

    Rodman could shut down Jason Kidd one night, and shut down Hakeem Olajuwon the next. No other player has that type of range, to be able to not only guard every position, but completely shut down every position. You look at the stats, Rodman never put up good steals or blocks numbers. And that is a testament to how good his defense was. People didn't even pass the ball to the guy Rodman was guarding.

    Check out this video of Rodman playing defense on Shaq, a guy who was 7 inches taller and 100 lbs. heavier.

  • 4 years ago

    Dennis Rodman Defense

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  • 10 years ago

    Dwight will pass Rodman one day but at this point in time it is no contest---Rodman is better. Like someone else mentioned, coaches organized their game plan by avoiding Rodman. Rodman guarded everyone from the point guard to center. He defended Michael Jordan in the open floor when he played for Detroit. Many people give Joe Durmars the credit for guarding Jordan (during the Detroit/Bulls) era. Rodman was the second defensive option for Detroit to guard Jordan. He guarded Tim Duncan, Barkley, and Karl Malone at the powerfoward position. He even played big and guarded Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaq. And he maintain a high level of defensive play throughout his career.

  • Click
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Dwight Howard is easily the better defender. Dennis Rodman's defense is kind of overrated. You teacher was probably a big Bulls fan or something. He's not the best overall defense the nba has seen. Whatever happened to Hakeem? He game Shaq! a hard time!

  • 10 years ago

    Dwight Howard is way better. Sure, Dennis was a good defender but Dwight gets more rebounds than any center guard in the league.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    rodman not even close

    when you grab down almost 20 rebounds a game one sean and only 6 8

    sure dwight can block a shot but overall rodman he could guard bigs and wasnt that bad on the wing

  • 10 years ago

    Dennis Rodman, because he could shut down all 5 positions, Dwight can't

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Rodamn actual- he ought to safeguard out on the perimiter and additionally became right into a miles greater ideal help defender than super Ben, Ben became right into a supirior low submit defender, yet as a means forward that's no longer as a lot mandatory because it is now, Rodman became into additionally speedier and ought to actual take his opponent out of video games or perhaps long streches of video games, Wallace, as solid as he's can no longer close Duncan down for a whole a million/2 plus dive out at Manu like Rodman did to Robindson and Avery Johnson. choosing between the two gamers i'd choose Wallace as he brings next to no bags as Rodman needs a seperate shipment airplane for his crud he brings to the table. present day Mr invoice? NONE- constrained low submit participant who in basic terms outthought or out fought absolutely everyone and all and sundry and became right into a champion? by no ability will ensue returned- invoice would play 20 video games a 365 days if he became into fortunate if he performed as we talk. . . . diverse situations.

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