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How Many Championship Rings Does Dennis Rodman Have?

Written by: Christian Jope
Published August 23, 2023
8 min read

NBA legend Dennis Rodman, one of basketball and pop culture's most divisive personalities, owns five NBA Championship rings. With five rings from two teams, Rodman was a mainstay across two separate NBA Championship dynasties.

While his accomplishments are amongst the most impressive in NBA history, Rodman was a controversial figure in the NBA and socially. Known for his culture-altering style and uncontrollable personality, opinions on Rodman were divided. Despite Rodman's controversies, he'll always be known as one of the NBA's best rebounders, defenders, and champions.

Dennis Rodman NBA Championship Rings

Dennis Rodman Career Profile, Awards, and Accomplishments

Name: Dennis Keith Rodman

Position: Power Forward, Small Forward

Height: 6-7 (201 cm) 

Weight: 210 lbs (95 kg)

School: Southeastern Oklahoma State University

Draft: Detroit Pistons (3rd Pick, 27th Overall, 1986)

  • NBA Champion (1989, 1990, 1996-98)
  • NBA All-Star (1990, 1992)
  • All-NBA Third Team (1992, 1995)
  • Defensive Player of the Year (1990-91)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (1989-93, 1995-96)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1994)
  • NBA Rebounding Champion (1992-98)

1989: Detroit Pistons

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1988-8963-19110.8104.7106.645.124.76.45.0.494/1.5.300/1.5
League Rank1st (East)7th3rd16th7th17th25th19th5th/19th19th/18th

In 1989, his third season in the NBA, Rodman began making his mark in the NBA. After a seven-game Finals loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Rodman's Detroit Pistons were on a mission to establish themselves at the top of the NBA totem pole and earn their first NBA title.

Playing all 82 regular season games, Rodman established his place as the NBA's ultimate hustle-man. He averaged 9.0 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game on 59.5% shooting from the field. It was the first time he was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team, a title he'd receive seven times in his career.

Rodman appeared in 27 games through the 1989 NBA Playoffs, with his playing time slightly more limited than the regular season. He was crucial in Detroit's series against Chicago, eliminating the Jordan-led Bulls while averaging 6.8 points and 13.3 rebounds.

1990: Detroit Pistons

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1989-9059-23 109.9103.5104.344.424.36.25.1.478/40.6.327/2.2
League Rank1st (East)11th2nd19th9th17th27th13th15th/19th13th/15th

The 1990 NBA season saw Rodman continue to rise as one of the NBA's top prospects, despite his advanced age for a fourth-year player. Off the back of an NBA Championship, Rodman didn't make massive strides in his production. However, his contributions to the Pistons' success were enough for the NBA pundits to recognize his skills.

Rodman was named to the NBA All-Star team for the first time in 1990, on top of returning to the All-Defensive Team and winning his first Defensive Player of the Year award. In 82 games, he averaged 8.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game on 58.1% from the field while starting just 43 games.

Once again, Rodman used strategically throughout Detroit's 1990 NBA Playoffs run. He was, once again, critical in their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Bulls, leading the team in rebounds and playing the third-most minutes of any Pistons player. After defeating the Trail Blazers in five games in the NBA Finals, Rodman earned his second NBA Championship ring.

1996: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1995-9672-10115.2101.8105.244.624.89.14.2.478/40.2.403/6.6
League Rank1st (East)1st1st1st4th5th3rd21st7th/1st3rd/10th

After closing out his time with the Detroit Pistons and having an eventful two years with the San Antonio Spurs, Rodman found himself fortunately exiled to the Chicago Bulls. Despite his character issues with the Spurs, his former rivals believed that he would be the piece that would help sustain their dynasty.

Rodman was named to the 1996 All-Defensive Team on top of winning the NBA rebounding title for the fifth time in his career. Playing just 64 games through the regular season, Rodman averaged 5.5 points, 14.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 48.0% shooting from the field.

Brought in to defend and rebound the ball, Rodman played the most significant role of his playoff career. He averaged 7.5 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists through 18 post-season games. He was crucial in Chicago's Finals series against the Sonics, holding off All-Star big man Shawn Kemp and leading the series in rebounding en route to his third NBA Championship.

1997: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1996-9769-13114.4102.4103.145.126.18.74.0.473/40.0.373/6.4
League Rank1st (East)1st4th1st2nd2nd7th25th3rd/1st6th/12th

After revitalizing his career by joining the Chicago Bulls, Dennis Rodman looked to make a push for as many NBA Championships as possible before his retirement. Having had a hand in Chicago's fourth NBA Championship, Rodman's position on the Bulls was irreplaceable.

Through the 1996-97 regular season, Rodman averaged 5.7 points, 16.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists on 44.8% shooting from the field in 55 games. He won his sixth rebounding title while helping his Bulls to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Chicago Bulls worked their way through the NBA post-season with relative ease, going 11-2 through the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Rodman's statistical production was limited against the rugged interior of the Utah Jazz. Still, his defensive prowess was crucial in defeating the Utah Jazz and earning his fourth NBA Championship ring.

1998: Chicago Bulls

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
1997-9862-20107.799.896.744.923.88.54.3.451/37.4.323/3.8
League Rank1st (East)9th3rd9th2nd7th10th23rd16th/5th23rd/17th

The 1998 NBA season saw the heights of the Chicago Bulls dynasty, and the value of Dennis Rodman's role couldn't be overstated. At 36 years old, Rodman was coming to the end of his career, but he played the most games in one season since his All-Star campaign in 1992.

Rodman won only one major individual award through the 1997-98 NBA season, his seventh and final rebounding title. He averaged 4.7 points, 15.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists through 80 games on 43.1% shooting from the field.

Rodman played the most playoff games of his career in 1998, seeing the court in 21 games. He averaged 4.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in the last playoff run of his career. After helping the Bulls defeat the Jazz in six games, Rodman helped Chicago to their second three-peat and earned his fifth and final NBA Championship ring.

Comparing Dennis Rodman's Rings to the Winningest Players in NBA history

Dennis Rodman is among some of the greatest in NBA history regarding ring count. With five rings, Rodman's accomplishments are elite, but he lacks the individual star power and role of the players he stands with. While he could be considered a role player in his major championship runs, he represents the absolute peak of production in that role.

Rodman's five rings are undeniable. While he wasn't a diverse contributor on the court, in his own way, he maintains a place as one of the most dominant players in NBA history.

PlayerNo. of RingsYears WonTeam(s)
Bill Russell111957, 1959-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones101959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-95, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Magic Johnson51980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan51999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant52000-02, 2009-10Los Angeles Lakers
Dennis Rodman51989-90, 1996-98Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls
LeBron James42012-13, 2016, 2020Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

Dennis Rodman's NBA Finals Appearances Compared to NBA Legends

Dennis Rodman reached the NBA Finals six times in his career. Three of those NBA Finals appearances came with the Detroit Pistons and the other three with the Chicago Bulls. He lost his NBA Finals series just once in his career.

A key contributor for both the Pistons and the Bulls, Rodman was known as a lockdown defender and one of the most excellent rebounders in NBA history. Never highly touted through his amateur recruitment, Rodman flipped the script and became one of modern sports' most inspiring success stories.

PlayerFinals AppearancesYearTeam(s)
Bill Russell121957, 1959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones111958-1966, 1968-1969Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar101971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James102007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Tom Heinsohn

9

1957-1965

Boston Celtics

Magic Johnson

9

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West9

1962-1966, 1968-1970

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Ramsey

8

1957-1964

Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones81959-1966Boston Celtics
John Havlicek81963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976Boston Celtics
Bob Cousy71957-1963Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant72000-2002 2004, 2008-2010Los Angeles Lakers
James Worthy61984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991Los Angeles Lakers 
Michael Jordan61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Shaquille O'Neal61995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat
Tim Duncan61999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Dennis Rodman61988-90, 1996-98Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls
Tony Parker52003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Larry Bird51981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987Boston Celtics

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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