16. Dennis Rodman
These days, Dennis Rodman is known for his controversial trips to North Korea. That’s not the focus here, however, as he was one of the toughest players of the 1990’s.
After an extremely successful career with the Detroit Pistons, Rodman moved to the San Antonio Spurs via trade. He only spent two years in the Alamo City, both of which were historic for the franchise.
From 1993-95, Rodman averaged a ridiculous 17.1 rebounds. They came in 35.6 minutes per game, playing next to David Robinson.
Rodman was never an elite offensive player and hardly worked the rim with the Spurs. He topped out at 7.1 points in 36 minutes per game in the 1994-95 season, shooting an effective 57 percent. This was while he focused on the defensive side of the game, battling the opposition under the boards and doing the dirty work other players wouldn’t do.
After the 1994-95 season, the Spurs sent Rodman away for Will Perdue of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman joined the Michael Jordan-led teams that won three more NBA championships, and found himself as a five-time champion when it was all over.
Rodman will be known for his time in Detroit and Chicago, but had some of his best numbers in San Antonio, only across two seasons. It’s enough to get him around mid-way on this list.