Chicago Bulls: 3 Dennis Rodman teammates you forgot about

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Scouting Report. Rodman Teammate: 1999-00. 79. Pick Analysis. Small Forward. Michael Finley. 3. player

The connection between Rodman and the Mavericks isn’t necessarily the most important part of his career. But he did end his NBA career in Dallas, and it certainly rounded out in controversial fashion.

One player that does have an interesting connection to Rodman and the Bulls that spent most of his career with the Mavericks, including during the 1999-00 season, is a fan favorite in Dallas and 6-foot-7 small forward/shooting guard Michael Finley. The two-time NBA All-Star selection, 1995-96 All-Rookie Team selection, and 2006-07 NBA Champion was still early in his career when Rodman was his teammate.

Finley did thrive while Rodman was in town, though. The 1999-00 season saw his first career All-Star selection. He would play in all 82 Mavs regular season games (starting all of them), while averaging a career best 22.6 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from beyond the arc.

This would also be the highest finish that Finley would ever have in the final MVP voting (13th in MVP award shares).

There is validity between the Finley and Rodman connection since the two could be tied back together with the Bulls once again in the near future. Finley is a candidate up to be the next general manager for the Bulls. He would be just the third general manager for the Bulls since the end of the Jerry Krause-era in 2003. The other two were John Paxson and Gar Forman.

But there’s no certainty that Finley will be the next general manager. He is still one of more than three candidates that are considered to be front runners to land this job.

Finley is one of the best players to ever do it for the Mavericks. The best years of his career in Dallas really started while he was teammates with “The Worm”.