Re: Let's grade Danny
posted at 7/26/2012 1:40 PM EDT
It isn't just length that rebounds. It is having a nose for the ball, a want and determination. It is just as important if not more (rebounding), positioning and blocking out. That is why you get people like a Love, Jefferson and David Lee or players of the past like Dennis Rodman pulling down boards. They aren't the tallest on the court but they want it more and do the intangibles to get the ball.
Rondo, for instance, isn't the tallest but he wants that ball in his hands. The sooner he has it, the quicker he can make a play up court. So he goes after boards.
Garnett's rebounds average has gone down in recent years. Some say from getting older but that is just part of it. The NBA is packed with power forwards that can score and KG was always guarding shorter PF's that had offense in mind. That took him away from the basket to defend. With his move to center, his average rebounds per game went up. There aren't a lot of offensive minded C in the game today and KG will pull more boards.
This group has a mix of players that have a nose for the ball. You look at Wilcox for instance. His last 10 healthy games before they shut him down. He was getting into a rhythm and his stats showed he could foot the bill at back up PF/C and rebound. Sullinger, though not proven at the NBA level, has a nose for the ball, (a want!) and if his play transfers from college to the NBA, he will be an above average rebounder in the NBA.
If it were just size that rebounds. The likes of Hibbert, Howard and Bynum, who are at or close to the top of the rebounding charts would run away from everyone else in this category statistic but they don't.
Team rebounding will be up this year for the Celtics and any statistic up is a move in the right direction for a team one win away from an NBA finals appearance.