This season nba.com added a new component to their stats page called Player Tracking which looks at NBA Player Stats not previously available, at least publicly.
Player tracking uses 6 cameras to track each player and the video collected provides details on things like ball and player movement, shows their efficiency and areas of the game previously unmeasured such as number of passes or rebound opportunities.
In Part 1 of this series I outlined Distance and Speed, Part 2 covered Touches and Possessions, Part 3 focused on Passing and Part 4 covered Defensive Impact. In this installment we’ll look at the top 5 players and top ranked Houston Rockets in Rebounding stats.
Part 5: Rebounding
Definition of this category as per nba.com: Rebounding:The number of times player was within the vicinity (3.5 ft) of a rebound. Measures the number of rebounds a player recovers compared to the number of rebounding chances available as well as whether or not the rebound was contested by an opponent or deferred to a teammate.
As per nba.com Players are ranked based on:
- Rebounds Per Game: When a player recovers ball off a missed shot on either end of the court.
- Total Rebounds: Total amount of rebounds collected in season
- Percentage of Rebounds Per Chances: Number of rebounds collected versus the number of rebounding chances per game.
- Rebounds Chances Per Game: Number of times a player was within 3.5ft of a rebound opportunity per game.
- Contested Rebound Per Game: All 2 and 3 point field goals made by opponent while player on court
- Uncontested Rebound Per Game: All 2 and 3 point field goals attempted by opponent while player on court
- Contested Rebound Percentage: Contested rebounds divided by total rebounds
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Apr 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) shoots a free throw against the San Antonio Spurs in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond dominate the top two ranking positions for all significant sub-categories. Then again their primary responsibility is to rebound so it’s not a surprise. The next level of top ranked rebounders DeMarcus Cousins and Pau Gasol offer a complete game of defense and offense.
While Dwight Howard missed half the season to injury he still posted strong rebounding numbers ranking tied for 8th overall in rebounds per game (10.5). More importantly his prowess at rebounding remains intact as he tied for 3rd in rebounds per chance.
Though he isn’t the dominate force of his Orlando days he did play well in the post season. For Rockets fans it might be best to hope for a solid, consistent injury free season with occasional bursts to help win tight games and a return to his post season dominance. Further the return of a healthy Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas and the addition of Montrezl Harrell should bode well for a strong versatile front court.
Next up in the series we’ll look at Stats on Drives.
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