DonovanMcnabb for H.O.F, on 09 July 2012 - 02:58 AM, said:
Phenomenal?... idk about that... Especially when you consider that even his defensive rebounding rate isn't all that great when compared to the rest of the league.
OKC plays a lot of small ball basketball lineup with Harden+RW+KD+ sometimes Thabo where Ibaka and Perkins either both hit the bench or one hits the bench and not the other, or they are both on the bench and Collisson comes in. Which ends up with KD "playing the 4" on defense... It gets pretty easy to grab defensive boards when you are the longest player on a squad of guys who are all pretty much average rebounders (aside from Serge on the offensive glass).
And like I said, considering his size, even though I know he's a perimeter player first, .6 is still pretty bad offensively. Especially when you consider that he was 6th among SF with around 5 shot attempts at the rim a game, and was 3rd among SF with 2.1 attempts 3-9 ft from the basket... .6? Really?
When OKC faced MIA in the finals, every single game they lost, they were out rebounded, and KD has dome awful games on both end of the glass... Pretty sure he had 2 total one game, can't remember which one. If you are getting out rebounded so badly, I'm pretty sure if KD was capable of being some dominant glass eater Brooks would of asked him to grab more. KD is way too inconsistent on the boards to be considered dominant...
Yes, he is a very good rebounder.. lol
He was above guys like Bosh and LBJ and behind all the elite guys like Howard, Cousins, Love, Bynum.. Etc etc.
Oh.. But what do those players have in common... Howard...Cousins...Love...Bynum. They play like directly under the rim. lmao. Shocking that guys who play the rim get more offensive boards while a guy who plays further from the rim has less.
And KD had nearly 5 shot attempts at the rim a game? You realize a shot attempt at the rim is like.. A dunk, layup, or a tip... How many of those shots is KD actually missing in order to grab a rebound? LMAO.
His shot attempts near the rim is also extremely misleading.... Because he isn't only able to grab offensive boards on his own shots.
A) he isn't going to miss those shots very often. And...
B) he doesn't play under the rim to grab the offensive boards from other players missing shots. After the shot goes up, he is reading to get back on D. Unless the ball takes a lucky bounce and winds up on the perimeter, he isn't going to get those boards.
The elite guys like Love, Bynum, and Howard have the size to get hem.. But they are also in position to grab the missed shots that their teammates throw up.
And you don't need to preach to me about the Thunder getting absolutely DESTROYED down low and on the boards. Go read the Finals threads, I was saying the same exact thing and I was pretty much the only one saying it.
I still contest that if Brooks wanted KD to crash the boards and play more physical down low that he could. I don't think he is asked to play like that or that type of style... So why are we expecting him to grab a bunch of offensive boards? It makes no sense.
It's like bashing Howard because he doesn't shoot 3s. Of course he doesn't shoot threes. Although, maybe that's a bad comparison.. Because Dwight can't shoot 3s while KD at least has the skill set to crash the glass.
This post has been edited by Favre4Ever: 09 July 2012 - 02:47 PM