Wednesday July 15 2009 – 11:34am Eastern (Toronto, ON)
Rebounding will be one of the many keys for the Raptors this season. And one of the most important players in that category with be Andrea Bargnani.
Bargnani tallied 4.4 defensive rebounds per game last season (5.3 REB overall). That put him in the Top 70 in the league.
Those defensive rebounding numbers were more than:
Tayshaun Prince *
Ron Artest *
Kobe Bryant *
Vince Carter *
Shane Battier *
Josh Howard *
Boris Diaw *
Richard Jefferson *
Tracy McGrady *
Al Thornton *
Travis Outlaw *
( * Bargnani’s Rebounds Per 48 Minutes average (8.1) was more than these players as well )
Yes, I know Bargnani is a PF/C so his numbers should naturally be higher than guards like Bryant, Carter, Jefferson, etc.
I’m merely pointing out the kind of company he shares in the NBA – with others at his position and with “star” players that log heavy minutes and serious court time. Plus, Andrea isn’t exactly your “traditional” big man – in terms of always being under the hoop (especially on the offensive end). His (and the Raptors overall) is a different style that will likely always have some kind of an impact on his rebounding totals.
But there’s no denying that the big Italian must improve on the glass and bring more to the Raps in that category. Rebounding can’t solely fall on the shoulders of Chris Bosh.
Of course … the additions of Reggie Evans and Hedo Turkoglu should help as well … along with the possible addition of Rasho Nesterovic too.