Let's talk about rebounds. No, I don't mean hooking up with the wrong person after you get out of an emotionally draining relationship. (Or in my case, eating a plate of nachos by myself because I know all the ice cream I just had is bad for me.) I think Pat Riley said it best, "No Rebounds, No Rings." I believe him because the first great basketball I watched as I was learning the game were those Showtime Los Angeles Lakers. Their fast break counter attack was predicated on getting rebounds. And they dominated the glass on their way to quite a few championships. Rebounds have always been key, and will always be key. Who will ever forget getting an offensive rebound, and throwing it out to for a huge three pointer in the NBA Finals? At the key moments of the game you need to make sure you get your hands on the ball. Rebounds. 50/50 Balls. Loose balls. You need hungry guys. And looking at Utah Jazz history, there may be no one hungrier for the ball than .
If you looked at ALL of the Jazz players in franchise history, and eliminated everyone who didn't finish a season with at least 15.0% TRB%, you get a list of fewer than 60 players, ever. Only 20 of those 58 total players have accomplished the feat twice in their careers. And if you limit it to just the Top 10 players in Jazz history you get a tidy list of some of the best rebounders any of us have ever seen. And the early results are in . . . and both Gobert and frontcourt mate look to make big marks on the Jazz history book of boards.
|TRB% > .150||Listed from Best to Worst|
|Player||# of times||Avg of Top 5||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
I know it's really early, but if the ball is in question, I feel confident that someone like Rudy or Derrick will be able to get it. And for a team that has such a small margin of error that makes a huge difference. Of course, that short term margin of error is even smaller with Rudy Gobert out and injured. But he's going to come back. And he's going to help establish the idea that rebounds just flat-out belong to the Jazz. If you want one you're going to have to really want it more. And with Rudy pulling down (effectively) 1/5th of all the boards he's out there to see happen, it's not likely that you want it more than him.
Two historical points: Karl was a beast for such a long time, and Big Al was quite weak sauce -- yet more effective overall than 7'4 Eaton. Crazy.