Cleaning the Glass
Rebounding wins championships and cashes checks. It’s crucial for an NBA team to have power forwards and centers that will clean the glass at a high level night in and night out. There are nine guys in the NBA averaging 10 rebounds per game of higher right now.
1. Kevin Love – 15.0 rebounds per game – Love averaged 15 boards per game last season and is doing it again this season, making him the premier windex man in all of basketball. He grabbed 20 against the bucks in the second game of the season and hasn’t pulled down under 14 in the last five games. Love is nearly an automatic double-double every night, also averaging 25 points per game.
2. Dwight Howard – 14.6 rebounds per game – Superman may or may not want out of Orlando but it’s not affecting his work on the boards. Howard has grabbed 20 rebounds over three times this season including 24 rebounds on back-t0-back nights against the Bobcats and the Nets. If it wasn’t for a four rebound night in only 20 minutes of action last time out, it would be Howard leading the NBA rebounding instead of Love. Either way the glass stays clean.
3. Spencer Hawes – 10.6 rebounds per game – Hawes is surprising everybody in Philly with his double-double averages of 12 points and 10 rebounds. The young center has never averaged more than 7 rebounds per game in his career but is grabbing every loose ball this season. Hawes has only grabbed under 10 rebounds two times this season and ripped down 17 and 16 in two of the Sixers last three games.
4. Marc Gasol – 10.4 rebounds per game – Pau’s little brother is capable of scoring 20 points on a good night but remains a consistent force on the glass. Gasol is averaging a double-double and has went for over 10 rebounds in five games straight including 15 against the Kings. The Grizzlies are struggling right now at 3-5 and Gasol is getting the rebounds that the injured Zach Randolph would have pulled down last season.
5. Udonis Haslem – 10.3 rebounds per game – Haslem is rebounding at a higher level than ever before as he has never hit more than nine boards per game in any season of his nine year career. The Heat are off to a scorching 8-1 start and Haslem is doing his job in coming off the bench and making sure the glass is extra clean with no smudges. Haslem has pulled down 9, 10, 10, 11, 12 in games so far this month.
6. Blake Griffin – 10.3 rebounds per game – Griffin isn’t keeping up with the 12.1 rebounds per game that he pulled down as a rookie but there’s still a whole lot of a season left to be played. Griffin is putting up 24 points to go along with his 10 rebounds and Lob City is looking good so far with only two losses. Griffin is coming off of a season high 14 boards in a win against Milwaukee.
7. Anderson Varejao – 10.1 rebounds per game – Varejao is continues to rebound at a high level after pulling down 9.7 last season. He’s in Cleveland which means there are probably more bricks to go after on the offensive and than most of the teams in the league. Varejao has went for 13 boards two times this season both losses to the Pacers and Raptors.
8. DeMarcus Cousins – 10.1 rebounds per game – Despite attitude problems, Cousins continues to be coveted in NBA circles because of his ability to wipe the glass clean night in and night out. Cousins is also averaging 14 points per game and has pulled down 10 and 15 rebounds in both games since the firing of head coach Paul Westphal.
9. Roy Hibbert- 10.0 rebounds per game -Big Roy pulled down a career high 7.5 last season and is building on that so far this season. Most importantly the Pacers are off to a 6-2 start. Hibbert’s season high is 14 against Detroit and 13 against Cleveland. He’s averaging a double-double adding 14 points per game.
Close: Javale McGee 9.8 reb, David Lee 9.7 reb, Pau Gasol 9.3 reb, Marcus Camby 9.0