A lot of talk has surfaced that the New York Knicks are a poor rebounding team. Charles Barkley discussed this idea numerous times during New York’s win over the Lakers on TNT Thursday night, and it is being brought up by other media members, as well.
Let’s take a look at some numbers and see if this is actually true.
According to NBA.com, the Knicks rank second to last in total rebounding percentage at 47.5%. That, unquestionably, looks horrific, but you need to dig a little deeper to make sense of the Knicks’ actual rebounding skills.
New York actually ranks ninth in defensive rebound percentage at 74.1%, compared to 26th in offensive rebound percentage at 23.3%.
The Knicks have played seven games against teams that rank in the top 10 in OREB% and 9 games against teams that rank in the bottom 10 in OREB%. They have also played six games against teams that fall somewhere in the middle. That’s a pretty good mix.
Knicks Against The Top 10
In these seven games, New York held the best offensive rebounding teams in the NBA to below their OREB% in five of them, including a ridiculously impressive effort opposite the best offensive rebounding team in the league, the Denver Nuggets.
Knicks Against Middle 10
In this grouping, three of the teams were above their average, one essentially identical and two significantly less.
Knicks Against Bottom 10
For this group, five teams were above their average, three essentially the same and one held below.
When looking at the statistics as a whole, the Knicks do a better job hitting the defensive glass against better offensive rebounding teams than they do against poor or mediocre ones.
While you never want to slack off in any area during games, to me its pretty clear when New York puts a focus to hit the defensive glass, they’re more than capable and it isn’t something I am overly concerned with right now. Obviously, it is something to keep an eye on and track as the year goes on.