Howard finished second in rebounding, but he was also the only guy on his team even trying on the boards and played nearly 40MPG to get it.
Just my opinion, but I think Reggie is a better pure rebounder. Dwight's better at absolutely everything else though.
I remember reading somewhere that Reggie Evans NEVER pays attention in the huddle, now I notice it every time. He's usually watching the cheerleaders, the Jumbotron, pacing around, or just spacing out.
4 points a game makes sense..he never knows what play they're running.
- Dwight Howard grabs 20.9% of available rebounds (21.8% last season)
- Reggie Evans grabs 21.1% of available rebounds (25.6% last season)
- Kevin Love grabs 22.2% of available rebounds (23.6% last season)
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Them 2 should never be in the same sentance when it comes to basketball comparisons, except for the fact they are both in the NBA.
Howard doesn't grab as many rebounds because the shots he blocks don't count as boards....and the shots he alters such that the player turns the ball over or the shot goes out of bounds doesn't count either. Then there's the fact teams are more likely to shoot from distance to avoid his reach, you have boards that are harder to grab by a guy in the paint like Dwight because the ball will bounce further off the rim.
Great rebound stats though...;)
The only thing is you're talking volume, not percentage. I won't argue that Dwight is a better shotblocker and defender, but he doesn't pull in boards as efficiently as Evans does. That's why I would call Evans a better rebounder. Your analysis was well put though.
Solomon Jones had just turned 25 when he was signed. Pacers was way over the cap and for him to sign Solo was a good move at the time. Bird took a chance on him to continue developing. And Solo was thrown into playing center most of the time on that skinny frame. Solo is really a PF.
Now, Pacers do not have a cap issue. If thats the type of talent he brings in having tons of options, He will be fired. He has no excusses now and he almost didn't have a job already.
If Evans could stay healthy, then I might be some what ok with it. But, this isn't the case. He has only had 3 out of 10 decent seasons and one shouldn't count last years all time rebound effort. Someone up there in Toronto has to get some rebounds off all those missed FG's.
I would rather have Bob back anyways if we can't do better then that.
My takeaway is that Reggie is a fantastic rebounder and is more productive in that aspect of the game than Howard is. I definitely wouldn't want to imply anything more than that, but again your point is very well taken. That's why Dwight is a top-5 player in the league and Evans is simply a great rebounder.
I think Humphries could make a solid starter, but the trick is not overpaying. That's complicated - as mentioned previously - by his contract year jump. I think at best we're talking 8/8 to 10/10 range + a block.
Personally, I'd rather have a bit more scoring and/or shotblocking potential from my PF. However, if we get into a situation of looking to just add rebounding/toughness depth, I am not opposed. This is where the price comes in. Someone would likely offer him more than what I think he's worth. Hopefully not us.
So, at a moderate price tag for what I think his production would be, I'd say fine. But what do you think he will command coming of last year?