I sat down at a Borders store yesterday and spent some time reading "The Art of a Beautiful Game".
One chapter is on rebounding, and there's a quote in there by Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey that caught my attention.
The reason I take notice when he speaks on statistics is that he has a reputation for finding and using statistics that many people still don't or won't.
He seems to find stats that help him accumulate talented players that may otherwise not appear to be that good (think Shane Battier or Chuck Hayes).
By the way, notice how his roster without its stars is still doing pretty well out West.
Anyway, here's the quote:
Intrigued, I wondered if there was any place to find such a stat.
Thankfully, 82games.com provides.
Here is how our bigs (Foster, Tyler, Roy, Murphy, Solo) shake out.
Keep in mind what we're looking at here is the percentage of possible rebounds (offensive, defensive, and in total) the Pacers, as a team, got.
So if there were a possible 30 defensive rebounds to be had, and the Pacers got 20 of them, then their defensive rebounding percentage would be about 67%.
What this stat does is show what those %'s are with Player X on the floor, and then those %'s when Player X is NOT on the floor.
It's also important to keep in mind this isn't a perfect stat because it falls into the dreaded +/- zone where other players can impact another player's numbers. But I like it better than pure +/- because there are so many more factors that could mess with that number. At least with rebounds things are slightly less wide-open as to why they are what they are.
These #'s are as of 12/16/09:
Off Reb: 31.2% on the floor, 24.8% off the floor, net gain 6.4%
Def Reb: 74.5% on the floor, 68.6% off the floor, net gain 5.7%
Tot Reb: 52.8% on the floor, 46.8% off the floor, net gain 6.0%
Off Reb: 31.3% on the floor, 23.8% off the floor, net gain 7.5%
Def Reb: 71.8% on the floor, 69.3% off the floor, net gain 2.5%
Tot Reb: 51.6% on the floor, 46.6% off the floor, net gain 5.0%
Off Reb: 23.5% on the floor, 28.4% off the floor, net loss 4.9%
Def Reb: 68.5% on the floor, 71.4% off the floor, net loss 2.9%
Tot Reb 46.0% on the floor, 49.9% off the floor, net loss 3.9%
Off Reb: 23.8% on the floor, 28.4% off the floor, net loss 4.6%
Def Reb: 69.6% on the floor, 70.3% off the floor, net loss 0.7%
Tot Reb: 46.7% on the floor, 49.4% off the floor, net loss 2.6%
Off Reb: 27.5% on the floor, 25.9% off the floor, net gain 1.6%
Def Reb: 67.1% on the floor, 70.7% off the floor, net loss 3.6%
Tot Reb: 47.3% on the floor, 48.3% off the floor, net loss 1.0%