03/14/12 10:43 am EST
Michael Levin over at Liberty Ballers put together an excellent post yesterday morning on Evan Turner’s prowess on the boards. According to Levin, ET’s 23.7 DREB% this season — the percentage of available rebounds on the defensive end that he grabs — is the highest ever recorded by a guard or a swingman in the history of the Association, and he bests No. 2 Jason Kidd’s 20.8 percent mark from 2006-’07 by a pretty ridiculous margin.
Now, as excited as I am by Turner’s emergence, and especially by unequaled his work on the glass, my enthusiasm is curbed by the fact that such a huge percentage of his rebounds come on the defensive end. Defensive rebounds, generally speaking, are easier to come by: if you don’t grab them, there’s a pretty high chance that somebody else on your team will. When Iguodala jokingly calls Turner a “rebound thief” — well, maybe jokingly — he’s sort of on to something.