Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
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. 

Research shows that NBA players generally steal about 2/3 of their defensive rebounds from teammates.  Offensive rebounds on the other hand you steal, almost exclusively, from opponents.  And Turner doesn’t get those.  While he leads all SGs in total rebounds (obviously), he is only 34th among all SGs in offensive rebounds per game.

Levin doesn’t really touch on this, but he does shed light on something, to my knowledge, heretofore unmentioned about Turner: the greatest aspect of his defensive rebounding might not be the sheer volume of boards he grabs, but what he does with them.

He pushes the ball.  Hard.

Well aware the Sixers’ struggles in half court sets, Turner turns an unusually high percentage of his D-rebounds into breaks.  Of the 34 defensive rebounds he’s grabbed in the past, he’s pushed it up-court 14 times and only turned it over once.  Courtesy of the Sixers PR Department we also learn that over the past three games, the 7-6 is averaging 22.7 fast break points (68 total) after averaging 13.3 FB ppg the 24 games prior and and 15.7 overall this season (eighth in NBA).

Goes a long way towards explaining the Sixers’ impressive Turn(er)-around over the last three games.  *Sigh*


3 Responses to “EVAN TURNER — GLASS GOAT?”

  1. Collision of Souls
    14. March 2012 at 11:20

    We can analyze this all we want, and I know that Collins has, but the conclusion that Collins came to, was that Evan Turner was going to start and play big minutes. We know this has been a short-term solution to a very big scoring problem. If you take Milwaukee out of the mix, His 26 and 24 points and his also big rebounding performance speaks volumes. We weren’t even scoring 100 pts when he was coming off the bench but that has changed.

    This guy is starting to display to many why Philly picked him. I am ecstatic about his attitude and about the impending adn inevitable surge that will come when Hawes returns.

    This is all good!

  2. doug
    14. March 2012 at 13:37

    yes yes yes, right on..

  3. Sloetry
    14. March 2012 at 16:40

    Would you really want your guard chasing offensive rebounds? Would leave you very open to fast breaks if your opponents got their defensive rebound. And if your defensive rebounds are being stolen by a team mate, then your opponents could also steal them… better someone on your own team with quicker reactions does it.

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