Most of the summer’s marquee free agents have found teams, so clubs still looking for upgrades likely have to turn their attention to bargains and specialists at this point. Few of the players still available can make significant contributions in a wide array of statistical categories, but plenty have carved out a niche and can help a team looking to shore up a particular area of need, be it scoring, rebounding, ball distribution, three-point shooting, or another phase of the game.
Last week, I looked at the top scorers on the free agent market, and the focus today is on the best rebounders available. Pistons restricted free agent Greg Monroe appears on both lists, to no one’s surprise, but so do Michael Beasley, Andray Blatche, Andrew Bynum, Jermaine O’Neal and Antawn Jamison, making them attractive options as well.
The top 15 remaining free agents by rebound rate (a percentage of missed shots they rebounded) are listed below. Their rebound rate for 2013/14 is listed in parentheses. Players who averaged fewer than 10 minutes per game and appeared in fewer than 20 contests this past season aren’t included.
- Gustavo Ayon (16.9%)
- Andrew Bynum (15.8)
- Greg Monroe (15.4%)
- Jermaine O’Neal (15.0%)
- Elton Brand (14.8%)
- Andray Blatche (14.4%)
- Daniel Orton (13.1%)
- Michael Beasley (13.0%)
- Greg Stiemsma (13.0%)
- Chris Singleton (12.8%)
- Hedo Turkoglu (12.6%)
- Kenyon Martin (12.5%)
- Antawn Jamison (12.3%)
- Dante Cunningham (11.0%)
- (tie) Earl Clark (10.5%); Ekpe Udoh (10.5%)
- Jason Maxiell (10.0%) would have been next on the list.
- Aron Baynes (16.6%), Greg Oden (16.0%) and Josh Harrellson (13.1%) all would have qualified, but they fell narrowly short of the minimum 10 minutes per game.
- Jan Vesely (13.9%) and Anthony Randolph (12.5%) would have appeared on the list had they not come to terms with teams from overseas.