Increased playing time benefiting Dampier
- As we come to a close of the 2004 NBA regular season, I'm not quite sure if we should congratulate 5-foot-5 point guard Earl Boykins for grabbing 0.5 offensive rebounds per game off the bench or chastise 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming for grabbing only 2.4 offensive rebounds per game as a starter.
Do we fire Jeff Bzdelik while offering sainthood to Hubie Brown when they're only nine games apart in the standings and closing?
Carmelo or LeBron?
Should second-year players really be eligible for Most Improved honors?
Kevin Garnett versus, well, um . . . Kevin Garnett?
Most of these questions will come down to opinion and taste and regional bias mixed in with a little corporate NBA agenda with one week left in the season.
And that's what I like most about the offensive rebound.
There are no excuses, or ifs, ands or maybes. It is a singular, deliberate effort made in the heat of transition, often alone and subject to no one's interpretation of the rules or guidelines. And, so often, never rewarded.
Until today as we gather all of he starters from each of the 29 NBA teams and see who are the best and worst offensive rebounders in the league.
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