THE DECADE'S BEST: Offensive rebounds, 2010 to 2020

Jun 10, 2020 by Print

Rebounding is often considered to be a matter of individual will more than size and that is even more true on the offensive glass. Good offensive rebounders must have good footwork, be consistently well positioned and plenty of video to study shots. But in the end, the desire to grab the ball ahead of all the other players who want it is paramount.

Longevity matters in accumulated stats and the extra games he accumulated making a record eight straight Final Fours and becoming a four-time EuroLeague champion has helped Kyle Hines pull down more offensive rebounds than any other EuroLeague player during the last decade. Hines had 26 of his those in his debut season with Brose Bamberg in 2010-11 and another 123 over his two ensuing championship-winning seasons with Olympiacos Piraeus. Hines did not slow down much during the past seven seasons with CSKA Moscow, piling up 542 total offensive boards to stand well clear atop the rankings for the last decade.

Among the players who made at least 75 appearances from January 2010 to the end of 2019, Joey Dorsey and Arturas Gudaitis have risen to the top in the average offensive rebounding rankings. Dorsey played parts of five seasons in the EuroLeague with Caja Laboral Vitoria-Gasteiz, Olympiacos and FC Barcelona. His resume includes helping Olympiacos win the 2012 title. Dorsey averaged between 1.8 and 2.7 rebounds in each of his five seasons. Gudaitis also has five EuroLeague seasons under his belt - two with Zalgiris Kaunas and the last three with AX Armani Exchange Milan. In each of the last four seasons, he has averaged between 1.6 and 3.3 offensive rebounds per game.

Only three times in the past decade has a player pulled down a double-digit amount of offensive rebounds in one game. The first to do it was Alen Omic playing for Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a road loss against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul in November 2012. Omic, who was just 20 years old at the time, achieved it in just 13 minutes on the floor. A little more than three years later, in early January 2016, Fenerbahce's Jan Vesely did it in a big road victory at Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. Finally, in December 2018, Gudaitis had 10 offensive boards playing for Milan in a home loss against Herbalife Gran Canaria.

The best single-season average during the last decade belongs to Boban Marjanovic, who posted 3.5 offensive boards per game with Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade during the 2014-15 season. The 2.21-meter big man, who also played for CSKA Moscow and Zalgiris Kaunas earlier in the decade, set the single-season record at the time with 83 total offensive boards in 24 appearances, too. Due to the increase of the number of games, that mark for total offensive rebounds has been tied or surpassed eight times since then, with Vincent Poirier pulling down unprecedented 117 offensive rebounds with KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz. Poirier came just 1 offensive rebound shy of breaking Marjanovic's record for average, too.