NBA Roundtable

Belinelli’s Rebounding

In General NBA on November 23, 2009 at 6:23 am

Marco Belinelli is one of the worst rebounding guards in the NBA.

How bad is he?

Well, if we run a search on and look for all guards (point guards + shooting guards) who played 500+ minutes last season we find 140 players. Now, let’s rank these players according to their rebounding rate.

Out of 140 guards, Marco Belinelli ranks 130th in rebounding rate.

This list includes 13 players who are six feet are shorter + 67 players who are 6 foot 3 or shorter. Again, this is list of all guards, point guards and shooting guards, and Marco Belinelli ranks 130th out of 140.

An Average Shooting Guard

  • An average shooting guard pulls down 4.5 rebounds per 36 minutes
  • Marco Belinelli averages 2.7 rebounds per 36. That’s his average for the 2009-10 season + career average. That’s a difference of 1.8 rebounds per 36 minutes.

An Average Small Forward

  • An average small forward pulls down 6 rebounds per 36 minutes
  • That’s a difference of 3.3 rebounds per 36 minutes … that’s about the same difference as Bargnani an average center.

Three Additional Thoughts

Marco Belinelli is a terrible rebounder

(1) Marco Belinelli (wing) and Andrea Bargnani (center) shouldn’t play alongside one another for the Raptors.

The rebounding hole that they create for the Raptors is extremely difficult to overcome. Especially after you consider that the Raptors only have mediocre rebounding point guards in Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack + sub-par rebounding small forwards in Hedo Turkoglu and Antoine Wright which only makes matters worse for the Raptors.

So, in summary, the Raptors need to do their best to keep Belinelli’s + Bargnani’s minutes apart from one another.

Side Note: If you follow Italy’s National basketball team … this is a major problem for your team in International play.

(2) Marco Belinelli should never play at the small forward position.

That rebounding hole, combined with the sub-par defense, makes it damn near impossible for him to have a consistent positive effect while playing at that position. He should be kept to either guard spot.

(3) DeMar DeRozan was pulling down 5.7 rebounds per 36. Oh, that’s actually risen to 6.2 boards per 36 after a strong rebounding game the other night. It’s still early so there’s a lot of volatility in those numbers (why I used last season’s rebounding numbers up above). Anyway, I expect that figure to drop. Entering into the season I was expecting DeRozan to pull down around 5.2 rebounds per 36.

So that’s:

  • Marco Belinelli — 2.7 rebounds per 36
  • Average two guard — 4.5 rebounds per 36
  • DeMar DeRozan — 5.2 rebounds per 36 … or 6 boards per 36 if he keeps up his current production (my expectation for future seasons for DeRozan but not as a rookie) and you can see a nice advantage piling up for the Raptors there.

DeMar DeRozan almost doubles up on Belinelli’s rebounding per minute. That’s a huge advantage and one that necessitates Belinelli to vastly out-perform DeRozan defensively+offensively, something which he regularly fails to achieve.

This is also the primary reason why DeRozan is currently the Raptors most effective shooting guard (rebounding advantage which helps lead to higher all round contribution for DeRozan).

  1. DeMar gives the Raps what they need from the SG spot – Boards!

    Neither Wright nor Belinelli do this – Free DD, more minutes = more rebounds!

  2. Hey Brothersteve,

    I’d like to see DeRozan get more minutes too.

    As the season goes on, and as he better learns the team’s schems offensively + defensively, I’m sure we’ll see more of him.

  3. Dave and brothersteve,

    DD’s main problem right now is the atrocious defense he is displaying.

    When he’s matched up against a cat like VC … it’s no contest.

    [i.e. in the first part of yesterday’s game, DD was very fortunate that his teammates were fully committed to providing help for him on Mr. Carter’s forays to the hoop, otherwise he would have eventually been “posterized”.

    Overall, there’s been a fair amount to like about what DD has shown, thus far, on the offensive side of the ball and in terms of rebounding … BUT, his D is going to need work down-the-road, if he’s going to become an all-around, high end player at the OG position.

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