Ranking the Best Rebounders Available in 2016 NBA Draft

January 13th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

The projected 2016 NBA draft class might not offer the same star power as 2015's, but it sure could produce some high-level rebounders.

A few prospects that lack offensive upside may even be able to earn first-round money and NBA roles just for their presence under the boards. 

I ranked the top rebounding prospects based on their current production and rebounding percentages (an estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabs while on the floor, per Sports-Reference.com), as well as the strength of their physical tools and instincts from an NBA perspective. The players with greater NBA potential were given the benefit of the doubt in close calls.


5. Brice Johnson (North Carolina, PF, Senior)

Rebounding percentage: 21.1 percent

Rebounds per game: 10.2

Johnson flipped the switch and returned to the North Carolina Tar Heels with bigger bounce and greater energy.

Though always a solid rebounder—Johnson averaged 12.1 boards per 40 minutes as a freshman and 12 ...

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