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30Q: Did the Kings do enough this offseason to fix their rebounding?

Sacramento was one of the worst rebounding teams in the league last season. Did they do enough to fix that this summer?

Rebounding is an underrated aspect of defense.  After all, a stop doesn't actually become a stop unless you get the ball back.  In addition to being the worst defensive team in the league last season, the Kings were also among the worst rebounding teams, ranking 29th in defensive rebounding rate.

This summer the Kings made defense a priority above all else, and part of that was acquiring more size.  Sacramento re-signed Richaun Holmes and also brought back Alex Len.  They also traded Delon Wright for Tristan Thompson in a move that confused many fans but makes sense in the context of trying to help the team with their rebounding issues.

The Celtics weren't a phenomenal rebounding or defensive team last year, but they were slightly above the middle of the pack, ranking 14th in defensive rating and 13th in defensive rebounding rate.  Thompson is stronger as an offensive rebounder than on the defensive end, but the Celtics were better as a team on both ends in the minutes he was on the court last season.  Basketball-reference's on-off stats show the Celtics jumping from a 76.8% defensive rebounding to 80.4% with Thompson on the floor.  For reference, the best defensive rebounding team in the league last season was the Chicago Bulls, and they finished the season with a defensive rebounding rate of 80.3%.

Lest you think this might just be a one season outlier for Thompson, you have to go back to the 2014-15 season to find a year in which his team was better at rebounding when he was off the floor.  The team's acquisition of Thompson makes a lot more sense when you consider his rebounding prowess (although there are still issues of fit on both ends of the court).

Alex Len is another player who has had a similar effect for his team in recent years, even in his short time with the Kings a couple years ago.  With Len on the court, the Kings had a defensive rebounding rate of 80.5% and he had the highest defensive rebounding rate of anyone on the Kings that season.  The Kings as a team were pretty good on the glass as well, finishing 9th.  They still weren't all that good defensively (20th) but were still much better than last year.

Sacramento's strengths lie with their guards, but both De'Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton aren't particularly good rebounders so it's important that the Kings surround them with players that are.  By bringing back Holmes and adding on Thompson and Len, the Kings seem to at least be in a better position to compete on the glass than they were last season.  They may not be elite, but they should at the very least be better.

 

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1951
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September 16, 2021 10:05 am

Kinda hard to answer until we know if Bagley is going to be the Kings starting four this year or not.

Or if Buddy is going to be on the team or even starting, since he is actually an okay rebounder for a two.

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andy_sims
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September 16, 2021 11:23 am
Reply to  1951

But that wasn’t the question, as I understand it.

Did the Kings do enough in the offseason to fix their rebounding issues? I’d say yes.

Will the effect of these upgrades pan out into real numbers based on lineups? Unknown.

For what it’s worth, Bagley needs to get thirty minutes a night, as starter or off the bench. He remains an asset, and it would be irresponsible of the organization to not find out everything that it can about what that means.

Bagley could play himself into a position where he’d become the target of other teams during the season, or even make a good case that Sacramento not extending an offer might be a mistake. Marvin’s per 36 numbers suggest a player who can score and rebound, and if he remains healthy, he could still be a damned good player in the league.

Opinions will certainly vary on my assertions, but if your response is to bring up his family and social media stuff, neither of which actually matter, then please just call me a drooling moron, and spare me the rest.

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September 16, 2021 12:07 pm
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You’re a Sims Gemcity Drooling Moronabus. Probably right about Bagley, too, but that’s besides the point.

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September 16, 2021 3:29 pm
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All indisputable.

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September 16, 2021 6:39 pm
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AnybodyButBagley
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September 16, 2021 6:25 pm
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If Bagley earns his minutes let him play. If Bagley’s ultra stupid basketball IQ is impacting the game put him on the bench.

We know he can score. We also know he is the biggest liability in the NBA defensively.

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September 16, 2021 10:10 am

Uh, they have the same team. Len and Thompson ain’t gonna be on the floor when it matters. Unless Bagley has packed on 20 pounds of muscle and has suddenly become an Ironman with a tremendous feel for the game (yeah, right), nothing has changed.

Monte basically struck out in offdeaeson, except for bringing Richaun back.

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September 16, 2021 10:40 am
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I’d argue that Len and Thompson will be on the floor precisely when it matters the most: This team got utterly destroyed in the paint and on the glass last year any time Richaun was on the bench. If Len & Thompson can provide even mediocre big-man presence it will be a vast improvement AND allow the team to better manage Richaun’s minutes.

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September 16, 2021 11:36 am
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Whiteside played mostly in small lineups and mostly with Haliburton. Surprisingly a little, those small lineups with Haliburton were always bad defensive rebounding.

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September 16, 2021 7:51 pm

genuine question, was Richuan getting 29 minutes, one more than the year before, actually a problem?

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September 16, 2021 2:49 pm
Reply to  SexyNapear

Len is a solid rebounding backup big. I think he’ll hold his own. Personally hoping TT only plays when needed due to injuries.

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