Other than Friday night’s debacle in Houston, there hasn’t been a lot not to like about the New York Knicks 8-3 start to the season.
However one thing that really sticks out has been the Knicks performance on the glass- or lack of performance to be exact.
Through 11 games so far, the Knicks are only averaging 39.6 rebounds per game, good for 28th in the NBA. That hasn’t been a major factor so far, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
There have been several factors that have led to the low rebounding numbers so far and not all are negative.
One is the fact that the Knicks have gone mostly with a small lineup, with Carmelo Anthony at the 4. The Knicks have been a much more efficient team because of it and even though Anthony is averaging seven rebounds per game, the Knicks are generally smaller than the opposition mostly every night.
The Knicks also average only 9.6 offensive rebounds per game, which is 24th in the NBA. Some of that has to do with limited opportunity as the Knicks are shooting 45.5 percent (ninth in NBA) from the floor on the season.
But overall, this is not a very good rebounding team.
Tyson Chandler leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per game, but even his numbers are down from a season ago. In addition to Chandler and Anthony, J.R. Smith (5.1) is the only other Knicks player averaging more than five rebounds per game.
So far the Knicks have outrebounded the opposition inn only two of their 11 games to date (Indiana and New Orleans) and have grabbed 57 less rebounds (485-428) than their opponents. On the offensive glass, the disparity isn’t as bad as they have allowed only 10 more offensive boards (116-106).
It’s not a concern when the Knicks are playing good defense and shooting the ball well, but when they aren’t, it is something that could hurt them in the long run.
Sometimes Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson is going to have to go big at times, just for defensive and rebounding purposes.
That alone makes it very odd that Marcus Camby isn’t a part of the rotation, especially given the fact that Rasheed Wallace was out of the lineup Friday night.
You can’t get away with being beat on the glass every single night and rebounding is a problem that the Knicks must address sooner rather than later.
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