Numbers Game: How Missed Shots Impact Rebounds
Numbers Game: How Missed Shots Impact Rebounds

This article is part of our Numbers Game series.

A few weeks ago, I showed that opponent rebound percentage has a big impact on the performance of the players who grab a lot of boards. It was one of the most conclusive findings I've been able to make since the launch of this column. Yet, it left me unsatisfied. Surely there must be more to life, I mean rebounding, than opponent rebound percentage? The connection was established, but there must be other factors that can help us predict successful rebounding, right?

Specifically, I wondered about missed shots. The Knicks miss seven more shots per game than the Jazz. The Rockets miss twice as many threes as the Spurs. Logically, extra misses should mean ...

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Alex Rikleen
Rikleen writes the NBA column "Numbers Game," which decodes the math that underpins fantasy basketball. A certified math teacher, Rikleen decided the field of education pays too well, so he left it for writing. He is a Boston College graduate living in Delaware.
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