Whatever metric you choose to use to showcase DeAndre Jordan’s rebounding, whether it be SportsVU, rebounding percentage, or rebounds per game, it’s clear that he’s been one of the best, if not the best, rebounders in the league this season.
And he’s shown that throughout the season as he’s piled on the most 20-plus rebound games this season, his most recent coming in the blowout against the Philadelphia 76ers where he grabbed 20 last night. Here is the list of multiple 20-rebounders this season:
DeAndre Jordan – 6
Dwight Howard – 4
LaMarcus Aldridge – 3
Andre Drummond, Anderson Varejao – 2
Prior to this season, Jordan had compiled only three 20-rebound games in his career, but has doubled that output due to what is a breakout season for the young forward. The nine 20-rebound games places Jordan third on the Clippers all-time list behind Michael Cage (11) and Marcus Camby (10) (via Basketball Reference), and considering how he’s hit the boards this season, it’s not far-fetched to think that he may top the two aforementioned players by seasons end.
One can point to Jordan’s increase in playing time as the sole reason behind his rebounding surge, jumping from 25.4 minutes per game under Vinny Del Negro to 35.9 minutes per game under Doc Rivers, but his improvement on the glass has been inspired by some of the bigger front lines in the NBA.
“It’s a little bit of everything. Last year that was kind of a knock on us, that we didn’t rebound well enough to beat teams and that that was going to be our Achilles heel. So that was something I really worked on. Especially not giving up second-chance points to teams, especially a team like Memphis because those guys are so big and they go hard every time. That was a team that motivated me to do it more.” (EOB Q&A: DeAndre Jordan and the evolution of an NBA big man)
And that effort has shown in all stats: his defensive rebounding percentage his jumped from 22.4 percent to 29.6 percent, fifth in the NBA. His total rebounding percentage has jumped from 17.6 percent to 21.8 percent, second in the NBA. He’s second in offensive rebounds behind Andre Drummond, and leads the league in defensive rebounds (535), at least 50 up on Kevin Love, leads the league in rebounds per game with 14.1.