In the well-spaced modern NBA, the lane is less congested and there’s more space to fly in and fight for offensive rebounds. Keeping possessions alive on the offensive glass is a valuable, but often overlooked skill. Though length and athleticism certainly help one’s chances of bringing down an offensive board, much of the art of offensive rebounding is tied to technique and effort.
In our seventh Film Room Friday installment, the PBC scouting team has performed a deep-dive into prospects with potential to translate as tenacious offensive rebounders and putback threats.
To provide some context, let’s first lay out a few examples of NBA players that excel at crashing the offensive glass and converting on second chance opportunities.
NBA Rookies: Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Mitchell Robinson
NBA Veterans: Domantas Sabonis, Montrezl Harrell, Enes Kanter
Recent NBA Retirees: Nikola Peković, David Lee, Al Jefferson
These lists are not meant as rankings, and are certainly non-exhaustive, but serve the purpose of providing some familiar examples of NBA players that exemplify this skill set.
Within the 2019 NBA Draft class, there are a handful of prospects that stand out as projectable putback artists. Among those ranked in the top 45 on consensus big boards are Zion Williamson, Brandon Clarke, and Grant Williams. One of the most effective non-big putback artists in this year’s draft class is Purdue Fort Wayne’s John Konchar, who we recently featured in a PBC Mid Major Big Game scouting feature.
Below, we will highlight three 2019 NBA Draft eligible prospects ranked outside of the top 45 on consensus big board rankings with the potential to add value in transition at the next level:
Big | 6’9’’ | 230 | Senior | Alabama
PBC Consensus Ranking: 138
Donta Hall (#0) is an athletic big for Alabama. He is very active on the offensive glass, which helps his team get more opportunities. According to Synergy, Hall ranks in the 96th percentile on putbacks by converting at a rate of 1.489 PPP. He uses his athleticism and activity to his advantage and is able to grab plenty of offensive rebounds and even throws down some emphatic putback. If you watch closely, you can see how he reads the ball well when the shot goes up and is able to position himself nicely to secure the rebound.
Forward | 6’6’’ | 227 | Junior | Vermont
PBC Consensus Ranking: 149
Anthony Lamb (#3) isn’t as tall as you’d think when talking about someone who is impressive on the offensive glass, but he gets the job done. At 6’6” 227 pounds, Lamb is able to use his strength to get good positioning down low. He ranks in the 95th percentile on putbacks, which is very impressive given his size. In addition to using his strength, Lamb is able to extend and reach over defenders to grab some offensive boards even though he isn’t that tall.
Forward | 6’9’’ | 220 | Freshman (Redshirt) | Dayton
PBC Consensus Ranking: NR
Obi Toppin (#1) is a very intriguing prospect from Dayton. He is really able to use his length on the glass to bring down offensive rebounds. He is also able to use his athleticism for emphatic putback dunks. In addition to Toppin’s length and athleticism, he reads the ball off the glass well. He knows where he to move to be in the right position to grab the rebound or when to jump for his putback dunks. Toppin ranks in the 99th percentile on putbacks by converting at a 1.683 PPP clip.
*Stats courtesy of Synergy Sports
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