The Memphis Grizzlies Are Outstanding at Nabbing Offensive Rebounds
When Lionel Hollins took over the Memphis Grizzlies back in 2009 it was amazingly his third stint at the helm of this team. He is leading the 2012-13 Grizzlies to their best season ever, and while their team defense gets a lot of attention it is also worth commenting on their big-time ability to grab offensive rebounds (article on teams best season is HERE and article on Grizz team defense is HERE).
In Hollins’ third go-around with the Grizz they have finished in the top-7 every season for offensive rebounds, including no.1 once, and they are currently no.2 this season. It is hard to say that the Grizzlies can get to no.1 again this season as recently they lost offensive rebound contributors like Rudy Gay and prior to that Marreese Speights, and new guys like Austin Daye, Ed Davis, and Tayshaun Prince are not overly effective on the offensive glass, but big men Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are capable of carrying the load (Tony Allen chips in too, and to a lesser extent so does Darrell Arthur).
Gasol is very solid as an offensive rebounder despite taking small steps backwards the last few seasons in that area as he averaged 1.9 offensive boards each of those seasons. That is not exactly bad, but his potential is closer to 2.5 and that is where he likely finish this season. His partner in the post, Randolph, is one of the premier offensive rebounders in the NBA. The veteran averages 3.0 offensive rebounds in his career, and this is the third season where he is averaging north of 4. The last few years where Randolph has been healthy has seen him as a top-3 rebounder when his teammates miss shots.
I don’t really feel like the Grizzlies ability to snag offensive boards has led to increased offensive production, but in the playoffs I can see it being an asset in a close game where grabbing a teammates miss could mean kicking it out and starting the shot clock over again. This team plays such good defense that their offensive rebounds create less offensive possessions/opportunities for their foes. That formula has been stacking W’s for the 2012-13 Grizzlies.