The Philadelphia 76ers rank last in points allowed, but you can’t blame the rebounding as a factor. Rebounding has been one of their strengths this season. They’re currently ranked fourth in the league (45.7 rebounds per game).
A major part has been the current big three of Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young. The biggest factor has probably been Hawes, who’s currently ninth overall in the league in rebounds averaging 10.1 per game.
Young has also been a major factor. More than half his rebounds are on the offensive end (2.7 offensive rebounds per game). He’s averaging 6.9 rebounds per game. His 6-foot-9 frame and quickness at the power forward position allows Young to grab the offensive boards.
Turner has also been a contributor. He’s seventh amongst small forwards in rebounds averaging 6.9 rebounds. Surprisingly, Turner is a rebounding machine. At 6-foot-7, he’s rebounding more like a 6-foot-11 power forward.
The Sixers haven’t been at full strength all season and they’ve been undersized without their big men Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie. They’ve been doing well without both players.
The Sixers rank high on the rebounding end, but are average in rebound differential. They’re 15th in the league with a plus-0.2 differential.
Part of the reason for the success with the boards is a lack of a star and minutes given to the Sixers three players. All three averages over 32 minutes per game and coach Brett Brown has the team focusing on cleaning up the boards. Hawes’ role is also crucial. He’s having a career season. Most of his stats have gone up, especially rebounding.
The Sixers lack a true center and Brown came from the San Antonio Spurs who had a starting center such as Tim Duncan become the cornerstone. The Sixers need a seven-footer such as Hawes while Noel sits out.
The Sixers are doing poorly on the court, but can take rebounding to their advantage next season with Noel back in the lineup.