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Daily Digits: The Wizards aren’t a bad rebounding team, they’re a historically bad rebounding team

NBA: Washington Wizards at Portland Trail Blazers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the Wizards’ rebounding percentage (a calculation of the percentage of available rebounds the team grabs) this season, which is...


The Wizards have the worst rebounding percentage in the league, and it isn’t close. The Grizzlies, who are 29th in rebounding percentage, pull in 46 percent of their rebounds.

That isn’t just the worst rebounding rate in the league this season, it’s the worst rate in the league over the past decade. To give you some context, the 2009-10 Warriors had the lowest rebounding rate of the last ten seasons, and they still grabbed 45.3 percent.

Dwight Howard should get Washington back to respectability when he returns, that isn’t a fix for everything. We still don’t know when he’ll get back on the court, and even once he does, there’s always a risk he could get injured again, and then Washington is right back where they are now. Even when he’s healthy, he won’t be able to play all 48 minutes which means there’s going to be times each game when Washington reverts back to being the worst rebounding team we’ve seen in a decade.