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Oden: An All-Time Rebounding Great

I just about bust a gut -- both from anger and from laughing -- when people say Oden is a bust. 

Exactly the opposite.  He is rebounding with the all-time greats.  His offensive rebounding percentages (www.basketball-reference.com) are off the charts.  It is being masked by his foul trouble, short playing time, and the Blazers slow and efficient offensive pace.

He rebounds 16.1% of his offensive rebounding opportunities.  This is equivalent to Moses Malone (16.3%) and below only Dennis Rodman (17.2%).

He is notably above some of the great offensive rebounders of all time.  Barkley is 12.5%, Buck Williams is 11.8%, Shaq is 11.8%, Hakeem is 10.3%, and Duncan is 10.1%.

So you can say that he is 1/3 better than Buck Williams in offensive rebounding!  How about 60% better than Duncan?  That's something!

And Greg is just starting, getting used to the league and its higher level of big man competition, and only partially back from major surgery that has a two year recovery period.  As he matures, watch out!

 

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