…if you take:
Every rookie who has ever played in the NBA since 1946 …
Weed out everyone who played less than twenty minutes per game …
And sort them by who gets the highest percentage of total rebounds while on the court …
You’ll find that two current rookies are in the top ten all time. Which is really something.
One of them is Greg Oden, who is ninth at the moment. He’s ahead of people like Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson. Not bad. Not bad at all.
Another 2008-2009 rookie, however, is currently third all time. By this measure he’s ahead of Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Oakley, Buck Williams, and Bill Walton (trailing only Clifford Ray and Larry Smith, who were three years older in their rookie years than the boy I’m talking about).
This rookie is also better known for doing something besides rebounding.
But TrueHoop reader Larry has pointed out, and Basketball-Reference.com confirms, this player is certainly showing that he’s a special rebounder.
So … who is he?
Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Here’s the evidence.
His total rebounding percentage is greater than his age, which just about never happens. He’s only 20, but he grabs 21.3 percent of the rebounds while he’s on the court.