The Dallas Mavericks rebounding drought may be over
By Kohl Rast
The last time the Dallas Mavericks were in the top half of the league in total rebounds was the year 2011-12. Since then, they have had a lot of trouble getting to the league average. The addition of DeAndre Jordan could change that in no time.
When the Dallas Mavericks agreed to a deal with DeAndre Jordan this summer, they filled a lot of needs right away. An above the rim threat was a big one, as Dallas hasn’t had a consistent player there since Tyson Chandler. A defensive presence in the middle was very important as well. However, the most important impact Jordan made for Dallas was giving them a top-level rebounder.
When I think of the problems that the Mavs have had over the past few years, a list starts to form. One of the things that would be brought up for pretty much every season is that Dallas needs help on the boards. This includes rebounding on either side of the court and DeAndre Jordan offers a big boost in that department.
In the past five seasons, Jordan has averaged over 14 rebounds per game. That is an incredible number and one that will push the Mavs to a successful year on the glass. Some of Dallas’ best years have come along with many of their best rebounding years ever. I am hoping that is not a coincidence.
Last year, Dallas was led in rebounding by Harrison Barnes, a small forward. After Barnes was Dwight Powell, followed by Dirk Nowitzki. In fact, the year before last, HB and Dirk led the team in rebounds as well. It will be nice to see a center take over the rebounding role once again.
If I were to guess, I believe that DeAndre Jordan can pull the Mavs back into the top half of the NBA in rebounding. With five consecutive years of over 1000 rebounds in a season, DJ is bound to push the team forward and hopefully drive them right into the playoffs.