On the Rebound

Toronto’s Reggie Evans had surgery yesterday for a broken foot and is expected to be out at least two months. Evans has been leading the league in Rebound Percentage at 26.6%. His tenacity on the glass has been helping keep the Raptors heads above water and compensating for Andrea Bargnani’s woeful rebounding. The team has another above average rebounder in Amir Johnson and a rookie with solid potential in that area, in Ed Davis. Another solution however might be little used reserve Joey Dorsey.

Doresy has played for three different teams in his three seasons and has seen a total of just 192 minutes of game time. Like Evans, he is very limited at the offensive end with a career TS% of 53.8% and just a single field goal attempt from outside of 10ft. over the past three seasons. However, Dorsey has a career Rebound Percentage of 24.0% higher than Evans’ career number of 21.0%. Dorsey is also second in the NBA to Evans this season with a Rebound Percentage of 26.0%. This is not a fluke either. Dorsey posted a Rebound Percentage of 24.7% over 23 games and two seasons worth of play in the D-League. Dorsey also posted an Offensive Rebound Percentage of 15.2% and a Defensive Rebound Percentage of 25.7% his senior year at Memphis. Those numbers were good for 14th and 25th best in the nation.

In the two games since Evans went down with his foot injury Dorsey has been averaging about 19 minutes per game and pulling down 13.3 rebounds per 36 minutes. His Rebound Percentages in those two games was was 17.3% and 25.3%. Dorsey also has a very strong individual Defensive Rating of 100 in his limited minutes this season. When looking at Wins Produced we see Evans producing at a superstar level with a WP48 of 0.380. Again we are dealing with a limited sample size of just 80 minutes but Dorsey is producing at an unbelieveable rate with a WP48 of 0.448.

Dorsey commits fouls at an obscene rate, 6.8 per 36 minutes. He has clashed with coaches in the past reportedly doesn’t have the greatest attitude or work ethic. Dorsey isn’t the shot blocking presence that Amir Johnson is and he doesn’t have the long term potential of Ed Davis. But if the Raptors are just looking for someone to sop up some frontcourt minutes and fill in the gaping hole Evans’ departure leaves in their rebounding production Dorsey looks like a good option.



Filed under NBA, Statistical Analysis, Toronto Raptors

2 responses to “On the Rebound

  1. Yup, I’ve said this before.

    Next time I say it, I’ll link to you. Makes me look like less of a wacko if other people are saying the same things!

    • Thanks, I’m glad we’re on the same page. I saw that Dorsey got a DNP-CD last night. It looks like the minutes are just going to be going to Davis and Johnson in the short term.

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