Hey… Did you know that in a week or so Kevin Garnett will become the new NBA all-time leader in defensive rebounds?
As it turns out, he’s only 10 rebounds shy of overtaking Karl Malone for the top spot (KG has 11,397, The Mailman has 11,406). Now, Timmy lies in third place at the moment, with 11,032 of them, and he’s grabbing more defensive rebounds per game than KG this season – 6.9 to 4.9, but at this rate he will pass him only next season, when The Big Ticket retires… Even taking into account that Garnett will miss more games than Timmy this season, and that perhaps KG’s averages will dip a little as the season progresses, the gap is still too big for Timmy to catch him.
BUT, if Timmy plays next season as well (and Ganett retires… unless he wants to set a new NBA record in playing 22 seasons), then he will pass him for sure.
Now, it’s true that the whole defensive rebounds statistics sucks, because they only started counting them in the 1973-74 season, but KG can still boast that in the past 43 years nobody grabbed more defensive rebounds than him. And that’s neat.
But still, I’m sorry Michael, but this stat sucks big time. Especially when you look at the huuuge margin by which Wilt and Bill Russell lead the all-time rebounds list and realize that they must have had something around 15,000-16,000 defensive rebounds each, and that’s a very conservative estimation…