Lets look at what the Bulls have right now. The team as currently put together looks like a team with elite rebounding potential.
09 - 10 TRB%
Joakim Noah 20.4
Carlos Boozer 19.4
Kurt Thomas 15.8
Taj Gibson 15.4
Luol Deng 10.7
Look at this. In TRB% Boozer was 4th in the league last year (Noah didn’t qualify based on minutes). The top 4 being:
1 Camby 22.2
2 Howard 22.0
3 Dalembert 21.8
4 Boozer 19.4
At 20th position is Chris Kaman holding it down with a 15.8. As context, Karl Malone and Alonzo Morning both have a career mark of 15.9.
Yeah, our top four rebounders have top 20 rebounding talent. Considering that Gibson gets to go against NBA benches as opposed to starters and I expect his rate to go up. Asik as an athletic young 7’1” should be able to bring them boards down too. Luol Deng, while not having the rebound pct of the others, is known as a solid rebounding foward and should complement this group well.
What we’re looking at is an elite rebounding team. Not just beating opposing teams on the boards but crushing them. The counter argument I expect is that the Bulls led the league in rebounding last year, and they did in rebounds per game, but the differential between them and their opponent was 1.9, 9th best in the NBA (Cleveland was first at 4.0 with LeBron contributing a Deng like 11.1, and LeBron’s teammates never stepped up?). So the Bulls missed a lot of shots, and their foes will miss a lot of shots too, its just a matter of who picks up the most loose misses and the team as stands looks like a team that could steamroll other teams with rebounding, which would be something to take pride in and which will lead to wins.