Balancing this tradeoff would definitely require careful judgement. Interestingly, there is also a relationship between shot distance and offensive rebounding rate, something which was previously demonstrated by Rajiv Maheswaran, the CEO of Second Spectrum, in a Sloan paper. The ball traveled surprisingly far on a number of these shots missed at the rim landing from four to six feet 26 percent of the time and from seven to 21 feet 19 percent of the time , presumably as a result of spectacularly botched dunks and alley-oops. Missed shots that came from inside the restricted area tended to be rebounded before they left the restricted area 53 percent of the time. Based on this analysis, what recommendations might we give a team who wants to win more offensive rebounds?
Rhea. Age: 23.
The second suggestion — to drive to the rim as frequently as possible — also makes some sense.
Jaliyah. Age: 27.
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Luckily for us, Darryl Blackport bballport — the architect responsible for the vast warehouse of facts and figures over at PBPstats. Attacking the rim forces help defenders to rotate, leaving offensive rebounders free to hit the glass. For more basketball stories told through analytic insights, check out Nylon Calculus and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.