Stat: Evan Turner leads all guards with a rebound rate of 13.3, a full three points higher than second place Mike Miller.
Take: What Turner’s doing on the glass is on par with LeBron James’ epic PER in terms of truly amazing statistics this season. That he’s doing it for a Philadelphia team that’s primed for a playoff berth despite lacking bigs that rebound with any aggression or consistency – Hawes, Brand, and Young, oh my! – is especially noteworthy, as without Turner’s superhuman efforts the Sixers would go from a poor rebounding team to one of the league’s worst.
More impressive than his overall total is Turner’s defensive rebound rate, which is an astounding 24.2. For comparison, this would rank 13th in the league among centers and ninth among power forwards. The second-year pro’s mark is 3.7 points higher than James’ small forward-leading tally of 20.5, and almost eight points better than Paul George’s 16.5, who is second behind Turner among shooting guards. Overall, the sneaky long, strong, 6’7” Turner’s DRR is 21st in the NBA.
Obviously, Turner has a long way to go to justify his selection as the second overall pick in the 2010 draft. That he’s carved out a niche in 2012 as the league’s best rebounder from the perimeter is a great indicator of his growth and commitment to effort, though, and a sure sign that he’s far from reached his ceiling as a player.