Rebound (basketball)

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As Rebound refers to the still uncontrolled ball after a failed attempt of shooting the basketball , usually after bouncing off the board or ring. Rebounding means catching this ball.

Rebounds also include airballs , blocked throws and jump balls that result from an undecided fight for a rebound.

A basic distinction is made between the offensive and the defensive rebound:

  • an offensive rebound is attributed to the attacking team (the attacking team remains in possession of the ball)
  • a defensive rebound is attributed to the defending team (possession changes)

The rebound is awarded to the player who first has control of the ball. This can also mean that the ball is tapped in a controlled manner to a better positioned teammate. Bad throws that go out of bounds before a player gains control of the ball are recorded as so-called team rebounds.

The statistics show the rebounds per player, so that you have an overview of how many rebounds he gets on average.

  • rpg = rebounds per game (common abbreviation in basketball)
  • rps = rebound per game (abbreviation in German-speaking countries)

To be a successful rebounder, you have to have good jumping ability, physical size is also an advantage. In addition, coordination is required in order to take into account the exact time when the ball is lowered and thus to be able to react quickly. Assertiveness and enough weight should not be missing either. A strong rebounder makes the defense work easier and relieves the offensive, especially if you don't have such good shooters on the team.

The most famous rebounder is Dennis Rodman . The NBA record for the most rebounds in a game, however, is held by Wilt Chamberlain . He got 55 rebounds on Nov. 24, 1960. He also holds the record for most rebounds scored by any player in the NBA at 23,924. The most successful still active player in terms of rebounds is Dwight Howard with 12,969. (As of March 24, 2018)

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