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Old 01-22-2011, 12:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN: Bargnani made Bosh a better rebounder

Could Bargnani's rebounding deficiencies have had a boosting effect on Bosh’s rebounding numbers?

Yes, it does appear that Bosh not-so-magically rebounded better when Bargnani was at his side in Toronto. Looking at the 2009-10 data, Bosh collected more rebounds with Bargnani in the game than when Bargnani was off the court.

Now, it's conceivable that there's something else going on here. Bargnani could be such a poor shooter that there are more available rebounds simply because Bargnani's missing more shots. But that theory doesn't hold much water.
In the end, the case of Bosh's rebounding serves as a lesson for us basketball fans. Sometimes we rush to judgment when we see a big change in a player's statistics and place the blame squarely on the individual. But as we're seeing with Bosh, basketball players are also products of their environment.

Context matters.
Chris Bosh's 'Bargnani Effect' - Heat Index Blog - ESPN
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