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NBA Draft 2012 Grades: Teams That Added Dominant Rebounders Early

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 31:  Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts in the second half while taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the National Semifinal game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on March 31, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJuly 1, 2012

A solid rebounder is a necessary component for success in the NBA and a few teams were able to add a prospect who will dominate on the boards. 

Rebounding isn’t always about size and athleticism, but height, length and hops do help. But as Kevin Love has proved in the last couple seasons, technique and tenacity are more important than any physical tool.

Some prospects have the body to clean up the glass, others have the mentality, and a few special players have both.

Here are the teams that took a fantastic rebounder in the lottery. 

 

New Orleans Hornets, Pick No. 1—Anthony Davis

Grade: A

Anthony Davis is the best overall prospect in this draft and clearly deserving of the No. 1 pick. While his defense has earned him this distinction, he is also a dominant rebounder.

Davis grabbed 10.4 boards per game during his only season at Kentucky. He has a 7’6” wingspan and his ridiculous length allows him to be extremely effective on the glass.

His offensive game is still developing and he sometimes struggles on that end of the floor. Davis proved in the national championship game that he amps up his energy in other areas of the game when this happens.

In the final game of his college career, he only managed to score six points, but he grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked six shots. Davis is one of the few players in this draft who is capable of recording 20-plus rebounds in a game in the NBA.

 

Sacramento Kings, Pick No. 5—Thomas Robinson

Grade: A

Thomas Robinson is the best rebounder from this draft class.

He was second in the nation this past season with 11.9 boards per game. He is 6’9” with a 7’4” wingspan and has a fantastic motor. 

Robinson will be paired with DeMarcus Cousins, who averaged 10.9 rebounds a night. With those two in the frontcourt, it will be extremely difficult to grad boards against the Kings.

The former Kansas Jayhawk scores and defends well, but rebounding is his greatest attribute. This was an excellent pick for Sacramento.

 

Detroit Pistons, Pick No. 9—Andre Drummond

Grade: B+

The Pistons got extremely lucky to have Andre Drummond fall to them at No. 9. He is a remarkable talent, but there are also signs that he could be a bust in the NBA.

He recorded just 10.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game at Connecticut. Still, he is 7’0” with a 7’6” wingspan and incredible athleticism. 

Drummond must show more aggressiveness in order to be an effective rebounder, but his size, length and athleticism give him all the tools to dominate on the glass. 

The UConn center is a risky pick, but if lives up to his potential, he is a perfect fit with the Pistons.

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