The Brooklyn Nets are a team whose statistical performances are not reflective of the caliber players on their roster. By that, of course, I'm referring to their ineptitude on the glass.
Even with Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries and Andray Blatche on the roster, the Nets rank 15th in rebounds per game.
Evans presently ranks first in the NBA with 20.0 rebounds per 48 minutes. Blatche sits at 12th at 15.8 per 48, while Humphries ranks 15th at 15.5.
Even still, the Nets can't crash the boards. Look no further than the man who would be elite, by today's standards, if he could contribute in said area: Brook Lopez.
Lopez continues to be a non-factor on the glass, pulling down 6.8 rebounds per game despite averaging 29.7 minutes. Evans and Humphries, meanwhile, average 8.1 apiece despite playing 19.5 and 25.1 minutes, respectively.
Even Blatche averages 6.6 boards in 20.1 minutes.
If the Nets want to develop a team identity, it all starts on the glass. Most specifically, it all starts with Lopez buying in to Evans and Humphries' style of play.
He needs to stop throwing his arms up and asking for offensive fouls when he gets boxed out. Instead, Lopez should push right back, gain position and pull down the boards.
Lopez has the body for it, so where are the results?