The New York Knicks have plenty of talent in the frontcourt but, their size has not exactly translated to a dominance on the glass. The team ranks a mere 23rd in the league in rebounds per game, grabbing just 41 boards per contest.
Tyson Chandler is great on the glass, averaging 11.2 rebounds per game, but often he does not have much help. Carmelo Anthony can be a strong rebounder when he is playing side, but when he is forced to play out on the perimeter, it greatly limits his effectiveness on the glass.
Having Amar'e Stoudemire back has helped, as STAT is averaging 4.6 boards per night, but his minutes are still being monitored. He has been called upon more to provide an inside scoring punch than to provide a presence on the glass.
Even during his best years with the Phoenix Suns, Stoudemire was never the kind of dominant rebounder someone with his body type should have been.
From the perimeter, J.R. Smith can crash the glass, and Jason Kidd, even at his age, remains one of the best rebounding guards in the league, but the team still struggles to assert itself on the boards and at times can be completely overwhelmed.
The team also plays a good bit of small ball with 'Melo at the power forward, something that obviously makes them vulnerable on the boards.
Injuries, which we'll discuss later, have certainly hurt New York in the bounding department. With Marcus Camby (3.7 rebounds in 10.4 minutes) and Rasheed Wallace (4.2 boards in 14.6 minutes), both missing the brunt of the season, the Knicks have been exposed by larger teams.
Surprisingly, New York is good at keeping opponents off the offensive glass, ranking first in the league by giving up just 9.8 offensive boards per game.
Still, in the playoffs, when possessions are at a premium, it would pay for the Knicks to add another rebounding presence if Camby and Wallace are not healthy.