If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. This is an idiom that is presumed to be followed—quite literally—by all good offenses: If you miss, follow your shot and go for the offensive rebound.
We hear about second-chance points all the time and how they can be key to scoring at a high rate.
But for the San Antonio Spurs?
They don't need no stinking offensive rebounds.
The Spurs grab their own misses just 20.1 percent of the time, according to Basketball-Reference, giving them the worst rate in the entire NBA.
League average is 26.7 percent. The disparity may not jump out as glaring, but it is; we're talking about the difference between getting an offensive board once every five misses versus doing so more than once out of every four.
In a league where possessions are increasingly valued, that is significant.
In some ways, however, it isn't shocking that the Spurs have put together the league's seventh-best offense despite never grabbing their own misses.
The Miami Heat, for example, are the fourth-worst offensive rebounding team but have the league's second-best offense. The Boston Celtics also never prioritize grabbing their own misses, instead choosing to rotate players back to fortify their transition defense.
Really, offensive rebounding often comes down more to strategy than skill.
Still, it is surprising to see the Spurs in dead last—if even for no other reason than that that spot has been reserved for the Celtics for the past two seasons.