On Friday night, Kevin Love became the first NBA player in 28 years to score 30-plus points and gather 30-plus rebounds in the same game, with his 31-point, 31-rebound effort against the New York Knicks.
The last player to come up with a 30-30 night? Moses Malone, all the way back in 1982. And no NBA player had gathered 30 rebounds in a night since Charles Barkley did in 1996.
So, yeah, Love had a pretty solid game, to say the least.
Sure, we can chalk up part of Love's breakout game to his opponent. I don't think anyone has ever accused Mike D'Antoni, the Knicks coach, or Amar'e Stoudemire, the current Knicks starting center, of being too preoccupied with defense.
Still, not every player who faces the Knicks pulls down 31 rebounds in a given night. Love's defensive intensity and true passion for rebounding played a huge factor in his monster game too.
Ironically, Love wrote a blog post for GQ this week about his perspective on rebounding: "For me, rebounding is all a mindset. My dad told me back in the day that there is no such thing as a selfish rebound because it's a team stat. If you have to fight one of your own teammates for a rebound, do it—as long as you get it."
In honor of Kevin Love and his monster 31-31 night, we present you with the 10 best rebounders in the NBA today.
Note: The offensive, defensive and total rebounding rate statistics used are all courtesy of Hoopdata.com. For ORR, DRR and TRR, only players that average 20-plus minutes were included in the league-wide rankings.
Glossary (from Basketball-Reference.com):
ORR: Offensive rebounding rate, or the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
DRR: Defensive rebounding rate, or the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.
TRR: Total rebounding rate, or the percentage of available total rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.