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Rebounding for two

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Reggie Evans is a rebounding guru. It’s almost religious, the way he goes about his business.

Twenty-two rebounds. In one game. Three more than all of his teammates. Fifteen in the first half. Five fewer than the entire Philadelphia 76ers starting lineup. Or, if you’d like to look at it this way: Twenty-two rebounds, as many as Andrea Bargnani has grabbed in his last 5 games combined.

But I don’t like to look at it that way.

Bargnani will never rebound enough. It’s best to accept him for who he is, love him, and move on. Plus, Evans is rebounding for two. Per 36 minutes, Reggie is averaging the fewest points (4.9), but the most rebounds (16.3), of his career. Combined, per 36 minutes, Bargnani and Evans are good for more than 20 rebounds. Good enough. Andrea will score, Reggie will rebound.

In conclusion:¬†Reginald Jamaal Evans must never, ever leave. Thanks to his exploits, and the work of Amir Johnson, the¬†power forward position is the only productive one the Raptors boast, and it isn’t even close.

Finally, a Canada Goose-inspired warm welcome to Jerryd Bayless. In his debut, the backup point guard combined with Jose Calderon for 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting, 11 assists, five rebounds, and only two turnovers, reminding me of the good old Caldeford days. It’s surely all downhill from here.

Four wins in a row. A half-game out of a playoff spot. Only two games behind the Miami Heat.

Image of Reggie doin’ work courtesy of Reuters, via daylife.

Written by Navin Vaswani

November 25th, 2010 at 2:38 am

6 Responses to 'Rebounding for two'

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  1. Every winning team needs one guy on the court to clean up the boards and hopefully Evans will be our guy for the rest of the season. 10 freakin boards in the first quarter!!! NUTS!!!

    Bargnani is soft and he won’t board, no issue with that. Just as long as he puts up 20-25 points a night with a decent %, I’m happy.

    Enjoying watching DeRozen too. Harry Rosen has to step up and do some sort of sponsorship deal with him.

    On The Fence Sports

    25 Nov 10 at 10:16 am

  2. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Navin Vaswani, Kevin A.. Kevin A. said: RT @eyebleaf: Sports And The City: Rebounding for two http://bit.ly/ePMbWF Reggie Evans. 22 rebounds. As many as AB has in his last 5 games. [...]

  3. Considering Bargnani’s deficiencies, Evans has to be re-signed, right? And if this is how it’s going to work, Andrea has to average 25 a night. His production from beyond the arc, 43.8%, highest of his career, must continue.

    DeRozan’s showed flashes. I think Weems might have more upside than DeMar. It’s certainly a young base to build around, when you consider Bargnani, Johnson, Weems, DeRozan and now Bayless are all 25 and under.

    Give Colangelo a contract!

    Navin Vaswani

    25 Nov 10 at 11:06 am

  4. Jennings – sg – Beasley – Bargnani – Hibbert

    oh what could’ve been…

    I really hope that you’re joking about keeping the raptors front office intact.

    HL

    25 Nov 10 at 8:06 pm

  5. Forget Caldeford. Long live Andreggie Evgnani!

    Xave

    25 Nov 10 at 11:31 pm

  6. @ HL: Hindsight. She’s a beauty. And I’m not joking. It’s quite clear to me that Colangelo’s sticking around. Plus, he’s entertaining. What other roster has as much turnover as the Raptors’? Let’s give him a chance to clean up his own mess.

    @ Xave: Andreggie Evgnani. Love it.

    Navin Vaswani

    26 Nov 10 at 1:50 pm

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