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Orlando Magic Preseason Lookback, Vol. 2: Advanced Rebounding and Passing Metrics

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As a sort of interlude between the meatier Orlando Magic preseason evaluations, I wanted to take a look at their players' individual rebounding and ballhandling statistics, with a major assist from Pick And Scroll's Advanced Stats Calculator. First, a look at rebounding rate, which estimates the percentage of available rebounds a given player snares when on the court. The leaders are shaded, but in this case, you could probably guess the leaders.

Rebounding Rate Stats
Player OReb% DReb% TReb%
Malik Allen 0 5.4 3.1
Ryan Anderson 9.4 22.0 16.4
Brandon Bass 11.4 22.8 17.4
Vince Carter 2.0 10.4 6.9
Chris Duhon 1.7 6.2 4.3
Marcin Gortat 3.0 22.9 14.6
Dwight Howard 11.7 36.3 26.1
Rashard Lewis 1.9 9.6 6.4
Jameer Nelson 0.8 9.9 6.0
Mickael Pietrus 1.2 11.7 6.6
J.J. Redick 0.9 12.0 7.3
Quentin Richardson 4.8 18.0 12.1
Stanley Robinson 10.6 22.3 17.5

Yes, Dwight Howard dominated the boards to a ridiculous extent in the preseason, which included grabbing more than one in three available defensive boards when on the court. Ryan Anderson and Brandon Bass continue to improve in the rebounding areas, Marcin Gortat continues to decline--though his work on the defensive glass is still exemplary--and Quentin Richardson lived up to his reputation as an excellent rebounder on the wings.

At the other end of the spectrum, every Magic player managed to grab a higher percentage of available rebounds than 6-foot-10 forward Malik Allen. The only players with worse rebounding rates than the 6-foot-10 Rashard Lewis were the two point guards and Allen.

After the jump, passing stats, once again with the aid of the Advanced Stats Calculator.

This table will include usage rate, which estimates the percentage of team possessions used when on the floor; assist and turnover rates, which estimate the percentage of a given player's possessions that end with those respective outcomes; and Pure Point Rating, a John Hollinger-devised metric which aims to improve on assist-to-turnover ratio by counting turnovers as more harmful than assists are helpful and adjusting for minutes played.

Passing/Ballhandling Rate Stats
Player Usage% AST% TO% PPR
Malik Allen 15.0 0 10.8 -3.4
Ryan Anderson 22.4 5.5 8.4 -1.9
Brandon Bass 24.6 10.1 15.7 -4.7
Vince Carter 24.7 16.8 11.7 -0.2
Chris Duhon 15.0 33.1 35.9 4.2
Marcin Gortat 14.2 6.3 23.3 -4.1
Dwight Howard 27.6 6.6 21.4 -10.1
Rashard Lewis 19.5 6.8 8.1 -0.7
Jameer Nelson 17.2 38.4 13.1 11.6
Mickael Pietrus 19.1 5.4 7.5 -1.1
J.J. Redick 20.7 15.3 18.2 -1.0
Quentin Richardson 18.1 17.4 11.5 2.5
Stanley Robinson 14.7 7.2 8.5 0.8

Nelson's passing statistics were marvelous during the exhibition schedule, which is obvious here. He trimmed his shot attempts--and therefore usage--in favor of passing first, with great results. Duhon was far less successful, and needs to be choosier with his passes.

After expressing frustration with his lack of offensive involvement all summer, it must vex Marcin Gortat to have the lowest usage rate on the entire team, including camp invitees Malik Allen and Stanley Robinson. Remember, Gortat is the go-to-guy on the Polish National Team. He's having to sacrifice a lot in Orlando. It wouldn't have hurt the Magic too badly to run a few plays for him.

Pietrus' profile won't change much in the regular season. Because he's a catch-and-shoot player, he posts surprisingly low assist numbers, but also low turnovers. The same can be said for Ryan Anderson and Rashard Lewis.