Promising Raptors offensive rebounding still a work in progress

Title: Promising Raptors offensive rebounding still a work in progress
Date: November 2, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at how the Raptors could be an elite offensive rebounding team but may choose not to be.

As the shot went up, Pascal Siakam left his position in the corner and stormed toward the rim. It’s a natural, instinctive response from a player who made a name thanks in large part to his rebounding prowess, and who is succeeding early on in his NBA career due to his energy and hustle. Offensive rebounding stands to be one of Siakam’s strengths as a rookie. The desire to make something happen and create a second chance is an understandable one.

Unfortunately for Siakam, DeMarre Carroll had the same idea, and the two forwards joined Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas in a chase for the ensuing offensive rebound. With four players below the free-throw line, the Raptors stood little chance of getting back in transition once the Cleveland Cavaliers secured the board in traffic.

“Boom. Lo and behold, there they go on a jail-break going to the other end,” head coach Dwane Casey said the following day.

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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