Number 10: Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
2012-13 Numbers (averages per game): 15.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 18.3 PER
This last spot was basically a tossup between Randolph and Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder. What made me settle on Randolph is his complete dominance on the boards.
On the season, Zach Randolph’s total rebounding percentage, which estimates what percentage of all available rebounds he’ll get in a game, is an absurd 19.6%, which means 1/5 of all possible rebounds end up in his hands. On defense, that stat is an even more ludicrous 25.3%. To make all this more remarkable, he rebounds this well without sacrificing his defensive positions, posting a defensive rating better than that of Ibaka on the season.
But Randolph’s skill doesn’t end there. He’s also a valuable asset on offense and has the chops to make big plays in the playoffs, best displayed in the Grizzlies’ playoff run two years ago, when he averaged a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Combine all this, and you see why Z-Bo is one of the league’s best.
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