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Basketball Rebounds

What is a rebound? What is rebound percentage and the difference between offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds? Get ready to learn about rebounds in basketball.

Basketball Rebounds

A rebound is a type of turnover and statistic in basketball that results in the other team getting possession of the ball. Turnovers happen when a shot attempt misses the net after hitting the backboard or falling out of the air with an airball. There are two types of rebounds:

  1. Offensive rebounds
  2. Defensive rebounds

Basketball Rebound

The Backboard

The backboard is a piece of equipment attached to the hoop, rim, and net. Backboards are used by players to frame the shot and hit bank shots and layups.

Basketball Backboard

Offensive Rebounds In Basketball

An offensive rebound is a rebound caught by an offensive player on the same team that shot the ball. It's called an offensive rebound because the team that shot the ball is on offense.

IMPORTANT: Offensive rebounds are not considered turnovers because your team maintains possession of the ball. Offensive rebounds are still recorded as rebounds in the statistics of the game, just not as turnovers!

Offensive Rebound Percentage

If your team has a high offensive rebound percentage it shows that your team is able to recover rebounds and play effective offense.

Having a low offensive rebound percentage correlates with a high turnover percentage. Having a high turnover percentage is bad for teams because it indicates the other team played better.

Defensive Rebounds In Basketball

A defensive rebound is a rebound caught by a defensive player on the other team. It's called a defensive rebound because the team that is defending is on defense. Defensive rebounds are considered turnovers in the statistics.

Defensive Rebound Percentage

If your team has a high defensive rebound percentage it shows that your team is able to recover rebounds and play effective defense.

Having a low defensive rebound percentage typically correlates with a lower score for your team in a game. If your team is not getting rebounds, then they are allowing points to be scored.

Basketball Boxing Out

Boxing out is a strategy used by players on both teams to increase the chance of getting the rebound. When players box out, they stand close to the hoop and face it while blocking the player on the opposing team. Boxing out is all about making sure you get the rebound if it bounces off the backboard.

Basketball Boxing Out

You can learn more about boxing out in Basketball Boxing Out.

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